2023 Capitol Tracker

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

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Last update: 9:27 PM Feb 3, 2023
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Sen. Dennis Lenz, SD 27

Sen. Dennis Lenz

Fifth-session Republican from Billings

Representing Senate District 27
West Billings

Lenz previously served in the Montana House in 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Bills sponsored

πŸ“‹ SB 36: Eliminate certain DPHHS statutorily required reports
Dennis Lenz (R)πŸ“ƒ Bill text
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πŸ“‹ SB 113: Make permanent certain notification requirements in CPS cases
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 114: Eliminate anonymous reporting in child protective services cases
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 115: Revise definition of psychological abuse or neglect in CPS cases
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 116: Revise confidentiality provisions related to child protective services cases
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 148: Revise laws regarding legal representation of children
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 149: Establish penalties for false reporting in child protective services cases
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 150: Generally revise laws related to drug testing in CPS cases
✴️1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 151: Revise laws related to parental financial responsibility in CPS cases
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 162: Provide notice to foster parents in CPS cases
βœ…1st Cmte.
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Key bill votes

Most recent votes on bills identified as notable by MTFP staff.
Lenz (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 342 Senate floor votes in 2023 involving bills.
πŸ₯‡ 92%
of votes cast on winning side
Average for Senate Republicans is 94%.
πŸ”΄ 95%
of votes cast on side taken by most Republicans
Average for Senate Republicans is 94%.
πŸ”΅ 72%
of votes cast on side taken by most Democrats
Average for Senate Republicans is 75%.
Lenz has been marked absent or excused for 0 votes. Average for Senate lawmakers is 4.1.

Committee assignments

  • Senate Finance and Claims
  • Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety - Vice Chair
  • Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
  • Senate Rules
  • Joint Rules
  • Joint Appropriations Section B β€” Health and Human Services

SD 27 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) DENNIS LENZ(R) 100%
Ran unopposed

Party primary vote, 2022

(R) DENNIS LENZ(R) 100%
Ran unopposed

Governor vote in district, 2020

(R) GIANFORTE(R) 65%(D) 32%
Won by 33% (5,475 votes)

Montana Free Press coverage

MTFP legislative reporting involving Lenz.
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Child welfare reforms sail through major votes
Jan 26, 2023 β€’ Mara Silvers

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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