About this project
This guide is an effort to make the quantifiable aspects of the Montana Legislature more accessible to the public. It compiles information about lawmakers, proposed bills and the legislative process, along with contextual information that can help Montana citizens make sense of the work their elected representatives are doing in Helena. This is a project of Montana Free Press, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit newsroom that aims to provide Montanans with in-depth, nonpartisan news coverage.
The data presented here is sourced primarily from the Montana Legislature’s official roster and its official bill-tracking system, the Legislative Automated Workflow System, or LAWS. Data from LAWS is collected daily using an open-source scraping script developed by the Open States project.
Web design, data wrangling and other reporting for this guide was done by MTFP data reporter Eric Dietrich. Contact email@example.com with bug reports, questions or suggestions.
Feature updates and bug fixes
- Jan. 27 - Lawmaker location descriptions were updated to correct errors where non-Helena lawmakers had listed a Helena mailing address on the official legislative roster. Location descriptors, e.g., "D-Helena," were also generally updated to reflect place of representation instead of place of residence for lawmakers who don't live in one of their district's major communities.