And away we go!
Legislators in both House and Senate chambers were sworn in as the 68th Legislative Session kicked off Monday.
Republicans are going into the 90-day sprint with a supermajority and a slew of proposed legislation ranging from constitutional amendments to how to distribute the nearly $2 billion in budget surplus — and some expected bills from the Governor’s Office from a task force to reduce red tape.
“The clock is ticking now,” said Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen during her remarks in the House. “May the great minds of this room unite over the common vision for a better Montana.”
Families crowded the gallery, with children in some cases on the laps of legislators. Speaker of the House Matt Regier, R-Kalispell, and Senate President Sen. Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, in their respective speeches made sure to thank family members for their patience in the upcoming…