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Last updated 8:32 PM Mar 1, 2021

The Montana House

67 Republicans, 33 Democrats

The Montana House is the Legislature’s larger chamber, with 100 representatives elected to two-year terms. Appropriations measures, such as the state budget bill, typically originate in the House.

Representatives propose laws by introducing House bills, which face initial review in committees that decide which measures deserve debate on the House floor. Floor action occurs in two phases, usually on different days: a “second reading” where lawmakers debate a bill, consider amendments and vote on whether to advance the bill, and then a final “third reading” vote.

House bills that have passed the House are transmitted to the Senate, which conducts a similar review process. If a House bill is amended by the Senate, it is returned to the House for representatives to vote again on the amended version. Once a bill passes both chambers, it is forwarded to the governor.

Bills fail either when lawmakers don’t advance them fast enough to meet procedural deadlines, or when they’re subjected to an adverse vote. In some cases, sponsors may also withdraw their bills from consideration.

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Leadership

Speaker of the House

Membership

Republicans

DistrictLawmakerVotes in majority
w/ most Rs
w/ most Ds
HD 1
R-Libby
92%
97% w/ Rs
66% w/ Ds
HD 2
R-Eureka
90%
93% w/ Rs
66% w/ Ds
HD 3
R-Columbia Falls
90%
94% w/ Rs
64% w/ Ds
HD 4
R-Kalispell
85%
90% w/ Rs
61% w/ Ds
HD 6
R-Kalispell
92%
96% w/ Rs
66% w/ Ds
HD 7
R-Kalispell
96%
93% w/ Rs
75% w/ Ds
HD 8
R-Kalispell
90%
94% w/ Rs
65% w/ Ds
HD 9
R-Kalispell
91%
87% w/ Rs
80% w/ Ds
HD 10
R-Bigfork
91%
95% w/ Rs
65% w/ Ds
HD 11
R-Kalispell
90%
94% w/ Rs
66% w/ Ds
HD 12
R-Polson
96%
95% w/ Rs
71% w/ Ds
HD 13
R-Thompson Falls
88%
92% w/ Rs
64% w/ Ds
HD 14
R-St Regis
97%
95% w/ Rs
73% w/ Ds
HD 17
R-Fairfield
98%
93% w/ Rs
75% w/ Ds
HD 18
R-Conrad
98%
94% w/ Rs
74% w/ Ds
HD 19
R-Ulm
95%
91% w/ Rs
73% w/ Ds
HD 20
R-Great Falls
97%
94% w/ Rs
73% w/ Ds
HD 21
R-Great Falls
96%
93% w/ Rs
75% w/ Ds
HD 22
R-Great Falls
85%
90% w/ Rs
61% w/ Ds
HD 23
R-Great Falls
91%
95% w/ Rs
65% w/ Ds
HD 24
R-Great Falls
88%
92% w/ Rs
63% w/ Ds
HD 25
R-Great Falls
96%
96% w/ Rs
70% w/ Ds
HD 26
R-Great Falls
94%
96% w/ Rs
68% w/ Ds
HD 27
R-Fort Benton
95%
96% w/ Rs
70% w/ Ds
HD 28
R-Havre
89%
92% w/ Rs
65% w/ Ds
HD 29
R-Lewistown
89%
92% w/ Rs
64% w/ Ds
HD 30
R-Martinsdale
95%
97% w/ Rs
69% w/ Ds
HD 33
R-Malta
94%
95% w/ Rs
69% w/ Ds
HD 34
R-Culbertson
88%
92% w/ Rs
65% w/ Ds
HD 35
R-Sidney
87%
92% w/ Rs
62% w/ Ds
HD 36
R-Glendive
90%
94% w/ Rs
64% w/ Ds
HD 37
R-Circle
91%
94% w/ Rs
66% w/ Ds
HD 38
R-Miles City
97%
93% w/ Rs
74% w/ Ds
HD 39
R-Forsyth
94%
90% w/ Rs
78% w/ Ds
HD 40
R-Roundup
89%
94% w/ Rs
65% w/ Ds
HD 43
R-Billings
93%
97% w/ Rs
67% w/ Ds
HD 44
R-Billings
93%
94% w/ Rs
69% w/ Ds
HD 45
R-Billings
92%
94% w/ Rs
68% w/ Ds
HD 46
R-Billings
91%
92% w/ Rs
68% w/ Ds
HD 50
R-Billings
92%
95% w/ Rs
69% w/ Ds
HD 51
R-Billings
95%
98% w/ Rs
68% w/ Ds
HD 52
R-Billings
96%
97% w/ Rs
71% w/ Ds
HD 53
R-Billings
88%
92% w/ Rs
63% w/ Ds
HD 54
R-Billings
89%
91% w/ Rs
66% w/ Ds
HD 55
R-Laurel
93%
94% w/ Rs
67% w/ Ds
HD 56
R-Billings
95%
98% w/ Rs
69% w/ Ds
HD 57
R-Columbus
89%
93% w/ Rs
64% w/ Ds
HD 58
R-Joliet
91%
95% w/ Rs
65% w/ Ds
HD 59
R-Pray
97%
95% w/ Rs
72% w/ Ds
HD 64
R-Bozeman
93%
97% w/ Rs
68% w/ Ds
HD 67
R-Belgrade
88%
92% w/ Rs
63% w/ Ds
HD 68
R-Belgrade
87%
90% w/ Rs
63% w/ Ds
HD 69
R-Manhattan
93%
95% w/ Rs
68% w/ Ds
HD 70
R-Townsend
97%
94% w/ Rs
73% w/ Ds
HD 71
R-Twin Bridges
97%
93% w/ Rs
75% w/ Ds
HD 72
R-Dillon
97%
92% w/ Rs
76% w/ Ds
HD 75
R-Clancy
98%
94% w/ Rs
74% w/ Ds
HD 78
R-Deer Lodge
96%
93% w/ Rs
75% w/ Ds
HD 80
R-Elliston
90%
92% w/ Rs
66% w/ Ds
HD 85
R-Hamilton
86%
91% w/ Rs
63% w/ Ds
HD 86
R-Hamilton
99%
94% w/ Rs
74% w/ Ds
HD 87
R-Pinesdale
93%
96% w/ Rs
67% w/ Ds
HD 88
R-Florence
96%
93% w/ Rs
74% w/ Ds
HD 92
R-Missoula
95%
92% w/ Rs
73% w/ Ds
HD 93
R-Ronan
89%
91% w/ Rs
65% w/ Ds
HD 96
R-Missoula
96%
92% w/ Rs
73% w/ Ds
HD 97
R-Missoula
82%
87% w/ Rs
57% w/ Ds

Democrats

DistrictLawmakerVotes in majority
w/ most Rs
w/ most Ds
HD 5
D-Whitefish
81%
77% w/ Rs
91% w/ Ds
HD 15
D-Browning
74%
69% w/ Rs
94% w/ Ds
HD 16
D-Browning
75%
70% w/ Rs
96% w/ Ds
HD 31
D-Poplar
74%
70% w/ Rs
91% w/ Ds
HD 32
D-Box Elder
68%
64% w/ Rs
90% w/ Ds
HD 41
D-Lame Deer
69%
64% w/ Rs
93% w/ Ds
HD 42
D-Crow Agency
72%
67% w/ Rs
93% w/ Ds
HD 47
D-Billings
74%
69% w/ Rs
96% w/ Ds
HD 48
D-Billings
73%
68% w/ Rs
96% w/ Ds
HD 49
D-Billings
76%
71% w/ Rs
93% w/ Ds
HD 60
D-Livingston
73%
68% w/ Rs
97% w/ Ds
HD 61
D-Bozeman
71%
66% w/ Rs
93% w/ Ds
HD 62
D-Bozeman
73%
68% w/ Rs
97% w/ Ds
HD 63
D-Bozeman
76%
71% w/ Rs
96% w/ Ds
HD 65
D-Bozeman
70%
65% w/ Rs
96% w/ Ds
HD 66
D-Bozeman
67%
62% w/ Rs
93% w/ Ds
HD 73
D-Butte
74%
70% w/ Rs
93% w/ Ds
HD 74
D-Butte
75%
70% w/ Rs
95% w/ Ds
HD 76
D-Butte
77%
72% w/ Rs
94% w/ Ds
HD 77
D-Anaconda
79%
74% w/ Rs
94% w/ Ds
HD 79
D-Helena
71%
66% w/ Rs
97% w/ Ds
HD 81
D-Helena
70%
66% w/ Rs
93% w/ Ds
HD 82
D-Helena
76%
71% w/ Rs
97% w/ Ds
HD 83
D-Helena
72%
67% w/ Rs
97% w/ Ds
HD 84
D-Helena
70%
66% w/ Rs
96% w/ Ds
HD 89
D-Missoula
74%
69% w/ Rs
98% w/ Ds
HD 90
D-Missoula
72%
67% w/ Rs
95% w/ Ds
HD 91
D-Missoula
73%
68% w/ Rs
98% w/ Ds
HD 94
D-Missoula
74%
69% w/ Rs
95% w/ Ds
HD 95
D-Missoula
72%
67% w/ Rs
94% w/ Ds
HD 98
D-Missoula
77%
72% w/ Rs
94% w/ Ds
HD 99
D-Missoula
74%
69% w/ Rs
97% w/ Ds
HD 100
D-Missoula
63%
57% w/ Rs
88% w/ Ds
Voting metrics based on 722 votes recorded on the House floor through 3/1/21.

House bills before the House (in their first chamber)

In initial committees

Committees serve as a first line of review, deciding which bills to advance for floor debate.
HB 2: General Appropriations Act
Primary state budget bill
From Llew Jones (R)Bill text
First chamber
In committee
HB 4: Appropriations by Budget Amendment
First chamber
In committee
HB 5: Long-Range Building Appropriations
First chamber
In committee
HB 6: Renewable Resource Grants
First chamber
In committee
HB 7: Reclamation and Development Grants
First chamber
In committee
HB 8: Renewable Resources Bonds and Loans
First chamber
In committee
HB 9: Cultural and Aesthetic Grants
First chamber
In committee
HB 10: Long-Range Information Technology Appropriations
First chamber
In committee
HB 11: Treasure State Endowment Program
First chamber
In committee
HB 12: Historic Preservation Grants
First chamber
In committee
HB 14: Long-Range Building Bonding Program
First chamber
In committee
HB 16: Allow 3- and 4-year-olds with disabilities in ANB calculations
First chamber
Tabled in committee
HB 17: Allow alternative energy system tax credit to be refunded
First chamber
Tabled in committee
HB 18: Appropriation for Local Government Center
First chamber
Tabled in committee
HB 25: Clarify funding for education of children in residential treatment
First chamber
Tabled in committee
Showing 15 of 220.

Out of committee, awaiting floor debate

Bills can sometimes be rereferred to a second committee.

Through floor debate

Second reading votes, the first vote bills typically receive from the full House, occur following floor debate. Bills don't officially pass the House until a final, third reading vote.

House bills passed by the House

Transmitted to the Senate for consideration.

Senate bills before the House (in their second chamber)

Bills passed by the Senate and transmitted to the House for a second round of consideration.

Transmitted to House

In initial committees

Out of committee, awaiting floor debate

None at present

Through floor debate

House bills passed by both chambers

In reconcilation

House bills passed by the House and then passed by the Senate with amendments. If the House doesn't vote to accept the changes, lawmakers must negotiate a version of the bill that can pass both chambers.

In administrative review

Bills in their final enrolling process before transmittal to the governor.
HB 136: Establish pain-capable unborn child protection act
Broadly restricts abortions after 20 weeks
Through Legislature
Passed both chambers
HB 140: Requiring the provision of information before the performance of an abortion
Requires medical providers to offer patients an ultrasound before an abortion
Through Legislature
Passed both chambers
HB 143: Provide incentives for increasing starting teacher pay
Through Legislature
Passed both chambers
HB 171: Adopt the Montana Abortion-Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act
Requires abortion-inducing medication to be distributed in person
Through Legislature
Passed both chambers
Showing 4 of 4

Transmitted to Governor

Bills passed by both chambers and transmitted to the governor for his signature are available here.

House Bills becoming law

Bills that have passed all three key procedural hurdles: The House, Senate and governor.

House Bills killed in process

In rare situations, dead bills can resurrected with supermajority votes. Bills tabled in committee are often headed toward death but aren't classified as such until they miss a procedural deadline.

House resolutions and voter referendum proposals

House resolutions pass with approval from the House, while joint resolutions and voter referendum proposals need approval from the House and Senate. Resolutions and referendum proposals don't require approval from the governor.

Proposed

Passed

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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