2023 Capitol Tracker

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

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Last update: 6:38 PM Jun 9, 2023
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πŸ› House
GOP-held 68-32
πŸ› Senate
GOP-held 34-16
πŸ–‹ Governor
Greg Gianforte (R)
Sen. Steve Hinebauch, SD 18

Sen. Steve Hinebauch

Fourth-session Republican from Wibaux

Senate Fish and Game Chair

Representing Senate District 18
Wibaux, Glendive, Sidney

Hinebauch previously served in the Montana Senate in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Committee assignments

Bills sponsored

πŸ“‹ SR 2: Confirm governor's appointee for the state parks and recreation board
Steve Hinebauch (R)πŸ“ƒ Bill text
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
πŸ“‹ SR 3: Confirm governor's appointees for the fish and wildlife commission
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
πŸ“‹ SB 42: Revise laws related to easements on state lands
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
βœ…House
βœ…Reconcil.
βœ…Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 55: Join Interstate Mining Compact Commission
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
βœ…House
βœ…Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 58: Increase landowner payment cap for block management
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
βœ…House
βœ…Gov.
πŸ“‹ SR 68: Confirm governor's appointee for state parks and recreation board
βœ…1st Cmte.
βœ…Senate
πŸ“‹ SB 276: Revise laws related to prevailing wage
❌1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 356: Require notification to sheriff of game check stations
βœ…1st Cmte.
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βœ…House
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πŸ“‹ SB 357: Require terms for conservation easements using state funds
❌1st Cmte.
βšͺ️Senate
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πŸ“‹ SB 436: Revise labor law adding certain elected officials in collective bargaining
βœ…1st Cmte.
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Key bill votes

Most recent floor votes on bills identified as notable by MTFP staff.
Motion / BillHinebauch (R)OutcomeRepublicansDemocrats
Do Concur /
HB 2: General Appropriations Act
NO
Y
32-18
Y
31-3
N
1-15
Do Concur As Amended /
HB 5: Long-range building appropriations
NO
Y
30-20
N
16-18
Y
14-2
Do Concur /
HB 13: State Employee Pay Plan and revising laws governing state employees
YES
Y
48-1
Y
32-1
Y
16-0
Do Adopt /
HB 16: Revise laws relating to child abuse and neglect proceedings
YES
Y
35-15
Y
34-0
N
1-15
Do Concur /
HB 29: Revise laws related to involuntary commitment of people with dementia or TBI
YES
Y
49-0
Y
34-0
Y
15-0
Do Concur /
HB 33: Allow county commissioners to initiate certain civil proceedings
YES
Y
49-1
Y
34-0
Y
15-1
Do Concur /
HB 37: Generally revise child abuse and neglect laws
YES
Y
41-9
Y
25-9
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 55: An act establishing a tax on electric vehicle charging stations
NO
Y
35-14
Y
21-13
Y
14-1
Do Concur /
HB 60: An act providing for an annual fee on electric vehicles registered in the state
YES
Y
39-11
Y
30-4
Y
9-7
Do Concur /
HB 172: Revise laws related to post-election audits
YES
Y
49-1
Y
33-1
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 192: Use surplus revenue for income tax and property tax refunds and payment of bonds
YES
Y
32-18
Y
32-2
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 196: Revise election laws related to the counting of votes
YES
Y
49-1
Y
34-0
Y
15-1
Do Concur /
HB 212: Increase business equipment tax exemption
YES
Y
33-17
Y
33-1
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 222: Provide rebates of property taxes paid on a principal residence
YES
Y
34-16
Y
34-0
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 234: Revise dissemination of obscene material to minors laws
YES
Y
34-16
Y
33-1
N
1-15
Do Concur /
HB 267: Create SAFER account for federal highway grants
YES
Y
33-17
Y
33-1
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 284: Revise laws related to approval of electricity supply resources
YES
Y
43-7
Y
34-0
Y
9-7
Do Concur /
HB 303: Implement Medical Ethics and Diversity Act
YES
Y
31-19
Y
31-3
N
0-16
Do Adopt /
HB 317: Provide for the Montana Indian Child Welfare Act
NO
Y
39-11
Y
23-11
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 326: Revise laws relating to the appointment of the judicial standards commission
YES
Y
29-21
Y
29-5
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 332: Generally revise laws related to school employee health benefits
NO
Y
29-21
N
13-21
Y
16-0
Do Adopt /
HB 338: Revise laws related to Indian Education for All
YES
Y
48-2
Y
32-2
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 352: Provide targeted interventions to support 3rd grade reading proficiency
NO
Y
27-23
N
11-23
Y
16-0
Do Adopt /
HB 359: Prohibit minors from attending drag shows
YES
Y
29-21
Y
29-5
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 372: Establish right to hunt in Constitution
YES
N
26-21
N
26-5
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 419: Allow bonding for injunctions that prevent hunting or harvesting of game
YES
Y
33-17
Y
33-1
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 423: Revise laws related to compensation for wrongfully convicted individuals
YES
Y
44-1
Y
30-1
Y
14-0
Do Concur /
HB 479: Provide appropriation for DOJ to assume law enforcement PL-280
YES
Y
35-14
Y
33-1
N
2-13
Do Concur /
HB 517: Constitutional amendment regarding board of regents
YES
N
27-23
N
27-7
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 518: Authorize standing for legislature to bring lawsuit
YES
Y
33-17
Y
33-1
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 535: Revising education laws to provide a definition of "financial literacy"
YES
Y
50-0
Y
34-0
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 544: Provide requirements for coverage of abortion under Medicaid and CHIP
YES
Y
31-18
Y
31-2
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 549: Authorizing establishment of public charter schools
YES
Y
27-21
Y
27-6
N
0-15
Do Concur /
HB 551: Implement constitutional carry into the Montana Constitution
YES
N
33-17
N
33-1
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 562: Authorize establishment of community choice schools
YES
Y
27-21
Y
27-6
N
0-15
Do Concur /
HB 569: Generally revise pension laws
YES
Y
26-24
Y
26-8
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 575: Prohibit abortion of unborn viable children
YES
Y
30-20
Y
30-4
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 588: Revise TEACH Act incentives to increase starting teacher salary
NO
Y
46-4
Y
30-4
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 625: Infant safety and care act
YES
Y
31-19
Y
31-3
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 648: Provide for the best beginnings scholarship program
NO
Y
29-20
N
14-20
Y
15-0
Take HB 649 from FCS and put on 2R today -Pope /
HB 649: Implement rates from provider rate study
NO
N
21-29
N
5-29
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 693: Clarify disclosure of public information that may be involved in litigation
YES
Y
48-2
Y
34-0
Y
14-2
Do Concur /
HB 695: Revise TRO standard for suits against the state and subdivisions of government
YES
Y
34-16
Y
34-0
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 707: Allow certain elementary districts to create new high school district
NO
Y
36-14
Y
20-14
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 721: Restrict unborn child from dismemberment abortion
YES
Y
31-19
Y
31-3
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 748: Allow zoning for separation of incompatible uses of property
NO
Y
38-12
Y
23-11
Y
15-1
Do Concur /
HB 797: Require agency reporting on financial assistance to tribes
YES
Y
50-0
Y
34-0
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 808: Revise surety insurance laws related to bail bonds
YES
Y
31-17
Y
27-6
N
4-11
Do Concur /
HB 816: Revise distribution of surplus revenue
YES
Y
45-3
Y
30-3
Y
15-0
Do Concur /
HB 817: Provide for capital projects
NO
Y
28-22
Y
28-6
N
0-16
Do Adopt /
HB 819: Create Montana community reinvestment act to fund workforce housing
NO
Y
27-23
Y
27-7
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 828: Authorize an ambulance provider assessment program
NO
Y
35-13
Y
20-13
Y
15-0
Do Concur /
HB 856: Generally revise capitol complex administration laws
YES
Y
38-12
Y
26-8
Y
12-4
Do Concur /
HB 872: Provide funding for behavioral health system for future generations
NO
Y
44-6
Y
28-6
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 889: Revise the Residential Mobile Home Lot Rental Act
NO
Y
30-20
N
14-20
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 915: Constitutional amendment to change process to select supreme court justices
YES
N
23-27
N
23-11
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 968: Revise abortion laws concerning parental consultation
YES
Y
31-18
Y
31-3
N
0-15
Do Concur /
HB 971: Revise environmental policy act
YES
Y
34-15
Y
34-0
N
0-15
Do Pass /
SB 4: Require sharing of reports of abuse and neglect at Montana State Hospital
YES
Y
50-0
Y
34-0
Y
16-0
Do Pass /
SB 70: Revise the Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program
YES
Y
46-4
Y
30-4
Y
16-0
Do Pass /
SB 85: Require management of delisted grizzly bears at sustainable levels
YES
Y
37-12
Y
34-0
N
3-12
Do Concur /
SB 99: Provide for a youth health protection act
YES
Y
31-17
Y
31-2
N
0-15
Do Pass /
SB 109: Revise laws related to redistricting the PSC
YES
Y
30-20
Y
30-4
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 121: Reduce top marginal income tax rate and increase EITC
YES
Y
35-15
Y
34-0
N
1-15
Do Pass /
SB 154: Define the right to privacy to clarify no right to abortion
YES
Y
28-21
Y
28-6
N
0-15
Do Pass /
SB 191: Revise preliminary injunction laws
YES
Y
33-17
Y
33-1
N
0-16
Do Concur /
SB 201: Revise judicial recusal laws when parties made campaign contributions
YES
Y
31-18
Y
31-2
N
0-16
Do Adopt /
SB 245: Revise municipal zoning to allow multifamily and mixed use development
YES
Y
49-0
Y
34-0
Y
15-0
Do Pass /
SB 275: Revise definition of proposed mixing zone & well isolation zone
YES
Y
36-14
Y
31-3
N
5-11
Do Concur /
SB 295: Revising laws to accommodate grizzly bear delisting
YES
Y
35-12
Y
31-0
N
4-12
Do Concur /
SB 296: Revise nursing home and/or assisted living funding
NO
Y
32-18
Y
23-11
Y
9-7
Do Pass /
SB 301: Revise property laws related to lakeshore regulations
YES
Y
32-18
Y
30-4
N
2-14
Do Concur /
SB 323: Allow for duplex, triplex, and fourplex housing in city zoning
YES
Y
35-14
Y
30-3
N
5-11
Do Concur /
SB 359: Prohibit tracking of firearms sales by financial institutions
YES
Y
37-13
Y
34-0
N
3-13
Do Concur /
SB 382: Create the Montana Land Use Planning Act
YES
Y
50-0
Y
34-0
Y
16-0
Do Pass /
SB 419: Ban tik-tok in Montana
YES
Y
30-20
Y
28-6
N
2-14
Do Concur /
SB 442: Allow marijuana tax revenue to be used for county road maintenance
YES
Y
48-1
Y
33-1
Y
15-0
Do Concur /
SB 458: Define sex in Montana law
YES
Y
28-22
Y
28-6
N
0-16
Do Not Concur /
SB 481: Require cast vote records
YES
Y
35-15
Y
34-0
N
1-15
Do Pass /
SB 485: Raising hourly rate of legislator compensation
NO
Y
33-17
Y
24-10
Y
9-7
Do Concur /
SB 490: Generally revising the legislature's investigative powers
YES
Y
34-16
Y
34-0
N
0-16
Do Concur /
SB 498: Revise laws related to absentee ballots
YES
Y
49-0
Y
34-0
Y
15-0
Do Concur /
SB 499: Revise adverse possession laws relating to certain land and improvements
YES
Y
48-1
Y
33-1
Y
15-0
Suspend Rules -Fitzpatrick /
SB 534: Constitutional amendment on redistricting
YES
Y
31-17
Y
31-2
N
0-15
Do Concur /
SB 557: Revise MEPA relating to litigation
YES
Y
34-16
Y
34-0
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 565: Generally revise primary election and nomination laws
YES
Y
26-24
Y
26-8
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 566: Require top two primary for U.S. Senate races
YES
Y
27-23
Y
27-7
N
0-16

Floor vote statistics

Calculations based on 2,603 Senate floor votes in 2023 involving bills.
πŸ₯‡ 81%
of votes cast on winning side
Average for Senate Republicans is 90%.
πŸ”΄ 86%
of votes cast on side taken by most Republicans
Average for Senate Republicans is 91%.
πŸ”΅ 56%
of votes cast on side taken by most Democrats
Average for Senate Republicans is 58%.
Hinebauch has been marked absent or excused for 0 votes. Average for Senate lawmakers is 6.8.

SD 18 election results

Last in-cycle for Senate election in 2020. House seats are elected every two years, Senate seats every four.

General election vote, 2020

(R) STEVE HINEBAUCH(R) 78%(D) 22%
Won by 57% (6,240 votes)

Party primary vote, 2020

(R) STEVE HINEBAUCH(R) 100%
Ran unopposed

Governor vote in district, 2020

(R) GIANFORTE(R) 76%(D) 20%
Won by 56% (6,249 votes)

Montana Free Press coverage

MTFP legislative reporting involving Hinebauch.
πŸ“° Environment
How environmental policy proposals are faring at the Legislature’s halfway mark
Mar 9, 2023 β€’ Amanda Eggert
πŸ“° Environment
Forever no more? Bill seeks to restrict state’s access to perpetual conservation easements
Feb 22, 2023 β€’ Amanda Eggert
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
48 hours in Helena
Feb 2, 2023 β€’

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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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