The judge found two late changes to a bill were made under unconstitutional circumstances.
The localized vetting panel is made up of attorneys, law enforcement, former judges, Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribe members and business owners.
A state district court judge has denied a request to remove the ankle-monitoring bracelets of a Plentywood man accused of raping two developmentally disabled women.
"In this case the subject of the challenged initiative already has been found to be facially unconstitutional," Gallatin County District Court Judge Peter Ohman wrote.
Judge Jon A. Oldenburg will retire in July.
Jim Brown's campaign is against Justice Ingrid Gustafson's bid for re-election and challenger Mike McMahon, a district court judge in Lewis and Clark County.
"I do think experience matters, and I do think my record is one of reliability and consistency," Justice Ingrid Gustafson said in an interview Wednesday.
McMahon, 57, describes his judicial philosophy as being a "strict constructionist," one who eyes the exact language of the law when deciding a motion or case.
The lawsuit argued that abortion services fell within the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses and is accepted by licensing boards.
The 6-1 ruling upholds a district court decision from July.
The groups in December sued Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission over discrepancies in the state’s wolf hunting and trapping regulations.
A Helena judge on Tuesday said supporters of an initiative aimed at capping property taxes can start gathering signatures again.
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request to reverse a lower court’s halting of signature gathering for a ballot measure, saying the district court could bring a faster resolution to the case.
Backers of initiatives must gather a set amount of signatures to get on the ballot.
Arguing that the changes will irreparably harm the voting rights of Native Americans living in Montana, the plaintiffs are asking for an injunction.
That's likely an undercount of the actual amount of public funds used to defend against lawsuits seeking to overturn new laws.
When voters approved recreational cannabis in the fall of 2020, they also created a path for people previously convicted of now-legal actions to have their records cleared.
Gov. Greg Gianforte on Wednesday tapped prosecutor Brett Linneweber to fill the Yellowstone County District Court Judge position being vacated by Judge Gregory Todd after he retires this month.
Andrew Breuner has served as the Belgrade City Court judge since 2015.
The judge agreed with the Board of Regents, finding that the Montana Constitution is clear in vesting power over the university system and its campuses with the board.
Leaders have complained for years that Billings has become a “dumping ground” for many of the state's paroled and prerelease convicts, some of whom have committed heinous crimes here.
The news outlets are challenging the decision by GOP members of a legislative committee to trim their numbers below a quorum in order to close a meeting to the public.
The public can provide comments or letters of support on the applicants through Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.
The laws are halted for 10 days or until the judge decides if he'll issue a preliminary injunction, whichever happens first.
During the Sept. 23 hearing, comments from the judge hit on the ongoing dispute between the judiciary branch and the Legislature.