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Greg Gianforte (R)
Last updated 8:32 PM Mar 1, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte

Gov. Greg Gianforte, elected in Nov. 2020, took office in early 2021 as Montana’s first Republican governor since 2005.

The governor appoints state agency heads and is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day management of government. The governor also prepares a budget proposal that serves as a starting point for the legislative appropriations process, where lawmakers determine how much the governor’s executive branch is allowed to spend.

Bills passed by the Legislature are sent to the governor, who can sign them into law, issue a veto, or let them become law without his signature. Vetos can be overridden by two-thirds majority votes in both the House and Senate.

The governor's desk

As of 3/1/21, 59 bills from the 2021 Legislature had been sent to Gov. Gianforte for his signature.

Currently before the governor

SB 9: Provide for motorcycle filtering
From Russ Tempel (R)Bill text
Governor
Before governor
SB 14: Provide for tribal participation in 9-1-1 grant program
Governor
Before governor
SB 17: Clarify minors' ability to disaffirm contracts for housing is restricted
Governor
Before governor
SB 28: Revise captive insurance laws relating to examinations by the commissioner
Governor
Before governor
SB 31: Require consideration of less restrictive options in guardianship proceedings
Governor
Before governor
SB 50: Revise membership of the Board of Crime Control
Governor
Before governor
SB 54: Require reviews of experimental on-site wastewater treatment systems
Governor
Before governor
SB 56: Make MDT, FWP employee grievance procedures same as for other state employees
Governor
Before governor
SB 67: Revise laws pertaining to law enforcement
Governor
Before governor
SB 70: Revise laws pertaining to physical therapists
Governor
Before governor
Showing 10 of 21.

Vetoed

The Montana Constitution requires that the governor provide explanation for vetos. Vetos can be overridden by two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate.
None at present

Signed into law

SB 1: Revise lobbying laws to update terminology and conform lobbying definition
Passed
Became Law
HB 1: Feed Bill to fund 67th Legislative session and prepare for 2023
Passed
Became Law
SB 3: Revise motor carrier authority within reservation boundaries
Passed
Became Law
HB 3: Supplemental Appropriations Bill
Passed
Became Law
SB 5: Establish a memorial highway designation
Passed
Became Law
SB 6: Revise distribution dates for lodging taxes
Passed
Became Law
HB 15: Implement K-12 Inflation
Passed
Became Law
SB 19: Revise staffing and structure of Board of Crime Control
Passed
Became Law
SB 21: Revise deposit of lobbying fee and repeal broadcasting special account
Passed
Became Law
HB 23: Revise tax lien and tax deed process
Passed
Became Law
Showing 10 of 38.

Became law without signature

Bills that have become law without the governor's signature after the governor chooses not to issue a signature or a veto by the deadlines specified in the Montana Constitution: 5 days if the Legislature is in session, and 25 days if it isn't.
None at present
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News coverage

MTFP legislative coverage involving the Governor's Office
Gianforte signs ‘constitutional carry’ gun bill
2/18/21
This week in Helena, Feb. 8-12
2/12/21
Gianforte administration calls for tax cuts to lure out-of-state entrepreneurs
2/11/21
Gianforte says he’ll lift state mask mandate this week
2/10/21
Business equipment tax cut gets initial hearing
2/9/21
Cutting out the judicial appointment middleman
2/9/21
Can Montana get a grip on addiction?
2/9/21
COVID liability shield clears Legislature
2/4/21
Gianforte stresses ‘resilience’ in first State of the State address
1/29/21
Raising teacher salaries
1/26/21
Gianforte fills out cabinet
1/21/21
First of multiple anti-abortion measures advance
1/21/21
‘Right-to-work’ returns
1/13/21
Senate holds hearing on COVID liability protections
1/8/21
A new day at DEQ and DNRC
1/8/21
Gianforte budget calls for multiple tax reductions
1/7/21
Gianforte signals support for state pay plan proposal
1/6/21
The stories of 2020
1/2/21
Gianforte holds first press conference
12/4/20
Gianforte picks ‘full-spectrum conservative’ as lead lawyer
12/1/20
Gianforte names U.S. Attorney as budget director
11/24/20
How will the GOP spend its mandate?
11/6/20

More information about this guide is available here. Reach data reporter Eric Dietrich with questions, comments or bug reports for this project at edietrich@montanafreepress.org.

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