Posted: Feb 25, 2013 4:20 PM by MTN News
This week, Montana lawmakers will be working hard to get general bills passed before the transmittal deadline on Thursday.
Any bills that do not affect state revenue or spending must make it through their first house by Thursday or they die.
The House will vote on a number of bills on Tuesday, including one that would require females under 18 to get parental consent to have an abortion.
And, the Senate will vote on more than a dozen bills, including some to revise bison management, campaign finance and eminent domain laws.
As the session moves forward, some of the major issues will be Medicaid expansion, state employee pensions and school funding.
On Saturday, one controversial school funding bill passed with bipartisan support in the Senate with a final vote of 32-17.
That bill, Senate Bill 175, would increase state funding and cut property taxes for public schools across the state.