180 bills signed into law so far this legislative session

More than a thousand House and Senate bills have been introduced this session, with nearly half of those either tabled or probably dead. On Monday, Gov. Steve Bullock signed several bills introduced by Missoula Rep. Kim Dudik. (Freddy Monares/UM Legislative News Service)

By Cole Grant/UM Legislative News Service

HELENA – Montana Governor Steve Bullock has signed nearly 180 bills into law so far this legislative session, on issues ranging from water rights to foster care.

Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-Missoula, had a bill of hers signed Monday that would give foster kids 14 years or older more of a say in their living situation until they hit 18. House Bill 351 overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate.

“I feel great about it,” Dudik said. “It was a good step in the right direction, and it’s been really great seeing the bipartisan support for these issues, and for children in our state.”

Dudik has had half a dozen of her bills signed into law during this year’s Legislature.

More than a thousand House and Senate bills have been introduced this session, with nearly half of those either tabled or probably dead.

The Montana Legislature has about a dozen scheduled days left in session.

Cole Grant is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, a partnership of the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.