By Dennis Swibold
University of Montana School of Journalism
The 2013 Montana Legislature heads into its final week with big issues such as school funding and tax relief still to be decided. But Lee newspapers reporters Charles S. Johnson and Mike Dennison say legislative leaders on both sides seem confident they can hammer out the necessary compromises.
One issue that may not survive the final week is a contentious bill to fund private health insurance for thousands of low-income Montanans. Dennison reported Saturday that the measure appears to be dead after House Republicans bottled it up in committee Friday.
Meanwhile, John Adams of the Great Falls Tribune reports that critics of a 2014 legislative referendum aimed at ending Election Day voter registration are organizing to fight the measure at the polls.
In case you missed it, Montana Public Radio news director Sally Mauk interviewed Johnson and Dennison about the session’s final chess moves on Friday’s “Capitol Talk.”