By Amy R. Sisk
Community News Service
University of Montana School of Journalism
People crowded into the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday to watch Gov. Steve Bullock sign a bill to strike an unconstitutional law from the books that banned sex between two people of the same gender. John Adams of the Great Falls Tribune covered the ceremony’s highlights, filming the governor and others as they addressed a cheering crowd.
Dan Boyce of Montana Public Radio also covered the event, focusing on the day’s significance to gay rights activists and a Republican lawmaker whose gave a passionate speech on the House floor about his daughter, who is a lesbian.
Up in the House chamber, legislators gave a green light to changes the Senate made to the state budget. Yellowstone Public Radio’s Jackie Yamanaka reported on the quick vote, noting that the governor is next in line to weigh in on the $9 billion bill.
Down the hall in the Senate, lawmakers killed the raw milk bill – again. Lee Newspaper’s Mike Dennison wrote about a failed effort to revive the bill after it was voted down on Wednesday.