By Jonathon Ambarian
Legislative News Service
University of Montana School of Journalism
On Wednesday, the full House Appropriations Committee will hold its first hearings on the $1.6 billion state budget. Joint Appropriations Subcommittees have heard testimony from state agencies and set preliminary budgets for each. The full committee must now decide whether to accept the subcommittees’ recommendations or amend them before sending the budget to the House floor.
Also on Wednesday, the Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Safety Committee will hear testimony on a bill that would require parents to give written permission before their children could attend sex education classes. The bill passed the House, 56 votes to 41.
And the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would prevent the state from enforcing any federal bans on semi-automatic weapons. This bill passed the House, 56 votes to 42.