House backs $40B state budget, Senate up next

St. James Hospital in Butte

St. James Hospital in Butte

The measure still needs approval from that committee and the full House before it could go to the Senate for more hearings and votes.

"There's a path to victory", Cook said.

Just before Trump's January inauguration, the House of Representatives passed the "Regulatory Accountability Act", combining a half dozen bills to radically change government regulation.

Colorado's sales tax is now 2.9 percent.

The possibility of a 90-day requirement remains one of the biggest patient-focused differences between House and Senate measures crafted to carry out a constitutional amendment - overwhelmingly approved by voters in November - that legalized marijuana for a broad swath of people with debilitating medical conditions. "Clearly this compromise solves the problem for one year but it doesn't address the problem", Jewell said.

The House budget does not call for any tax increases.

Others are skeptical the savings would be realized.

Republicans have pushed hard this week the message that the Legislature has paid for infrastructure projects through other bills such as water projects and state-owned buildings.

"We have money within the budget that we should focus on freeing up to utilize".

State lawmakers lowered maximum class sizes in kindergarten through third grade from 24 students to between 19 and 21 students as part of last year's budget.

"Everyone's panicked about times, but I think we actually have some time left on the play clock here", Knudsen said he's not ready yet to throw in the towel.

Deckerhoff said one of the dispensaries in the state has run out of the product his son uses, forcing him to go to a second dispensary, which has since changed the formula. "Let's do the right thing for the state of Montana".

House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, spearheaded the opposition.

In negotiations with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, Knudsen said he tried to get the governor's support on three prominent GOP issues in exchange for support for bonding, but Bullock wouldn't agree.

"When (virtual charter) schools are ... saying they have 100 percent attendance, that doesn't pass the smell test", said House sponsor John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon.

"What we've seen is Republican priorities are not as important as Democrat priorities, that somehow Democrat priorities take precedence over Republican priorities". Montanans want us to create good-paying jobs, build safer roads and bridges, and strengthen our economy.

Republican lawmakers launched the next round in their fight against federal regulation on Wednesday, helped by at least one Democrat, as the U.S. Senate began work on legislation to change almost every step agencies take in creating and applying new rules. They said they may lay off many specialized teachers who don't have the needed state certification to teach regular K-3 classes.

Brandy Johnson has been pushing for passage of a bill like SB 48 since her husband was killed in the line of duty.

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