2023 Capitol Tracker

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

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Last update: 10:41 PM Feb 3, 2023
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Rep. Bob Phalen, HD 36

Rep. Bob Phalen

Second-session Republican from Lindsay

Representing House District 36
Glendive, Wibaux

Phalen previously served in the Montana House in 2021.

Bills sponsored

πŸ“‹ HB 204: Providing for a cause of action for alienation of affection
Bob Phalen (R)πŸ“ƒ Bill text
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πŸ“‹ HB 234: Revise dissemination of obscene material to minors laws
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πŸ“‹ HB 237: Generally revise dissolution law in cases of adultery and physical abuse
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Key bill votes

Most recent votes on bills identified as notable by MTFP staff.
Phalen (R)OutcomeRepublicansDemocratsMotion
YESY (90-9)Y (64-3)Y (26-6)
HB 29 – Do Pass
YESY (100-0)Y (68-0)Y (32-0)
HB 37 – Do Pass
YESY (92-8)Y (65-3)Y (27-5)
HB 60 – Do Pass
NOY (81-19)Y (65-3)N (16-16)
HB 172 – Do Pass
YESY (70-29)Y (68-0)N (2-29)
HB 192 – Do Pass
YESY (12-6)Y (12-0)N (0-6)
HB 196 – Rep. Phalen made a Motion that HB 196 Do Pass as Amended
YESY (67-32)Y (67-1)N (0-31)
HB 212 – Do Pass
YESY (69-30)Y (68-0)N (1-30)
HB 222 – Do Pass
YESY (70-25)Y (65-0)N (5-25)
HB 251 – Do Pass

Floor vote statistics

Calculations based on 423 House floor votes in 2023 involving bills.
πŸ₯‡ 92%
of votes cast on winning side
Average for House Republicans is 95%.
πŸ”΄ 93%
of votes cast on side taken by most Republicans
Average for House Republicans is 95%.
πŸ”΅ 77%
of votes cast on side taken by most Democrats
Average for House Republicans is 80%.
Phalen has been marked absent or excused for 0 votes. Average for House lawmakers is 3.6.

Committee assignments

  • House State Administration - Vice Chair
  • House Energy, Technology and Federal Relations
  • House Fish, Wildlife and Parks

HD 36 election results

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

General election vote, 2022

(R) BOB PHALEN(R) 100%
Ran unopposed

Party primary vote, 2022

(R) BOB PHALEN(R) 100%
Ran unopposed

Governor vote in district, 2020

(R) GIANFORTE(R) 74%(D) 23%
Won by 51% (2,760 votes)

Montana Free Press coverage

MTFP legislative reporting involving Phalen.
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Trust, perception and Montana elections
Jan 30, 2023 β€’ Alex Sakariassen
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Public, legislators debate obscenity law revisions
Jan 19, 2023 β€’ Alex Sakariassen
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Election security committee has its session debut
Jan 13, 2023 β€’ Alex Sakariassen
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
House and Senate committees pass preliminary legislative rules
Dec 7, 2022 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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