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House Advances MEDIA Act, Supports More Tax Incentives for Movie Industry
The House of Representatives gave bipartisan preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill aimed at drawing the film industry to Montana.
Montana’s Proposed “Pollinator Protection Act” Seeks to Help Save the Bees
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that annual colony loss averaged 39% over the last decade.
Job Tax Credit Bill Enters Legislature Again
Montana businesses that add 15 new jobs over three years would be eligible for a tax credit under a new bill in the legislature.
Bill Aims to Capture Bed Tax from Online Bookings
Montana has had a 4% sales tax on hotel rooms and rental cars since the late 80’s. But, the way people rent rooms and cars has changed a lot since then.
As 2021 Legislature Wraps First Half, Here’s What’s Moving Forward
Despite all the challenges brought by the pandemic, lawmakers in the 67th Montana Legislative Session are wasting no time in pushing through a deluge of bills
Montana Lawmakers Focus in on Capturing Film Industry Dollars
“It was kind of crazy,” she said, describing how Missoulians set out chairs and lined around the block to watch the shoot. “I still, to this day, have people coming in and saying, ‘Oh, you filmed in Yellowstone!’”
Legislature Considers Bill to Reduce Income Tax Rate
For more than two hours Thursday, lawmakers heard testimony from 20 proponents and 18 opponents on Senate Bill 159, which would slash the top income tax rate from 6.9% to 6.75%.
Lawmakers Grapple with Solutions to Montana’s Youth Mental Health Crisis
The Montana Legislature is grappling with how best to support mental health programs in schools, an issue experts say was important even before the COVID-19 pandemic brought on new and stressful challenges for students.
Bill Making it Harder to Take Over As An Adult’s Legal Guardian Advances
Lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill Thursday that would force a person applying to become an adult’s legal guardian to explain to a court why a less intrusive option wouldn’t work.
Bill Would Continue Solar, Water and Wind Project Grants
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation distributes the grants, but needs legislative approval first.