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Juneau Touts Four-Day School Week in State of Education Address

Newly re-elected Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau touted a four-day school week for Montana’s public education system during her State of Education Address on Monday. Juneau said that a four-day week could be a way to cut costs and raise morale for both teachers and students. “This is just one example of innovative […]

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Despite Previous Opposition from Schweitzer, Online Transparency Database Gets Bullock's Approval

Gov. Steve Bullock unveiled State of Montana Transparency yesterday, a website that allows Montanans to track state spending and public employee pay online. A previous effort to create an “online checkbook” was shut down by former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, when he vetoed HB 444 in 2011, a bill introduced by former Republican Rep. Tom Burnett […]

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State Dept. of Commerce Plans to Spend $200,000 on "Tourism Related Events"

In a press release on Monday, the Montana Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that it is giving away $200,000 to twelve different Montana communities for “tourism related events.” Kalispell received the largest amount of money, receiving a total of $65,300 for the “Montana Dragon Boat Festival” canoe race on Flathead Lake ($29,300), the “Pond Hockey […]

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OPI Touts Success of "Graduation Matters," but Rate Remains Below 10-Year Highs

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) released a report on Wednesday touting the success of “Graduation Matters Montana,” a four-year old program designed to raise the state’s high school graduation rate. “Since the launch of Graduation Matters Montana, the statewide dropout rate has been on the decline, and the graduation rate has gone up,” the report […]

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Democrat Senate Minority Whip Proposes Legislation Prohibiting the State From Owning Armed Drones

Democratic Minority Whip Robyn Driscoll (SD-26), representing Downtown Billings, introduced SB-150 this week, a bill that would prohibit governmental entities within the state of Montana from owning or using unmanned aerial vehicles containing an “antipersonnel device”. The bill goes on to define that an “‘antipersonnel device’ means any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed […]

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DVD Provided to Legislature on Redistricting Plan Shows Conflicting Communities of Interest

Districting and Apportionment Commission Chair Jim Regnier presented the commission’s redistricting plan to the state legislature last Friday, providing highlights and data relevant to the proposed plan, leading to concerns on the merits of the adopted plan. Media Trackers Montana was able to obtain a copy of a DVD handed out to legislators by the […]

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Copies of Districting and Apportionment DVD Files

Files provided on House Districts: CoreReport_Renumbered_HD_Dec14.pdf tcp126-House-County-12-10.pdf tcp126-House-CPs-12-10.pdf House-Population-Summary-12-10.pdf VRA-district-stats-TCP126.pdf Files provided on Senate Districts: CoreReport_Renumbered_SD_Dec14.pdf tcp126-Senate-censusplace.pdf tcp126-Senate-county.pdf tcp126-Senate-popsumreport.pdf adopted-pairs-tcp-12-6-numbers.pdf Maps: Senate_12_6_Map_Book.pdf House_12_6_Map_Book.pdf General Files: Final-Report-for-1-8-Leg-Submission-2363RWNA.pdf Letter-to-Legislature-1-8-13.pdf

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Republican Bill Would Give Democratic State Auditor Powers Over Private Insurance Companies in Montana

Democratic State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen is joining forces with Republican House Majority Whip Jeffrey Welborn (HD-72) to promote HB 87, a bill that would give the State Auditor the authority to regulate health insurance premiums statewide. The bill — which is sponsored by Welborn — would force private insurers to submit any […]

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