2023 Capitol Tracker

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

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Last update: 10:28 PM May 10, 2024
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GOP-held 68-32
πŸ› Senate
GOP-held 34-16
πŸ–‹ Governor
Greg Gianforte (R)
Rep. Matt Regier, HD 4

Rep. Matt Regier

Fourth-session Republican from Kalispell

Speaker of the House

Representing House District 4
Northeast of Kalispell

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

Committee assignments

Bills sponsored

πŸ“‹ HB 260: Revise laws regarding legislative special counsel
Matt Regier (R)πŸ“ƒ Bill textπŸ’΅ Fiscal note
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πŸ“‹ HB 721: Restrict unborn child from dismemberment abortion
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ HB 722: Generally revise district courts budget presentation in budget
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…House
❌Senate
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πŸ“‹ HB 770: Generally revise regulation of electronic and social media communications
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ HB 856: Generally revise capitol complex administration laws
βœ…1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ HB 924: Prohibit lease or transfer of water right out of state until 2048
βœ…1st Cmte.
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❌Senate
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πŸ“‹ HB 927: Authorize additional authority for coal trust housing loans
βœ…1st Cmte.
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❌Senate
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πŸ“‹ HB 963: Generally revise state financing laws and create tax rebate fund
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Key bill votes

Most recent floor votes on bills identified as notable by MTFP staff.
Motion / BillRegier (R)OutcomeRepublicansDemocrats
Do Concur /
HB 2: General Appropriations Act
YES
Y
94-6
Y
62-6
Y
32-0
Do Concur /
HB 5: Long-range building appropriations
NO
Y
68-28
Y
38-28
Y
30-0
Do Pass /
HB 13: State Employee Pay Plan and revising laws governing state employees
YES
Y
89-7
Y
59-7
Y
30-0
Do Adopt /
HB 16: Revise laws relating to child abuse and neglect proceedings
YES
Y
92-4
Y
66-0
Y
26-4
Do Pass /
HB 29: Revise laws related to involuntary commitment of people with dementia or TBI
YES
Y
91-6
Y
64-2
Y
27-4
Do Pass /
HB 33: Allow county commissioners to initiate certain civil proceedings
NO
Y
90-9
Y
58-9
Y
32-0
Do Pass /
HB 37: Generally revise child abuse and neglect laws
YES
Y
96-2
Y
65-2
Y
31-0
Do Concur /
HB 55: An act establishing a tax on electric vehicle charging stations
YES
Y
94-5
Y
65-2
Y
29-3
Do Pass /
HB 60: An act providing for an annual fee on electric vehicles registered in the state
YES
Y
92-8
Y
65-3
Y
27-5
Do Pass /
HB 172: Revise laws related to post-election audits
YES
Y
81-19
Y
65-3
N
16-16
Do Pass /
HB 192: Use surplus revenue for income tax and property tax refunds and payment of bonds
YES
Y
70-29
Y
68-0
N
2-29
Do Concur /
HB 196: Revise election laws related to the counting of votes
YES
Y
71-28
Y
68-0
N
3-28
Do Pass /
HB 212: Increase business equipment tax exemption
YES
Y
67-32
Y
67-1
N
0-31
Do Pass /
HB 222: Provide rebates of property taxes paid on a principal residence
YES
Y
69-30
Y
68-0
N
1-30
Do Concur /
HB 234: Revise dissemination of obscene material to minors laws
YES
Y
66-33
Y
66-2
N
0-31
Do Pass /
HB 267: Create SAFER account for federal highway grants
YES
Y
99-0
Y
68-0
Y
31-0
Do Pass /
HB 268: Establish a child tax credit through the individual income tax
Absent
Y
77-21
Y
51-15
Y
26-6
Do Pass As Amended /
HB 280: Providing for circuit breaker income tax credit for property taxes paid
NO
N
38-62
N
6-62
Y
32-0
Do Concur /
HB 284: Revise laws related to approval of electricity supply resources
YES
Y
90-8
Y
64-3
Y
26-5
Do Pass /
HB 303: Implement Medical Ethics and Diversity Act
YES
Y
63-33
Y
63-4
N
0-29
Do Adopt /
HB 317: Provide for the Montana Indian Child Welfare Act
NO
Y
64-32
Y
35-31
Y
29-1
Do Pass /
HB 326: Revise laws relating to the appointment of the judicial standards commission
YES
Y
66-32
Y
66-1
N
0-31
Do Concur /
HB 332: Generally revise laws related to school employee health benefits
NO
Y
71-25
Y
41-25
Y
30-0
Do Adopt /
HB 338: Revise laws related to Indian Education for All
NO
Y
69-25
Y
39-25
Y
30-0
Do Pass /
HB 352: Provide targeted interventions to support 3rd grade reading proficiency
NO
Y
77-20
Y
46-20
Y
31-0
Do Adopt /
HB 359: Prohibit minors from attending drag shows
YES
Y
65-35
Y
65-3
N
0-32
Do Pass /
HB 372: Establish right to hunt in Constitution
YES
Y
64-34
Y
64-4
N
0-30
Do Pass /
HB 419: Allow bonding for injunctions that prevent hunting or harvesting of game
YES
Y
65-33
Y
65-1
N
0-32
Do Concur /
HB 423: Revise laws related to compensation for wrongfully convicted individuals
YES
Y
87-8
Y
65-1
Y
22-7
Do Concur /
HB 479: Provide appropriation for DOJ to assume law enforcement PL-280
YES
Y
64-28
Y
62-2
N
2-26
Do Pass /
HB 517: Constitutional amendment regarding board of regents
YES
Y
61-37
Y
61-7
N
0-30
Do Pass /
HB 518: Authorize standing for legislature to bring lawsuit
YES
Y
68-31
Y
68-0
N
0-31
Do Concur /
HB 535: Revising education laws to provide a definition of "financial literacy"
YES
Y
87-11
Y
67-0
Y
20-11
Do Pass /
HB 544: Provide requirements for coverage of abortion under Medicaid and CHIP
YES
Y
66-32
Y
66-2
N
0-30
Do Pass /
HB 546: Authorize additional funding for coal trust loan program for housing
NO
Y
65-33
Y
35-33
Y
30-0
Do Pass /
HB 549: Authorizing establishment of public charter schools
YES
Y
58-33
Y
44-18
N
14-15
Do Concur /
HB 551: Implement constitutional carry into the Montana Constitution
YES
Y
62-34
Y
62-4
N
0-30
Do Pass /
HB 562: Authorize establishment of community choice schools
YES
Y
59-33
Y
58-5
N
1-28
Do Concur /
HB 569: Generally revise pension laws
YES
Y
69-27
Y
63-3
N
6-24
Do Concur /
HB 575: Prohibit abortion of unborn viable children
YES
Y
66-32
Y
66-1
N
0-31
Do Pass /
HB 588: Revise TEACH Act incentives to increase starting teacher salary
YES
Y
89-0
Y
61-0
Y
28-0
Do Concur /
HB 625: Infant safety and care act
YES
Y
67-30
Y
67-0
N
0-30
Do Pass /
HB 648: Provide for the best beginnings scholarship program
NO
Y
65-34
N
34-34
Y
31-0
Do Pass /
HB 649: Implement rates from provider rate study
YES
Y
78-21
Y
47-21
Y
31-0
Do Pass /
HB 693: Clarify disclosure of public information that may be involved in litigation
YES
Y
94-4
Y
66-1
Y
28-3
Do Pass /
HB 695: Revise TRO standard for suits against the state and subdivisions of government
YES
Y
73-25
Y
67-0
N
6-25
Do Concur /
HB 707: Allow certain elementary districts to create new high school district
YES
Y
99-0
Y
68-0
Y
31-0
Do Pass /
HB 721: Restrict unborn child from dismemberment abortion
YES
Y
67-31
Y
67-0
N
0-31
Do Pass /
HB 748: Allow zoning for separation of incompatible uses of property
YES
Y
98-0
Y
67-0
Y
31-0
Do Pass /
HB 774: Generally revise election laws
YES
Y
63-35
Y
62-6
N
1-29
Do Concur /
HB 797: Require agency reporting on financial assistance to tribes
YES
Y
98-0
Y
67-0
Y
31-0
Do Concur /
HB 808: Revise surety insurance laws related to bail bonds
YES
Y
69-29
Y
66-2
N
3-27
Do Concur /
HB 816: Revise distribution of surplus revenue
YES
Y
69-27
Y
64-2
N
5-25
Do Concur /
HB 817: Provide for capital projects
YES
Y
91-5
Y
64-2
Y
27-3
Do Concur /
HB 819: Create Montana community reinvestment act to fund workforce housing
NO
Y
61-37
Y
41-27
Y
20-10
Do Pass /
HB 825: Provide funding to address affordable housing
NO
N
30-69
N
23-45
N
7-24
Do Concur /
HB 828: Authorize an ambulance provider assessment program
YES
Y
86-11
Y
59-8
Y
27-3
Do Concur /
HB 856: Generally revise capitol complex administration laws
YES
Y
95-1
Y
65-1
Y
30-0
Do Concur /
HB 872: Provide funding for behavioral health system for future generations
YES
Y
56-40
Y
54-12
N
2-28
Do Concur /
HB 889: Revise the Residential Mobile Home Lot Rental Act
NO
Y
68-31
Y
37-31
Y
31-0
Do Pass /
HB 915: Constitutional amendment to change process to select supreme court justices
YES
Y
59-39
Y
59-9
N
0-30
Do Pass /
HB 927: Authorize additional authority for coal trust housing loans
YES
Y
67-32
Y
36-32
Y
31-0
Do Pass /
HB 968: Revise abortion laws concerning parental consultation
YES
Y
67-31
Y
67-0
N
0-31
Do Pass /
HB 971: Revise environmental policy act
YES
Y
70-28
Y
66-1
N
4-27
Do Concur /
SB 4: Require sharing of reports of abuse and neglect at Montana State Hospital
YES
Y
99-0
Y
68-0
Y
31-0
Do Concur /
SB 70: Revise the Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program
NO
Y
59-37
N
31-37
Y
28-0
Do Concur /
SB 99: Provide for a youth health protection act
YES
Y
65-33
Y
65-2
N
0-31
Do Concur /
SB 109: Revise laws related to redistricting the PSC
YES
Y
65-32
Y
65-1
N
0-31
Do Concur /
SB 121: Reduce top marginal income tax rate and increase EITC
YES
Y
68-30
Y
68-0
N
0-30
Do Concur /
SB 154: Define the right to privacy to clarify no right to abortion
YES
Y
67-33
Y
67-1
N
0-32
Do Concur /
SB 191: Revise preliminary injunction laws
YES
Y
67-30
Y
67-0
N
0-30
Do Concur /
SB 201: Revise judicial recusal laws when parties made campaign contributions
YES
Y
68-32
Y
67-1
N
1-31
Do Adopt /
SB 245: Revise municipal zoning to allow multifamily and mixed use development
YES
Y
87-8
Y
58-7
Y
29-1
Do Concur /
SB 275: Revise definition of proposed mixing zone & well isolation zone
YES
Y
60-40
Y
60-8
N
0-32
Do Concur /
SB 295: Revising laws to accommodate grizzly bear delisting
YES
Y
73-27
Y
67-1
N
6-26
Do Concur /
SB 296: Revise nursing home and/or assisted living funding
NO
Y
91-8
Y
60-8
Y
31-0
Do Concur /
SB 301: Revise property laws related to lakeshore regulations
YES
Y
65-35
Y
65-3
N
0-32
Do Concur /
SB 323: Allow for duplex, triplex, and fourplex housing in city zoning
YES
Y
72-26
Y
45-22
Y
27-4
Do Concur /
SB 359: Prohibit tracking of firearms sales by financial institutions
YES
Y
69-28
Y
66-0
N
3-28
Do Concur /
SB 382: Create the Montana Land Use Planning Act
YES
Y
95-5
Y
66-2
Y
29-3
Do Concur /
SB 419: Ban tik-tok in Montana
YES
Y
54-43
Y
53-14
N
1-29
Do Concur /
SB 442: Allow marijuana tax revenue to be used for county road maintenance
NO
Y
82-17
Y
51-17
Y
31-0
Do Concur /
SB 458: Define sex in Montana law
YES
Y
63-37
Y
62-6
N
1-31
Do Concur /
SB 481: Require cast vote records
YES
Y
60-39
Y
60-8
N
0-31
Do Concur /
SB 485: Raising hourly rate of legislator compensation
NO
Y
56-43
Y
39-29
Y
17-14
Do Concur /
SB 490: Generally revising the legislature's investigative powers
YES
Y
66-31
Y
66-0
N
0-31
Do Concur /
SB 498: Revise laws related to absentee ballots
YES
Y
91-9
Y
68-0
Y
23-9
Do Concur /
SB 499: Revise adverse possession laws relating to certain land and improvements
YES
Y
62-37
Y
62-6
N
0-31
Do Concur /
SB 534: Constitutional amendment on redistricting
YES
N
65-34
N
65-3
N
0-31
Do Concur /
SB 557: Revise MEPA relating to litigation
YES
Y
64-35
Y
64-4
N
0-31
Do Concur /
SB 565: Generally revise primary election and nomination laws
YES
N
39-60
Y
39-28
N
0-32

Floor vote statistics

Calculations based on 2,698 House floor votes in 2023 involving bills.
πŸ₯‡ 86%
of votes cast on winning side
Average for House Republicans is 90%.
πŸ”΄ 90%
of votes cast on side taken by most Republicans
Average for House Republicans is 91%.
πŸ”΅ 62%
of votes cast on side taken by most Democrats
Average for House Republicans is 71%.
Regier has been marked absent or excused for 22 votes. Average for House lawmakers is 21.1.

HD 4 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) MATT REGIER(R) 76%(D) 24%
Won by 52% (2,883 votes)

Party primary vote, 2022

(R) MATT REGIER(R) 100%
Ran unopposed

Governor vote in district, 2020

(R) GIANFORTE(R) 72%(D) 25%
Won by 47% (3,359 votes)

Montana Free Press coverage

MTFP legislative reporting involving Regier.
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
The bills the governor vetoed
Jun 30, 2023 β€’ MTFP Staff
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
How the Montana GOP supermajority wielded its power
May 12, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
68th Montana Legislature adjourns
May 3, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Judge denies motion to block enforcement of Zephyr punishment
May 3, 2023 β€’ Mara Silvers
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Zephyr, constituents, challenge House disciplinary action in courtΒ 
May 1, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Committee cancellations leave Zephyr without a mic
Apr 28, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
House Republicans bar Democratic Rep. Zooey Zephyr for breaching decorum
Apr 27, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
House cancels Tuesday floor session as lawmakers discuss next steps for ZephyrΒ 
Apr 25, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Attempt at housing compromise emerges in Legislature’s final days
Apr 25, 2023 β€’ Eric Dietrich
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Protests in support of transgender Montana lawmaker disrupt Legislature
Apr 25, 2023 β€’ Mara Silvers
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Tension builds in transgender policy debate
Apr 21, 2023 β€’
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
House Speaker Matt Regier refuses to recognize Rep. Zooey Zephyr on floor until she apologizes
Apr 21, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Ban of medical care for transgender minors clears legislative hurdle
Apr 19, 2023 β€’ Mara Silvers
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Pro-housing zoning bills advance, but big funding remains in limbo
Apr 18, 2023 β€’ Eric Dietrich
πŸ“° News
Abortion providers try to block 15-week restriction before it becomes law
Apr 10, 2023 β€’ Mara Silvers
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
What’s on the table as lawmakers negotiate major spending proposals
Apr 10, 2023 β€’ Eric Dietrich
πŸ“° Housing
House brings down Gianforte’s β€˜HOMES Act’
Apr 4, 2023 β€’ Eric Dietrich
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Bipartisan legislation toΒ boost coal trust unanimously passes committee
Mar 29, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Abortion restrictions spark conflict, hours of testimony in committee hearings
Mar 28, 2023 β€’ Mara Silvers
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Legislature reaches its 2023 midpoint
Mar 3, 2023 β€’ Eric Dietrich
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
12-week abortion ban and other restrictions surge through House committee
Mar 1, 2023 β€’ Mara Silvers
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Montana’s federal delegation addresses state Legislature
Feb 21, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Republican lawmakers shy away from changing state’s constitutional right to abortion
Feb 17, 2023 β€’
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Lawmakers debate free speech, respect for transgender students
Feb 16, 2023 β€’ Alex Sakariassen
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Tax rebate package muscled through initial House votes
Feb 2, 2023 β€’ Eric Dietrich
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Resolution on new House and Senate districts is sailing through the Legislature
Jan 31, 2023 β€’ Arren Kimbel-Sannit
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
How to spend a $2.5 billion surplus? Lawmakers have no shortage of ideas.
Jan 25, 2023 β€’ Eric Dietrich
πŸ“° Health Care
Medicaid and abortion top health agenda for Montana lawmakers
Jan 9, 2023 β€’
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
For Montana Legislature, the biennial work begins
Jan 3, 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.

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