By Shaylee Ragar
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

State Budget Bill Ahead of Schedule, But Many Other Spending Bills Sparking Debate at Montana Legislature


April 17, 2019

The only constitutionally-mandated assignment for state lawmakers is to construct a balanced two-year budget, and the 66th Montana Legislature is ahead of schedule.

Butte Democratic Sen. Jon Sesso said on the Senate floor that approving a budget this early is "fairly unprecedented." Last week, senators voted to pass an amended version of a budget 28-21. The House must approve the amendments, and then it will be sent to the governor.

The process of passing House Bill 2, the bill that outlines the budget, begins with a revenue projection and a proposed budget from the governor before the sess...

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