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Last updated 5:26 PM Jun 22, 2021

Sen. Diane Sands

Representing SD 49
West Missoula

Sands previously served in the House in 2011, 2009, 2007, and 1997, as well as the Senate in 2019, 2017, and 2015.

SD 49 election results

Last in-cycle for Senate election in 2018. House seats are elected every two years, Senate seats every four.

General election vote, 2018

(D) DIANE SANDS(R)52%48%
Won by 3% (343 votes)

Party primary vote, 2018

Ran unopposed

Governor vote in district, 2020

(D) COONEY(R)(L)51%45%
Won by 5% (697 votes)

Voting statistics

Of 1,905 Senate floor votes involving bills:
66%With majority of Senate lawmakers
60%With majority of GOP caucus
97%With majority of Dem. caucus
Sands has been absent or excused for 0 votes.
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Bills sponsored

SJ 26: Interim study of the women's prison
From Diane Sands (D)Bill text
SB 43: Require administrative rulemaking for substantive changes to HCBS programs
SR 50: Confirm Governor's appointee to the 8th Judicial District
SB 50: Revise membership of the Board of Crime Control
SB 64: Revise compliance with federal REAL ID Act
SB 150: Revise seatbelt regulations
SB 151: Eliminate religious exemption regarding reporting sexual abuse
SB 177: Revise laws regarding clergy reporting child abuse and neglect
SB 200: Revise Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act
SB 218: Revise requirements related to reports on the medical marijuana program
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Committee assignments

  • Senate Highways and Transportation
  • Senate Judiciary - Minority Vice Chair
  • Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety
  • Senate Legislative Administration - Minority Vice Chair

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