2023 Capitol Tracker

The lawmakers, bills and votes of the 68th Montana Legislature

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Last update: 5:14 AM Jan 30, 2023
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πŸ› House
GOP-held 68-32
πŸ› Senate
GOP-held 34-16
πŸ–‹ Governor
Greg Gianforte (R)

Key bill progress

Major legislation identified by MTFP reporters. Where ambiguous, official bill titles are annotated with plain language summaries.
How bills move through the Legislature

Major budget bills

πŸ“‹ HB 2: General Appropriations Act
Main state budget bill.
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πŸ“‹ HB 13: State Employee Pay Plan and revising laws governing state employees
Provides raises for state workers.
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Governor's budget

Bills that implement key provisions of Gov. Greg Gianforte’s 2023-2025 budget proposal.
πŸ“‹ SB 121: Reduce top marginal income tax rate and increase EITC
Cuts Montana income taxes and expands the state Earned Income Tax Credit on a long-term basis.
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πŸ“‹ HB 212: Increase business equipment tax exemption
Raises threshold for tax-exempt business property from $300,000 to $1 million.
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πŸ“‹ HB 222: Provide rebates of property taxes paid on a principal residence
Would use a portion of the state budget surplus for short-term property tax rebates.
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πŸ“‹ HB 225: Establish adoption tax credit
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πŸ“‹ HB 251: Provide budget stability through investment and liability reduction
β€œDebt-free in β€˜23” bill that funds the pay down of some state bonds.
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πŸ“‹ HB 268: Establish a child tax credit through the individual income tax
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Other budget bills

Budget bills brought as alternatives to the governor’s proposal.
πŸ“‹ HB 192: Use surplus revenue for income tax and property tax refunds and payment of bonds
Would put a portion of the state budget surplus to income tax rebates.
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πŸ“‹ HB 280: Providing for circuit breaker income tax credit for property taxes paid
Would create an income tax credit for property tax relief.
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πŸ“‹ HB 307: Provide for tax rebate
Larger $1.275 billion property and income tax rebate bill advanced by hardline Republicans.
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Wildlife

πŸ“‹ SB 85: Require management of delisted grizzly bears at sustainable levels
Articulates a broad management framework for grizzlies if they are taken off the endangered species list.
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About the 2023 Montana Free Press Capitol Tracker

This guide is an effort to make the quantifiable aspects of the Montana Legislature more accessible to the public by compiling information about lawmakers, proposed bills and the legislative process. 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 information presented here is collected from a variety of sources including the Montana Legislature’s public roster and its official bill-tracking system, the Legislative Automated Workflow System, or LAWS. Reporting and web design was done primarily by MTFP Deputy Editor Eric Dietrich. Please contact him at edietrich@montanafreepress.org with bug reports, questions or suggestions.

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