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2009 MT LEGISLATURE

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What's Happening in Helena
coverage of the 2009 Montana Legislature

Thursdays at 7pm
hosted by Jackie Yamanaka and Jim Gransbery

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Jackie Yamanaka & Jim GransberyYPR News Director Jackie Yamanaka and Jim Gransbery are back for another series of weekly dispatches from the Montana Legislature.

During this live program, Jackie (reporting from Helena) and Jim (in YPR's Billings studios) talk with the individuals directly involved in the legislative process, including bill sponsors, legislative leaders, the governor, state agency officials, and others.

Upcoming Programs

April 23
TO BE SCHEDULED

In addition to their guests, Jackie and Jim welcome comments and questions from listeners. Please read How to Participate in Live Call-In Programs for more information about getting your questions and comments on the air.

You can also submit your questions or comments via e-mail.

 

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YPR will maintain a complete archive of What's Happening in Helena, available as on-demand, streaming audio using the Windows Media Audio (WMA) format, and as MP3 files encoded at 64kbps.

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April 16
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome Senate Minority Leader Carol Williams (D-Missoula) for her outlook on the state budget (HB 2 [HB 2 text]), the stimulus spending bill (HB 645 [HB 645 text]), and what's next from the Senate Democrats' perspective. Also, Representative Mike Jopek (D-Whitefish) discusses HB 658 [HB 658 text], which deals with mitigating property tax reappraisals.

 

April 2
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome Senator Ryan Zinke (R-Whitefish). The retired Nayy SEAL is serving his first term, and he'll discuss how he balances his legislative work with family and life in the private sector. Also, Senate Finance and Claims Committee Chair Keith Bales (R-Otter) discusses the state's budget and stimulus spending bills.

 

March 26
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome Senator Jeff Essmann (R-Billings). He'll discuss SB 506 [SB 506 text], which would authorize a local option tax, and SB 503 [SB 503 text], which attempts to reduce the capital gains tax for small businesses when the owner sells it. Also, Senator Kim Gillan (D-Billings) explains SB 234 [SB 234 text], which requires insurance companies to to cover autism treatment for children.

 

March 19
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome Senator Dave Lewis (R-Helena) for a discussion of the liabilities in the public employee pension funds. Also, Representative Dan Villa (D-Anaconda) talks about education funding. Rep. Villa chairs the Joint Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

 

March 12
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Jackie and Jim welcome Senator Taylor Brown (R-Huntley) for his observations on the 2009 Legislature from the perspective of a freshman legislator. Also, Representative Penny Morgan (R-Billings) discusses the health and human services portion of the state budget, with particular attention to obtaining funding for the Montana Healthy Kids Plan.

 

March 5
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome freshman legislator Representative Scott Reichner (R-Big Fork) and Representative Dennis Himmelberger (R-Billings), who is serving his last term, for a general discussion of Montana's citizen legislature.

 

February 26
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome House Minority Leader Scott Sales (R-Bozeman) for his perspective on the first half of the 2009 Legislature, the state budget, and the federal stimulus money coming to Montana. Also, Senator Mike Cooney (D-Helena) weighs in on the federal stimulus package from his perspective as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which will begin hearings on the federal money next week. Cooney will also address the Healthy Montana Kids Plan (I-155) and the current inability of the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee to give spending authority to the initiative.

 

February 19
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jon Sesso (D-Butte). He will talk about how lawmakers will handle the federal stimulus money now that it has become official. Legislative leaders have agreed to a single bill (tentatively titled HB 2A) for the appropriation of the federal dollars. Chairman Sesso will also discuss HB 2 [HB 2 text], the state's main spending bill.

Also, Senator Christine Kaufmann (D-Helena) discusses SB 414 [SB 414 text], which would constitutionally declare health care to be a human right, as well as her bills relating to oil and gas taxation.

 

February 12
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome back Terry Johnson, the Legislative Fiscal Division's Principal Fiscal Analyst, for an examination of the latest revenue projections. Also, Representative Bill Wilson (D-Great Falls) explains HB 396 [HB 396 text], which would cap the interest rate on deferred deposit and title loans.

 

January 29
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome Speaker of the House Bob Bergren (D-Havre) and Senate President Bob Story (D-Park City) for their reactions to the Governor's State of the State Address, their legislative agendas, and the progress so far for their respective chambers and cuacuses.

 

January 22
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This week, Jackie and Jim welcome Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns. The university system budgets are before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, with ecexutive action scheduled for next week. Also, Representative Chuck Hunter (D-Helena) discusses HB 157 [HB 157 text], which sets the parameters for implementing the Healthy Montana Kids Plan Act.

 

January 15
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Jackie and Jim welcome Representative Kendall Van Dyk (D-Billings), who will discuss HB 190 [HB 190 text]. The bill seeks to revise laws related to stream access. Then, Senator Rick Liable (R-Darby) discusses the urban-wildlands interface and the people who live there. Sen. Liable has three bills up for consideration: SB 75 [SB 75 text], SB 144 [SB 144 text], and SB 145 [SB 145 text].

 

January 8
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Jackie and Jim kick off their coverage of the 61st Montana Legislature with a recap of the official business of swearing in the state's top officials and calling the session to order. Also, a look at the state's revenue outlook with Terry Johnson, Principal Fiscal Analyst-Revenue of the Legislative Fiscal Division.

Supplemental audio from the first week of the 2009 MT Legislature:

speaker buttonGov. Brian Schweitzer (WMA)
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Governor Brian Schweitzer's (D) remarks, delivered January 5, 2009, after he was sworn in to a second term.

speaker buttonMT Senate President Bob Story (WMA)
m p3 chickletMT Senate President Bob Story (MP3)
Remarks from MT Senate President Bob Story (R-Park City), delivered January
5, 2009, on the Senate floor.

speaker buttonMT House Minority Leader Scott Sales (WMA)
m p3 chickletMT House Minority Leader Scott Sales (MP3)
Remarks from MT House Minority Leader Scott Sales (R-Bozeman), delivered January 5, 2009, on the House Floor.

speaker buttonScott Sales Quote Correction (WMA)
m p3 chickletScott Sales Quote Correction (MP3)
On January 5, 2009, MT House Minority Leader Scott Sales (R-Bozeman) read a series of quotes that were attributed to former President Abraham Lincoln. A newspaper reporter looked into those quotes and found that they have been mis-attributed to Lincoln. Presbyterian minister William J.H. Boetcker wrote them in 1916 for a pamphlet called "The Ten Cannots." Sales rose on the House Floor Jan 8, 2009, to address the issue.

speaker buttonMT House Majority Leader Margarett Campbell (WMA)
m p3 chickletMT House Majority Leader Margarett Campbell (MP3)
Remarks from MT House Majority Leader Margarett Campbell (D-Poplar), delivered January 5, 2009, on the House Floor.

 


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