Two controversial bills that galvanized opposition at a couple of lengthy hearings, one prohibiting gender affirming care for minors and the other changing the obscenity law for materials in schools, passed their respective committees.
The bill would allow owners of gambling machines to report “negative income” and deduct it from their total earnings so they don’t pay the state’s 15% gambling tax when their machines pay out more in winnings than they earn.
Republicans in the Montana Legislature – where they currently hold a supermajority – want to change the makeup of interim legislative committees so the majority party has more power, which they say would simply reflect the will of voters.
The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Monday on a bill that would protect medical professionals if they refuse to give medical treatment because they believe it goes against their morals or conscience.
Whether it's the revocation of a local option gas tax approved by voters or a ban on local zoning for solar-powered homes and electric cars, the Montana Legislature hasn't been shy when usurping local control and the will of local voters.