This year, the volume of bills Montana lawmakers heard as they crashed against the midpoint time frame was tremendous.
"You weren't here at the roundup and you were unexcused, so you don't get to vote in the meeting," Rep. Derek Skees said.
Results from tests Monday show three positives, which include a legislator case previously reported and two members of House staff.
The bill is called the Youth Health Protection Act, the same name as House Bill 113 brought by Republican Rep. John Fuller in January.
On Tuesday the Lewis and Clark County public health officer sent legislative leadership a letter saying her office had received reports from local businesses frustrated with lawmakers not following local and state health rules amid the pandemic.
Gianforte said those protections were one of the requirements needed for him to lift the statewide mask mandate.
The state House gave initial approval Monday to a bill the sponsor said will provide liability protections to the state's businesses over exposure to COVID-19.
As House Bill 112 moved through the Montana House Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning, the chorus of voices against the legislation grew louder.
Montana lawmakers will consider two anti-trans bills next week, one of which would fine healthcare providers for providing gender affirming treatment to transgender youth and the other seeking to force athletes to participate in sports aligned with gender assigned at birth
A small group of lawmakers Friday adopted measures that "highly recommend" and "highly encourage" things like mask use and temperature checks in the Montana Capitol, but stopped short of requiring them.
As lawmakers prepare to meet virtually Wednesday to determine how the 2021 legislative session will function in a pandemic, incoming Republican Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte sent leadership a letter outlining the protocols his office plans to take.
Montana Republicans in the House on Tuesday approved amendments to their rules that would make it possible for committee chairs to kill bills through inaction, though committees themselves could overturn that with a majority vote.
The day after nearly 100 mostly unmasked Republican lawmakers gathered in Helena to caucus, the local city-county health board sent a letter telling newly elected legislative leaders the "safest possible plan" would be to hold the upcoming session remotely.
Lawmakers gathered in Helena on Wednesday to elect their leadership for the upcoming session in caucuses that, at least on the Republican side, offered little in the way of mask use in acknowledgement of the novel coronavirus and pandemic.
The public health officer in Lewis and Clark County is recommending lawmakers participate remotely in upcoming caucuses and orientations set for later this week in Helena.
An effort to raise the the number of votes the Legislature needs to pass a new tax or increase an existing one cleared the House on Monday.
Carrying signs and cheering upcoming “personhood” legislation, more than 250 opponents of abortion rallied at the Montana Capitol on Friday before walking in unison for the annual March for Life.
A new rule could make it easier for transgender and intersex Montanans to correct the gender marker on their birth certificate.
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