2023 Capitol Tracker

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

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Last update: 8:30 PM Feb 2, 2023
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Sen. Barry Usher, SD 20

Sen. Barry Usher

Fourth-session Republican from Laurel

Representing Senate District 20
Colstrip, Custer, Forsyth, Worden

Usher previously served in the Montana House in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Bills sponsored

πŸ“‹ SB 11: Generally revise criminal justice system laws
Barry Usher (R)πŸ“ƒ Bill textπŸ’΅ Fiscal note
✴️1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 68: Revise laws related to coroner inquests for DOC facilities
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
✴️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 94: Generally revise laws related to recovery residences
βœ…1st Cmte.
✴️Senate
βšͺ️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 95: Generally revise theft laws
βœ…1st Cmte.
✴️Senate
βšͺ️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 96: Create separate definition for persistent felony offender under supervision
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
✴️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 108: Revise laws related to proof of vehicle insurance
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
✴️House
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πŸ“‹ SB 164: Name MHP headquarters for Kris Hansen
βœ…1st Cmte.
✴️Senate
βšͺ️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 165: Establishing a duty of cooperation relating to insurance policies
✴️1st Cmte.
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βšͺ️House
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πŸ“‹ SB 221: Allow USS Montana crew to apply for license plates
✴️1st Cmte.
βšͺ️Senate
βšͺ️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 229: Reimburse counties for actual witness costs
✴️1st Cmte.
βšͺ️Senate
βšͺ️House
βšͺ️Gov.
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Key bill votes

Most recent votes on bills identified as notable by MTFP staff.
Usher (R)OutcomeRepublicansDemocratsMotion
YESY (37-12)Y (34-0)N (3-12)
SB 85 – Do Pass
YESY (34-15)Y (34-0)N (0-15)
SB 121 – Do Pass

Floor vote statistics

Calculations based on 291 Senate floor votes in 2023 involving bills.
πŸ₯‡ 91%
of votes cast on winning side
Average for Senate Republicans is 94%.
πŸ”΄ 93%
of votes cast on side taken by most Republicans
Average for Senate Republicans is 94%.
πŸ”΅ 71%
of votes cast on side taken by most Democrats
Average for Senate Republicans is 74%.
Usher has been marked absent or excused for 0 votes. Average for Senate lawmakers is 4.0.

Committee assignments

  • Senate Judiciary - Vice Chair
  • Senate Natural Resources
  • Senate Highways and Transportation
  • Senate Rules
  • Joint Rules

SD 20 election results

Last in-cycle for Senate election in 2022. House seats are elected every two years, Senate seats every four.

General election vote, 2022

(R) BARRY USHER(R) 100%
Ran unopposed

Party primary vote, 2022

(R) BARRY USHER(R) 61%(R) 39%
Won by 22% (1,239 votes)

Governor vote in district, 2020

(R) GIANFORTE(R) 77%(D) 19%
Won by 57% (7,209 votes)

Montana Free Press coverage

MTFP legislative reporting involving Usher.
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Montana Freedom Caucus launches with Rosendale as its north star
Jan 20, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit

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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