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Ballot Measures

LR-120 ( HB 627 )
Subject: Referendum to require parental notification prior to abortion for a minor, providing for judicial waiver of notification, repealing prior statutes, and providing penalties.
Type: Legislative Referendum
LR-121 ( HB 638 )
Subject: Referendum to deny certain state services to illegal aliens.
Type: Legislative Referendum
LR-122 ( SB 418 )
Subject: Referendum to prohibit the state or federal government from mandating the purchase of health insurance or imposing penalties for decisions related to purchasing health insurance.
Type: Legislative Referendum
IR-124
Subject: Refer SB 423 (Medical Marijuana Bill) to the voters of Montana
Type: Initiative Referendum
I-166
Subject: Charge Montana elected and appointed officials, state and federal, with implementing a policy that corporations are not human beings with constitutional rights.
Type: Statutory initiative

Measure gauges Montanans’ views on new federal health care law

If backers of LR-122 succeed on Nov. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care reform act may not be the last word on the matter in Montana. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, derided by opponents as Obamacare, represented one of the most significant overhauls in the nation’s health care […]


Dan Boyce of Montana Public Radio completes his series on the ballot measures appearing this November with a look at IR-124, which puts the 2011 Legislature’s medical marijuana reform up to a vote of the people. It does not mean the state medical marijuana industry would go back to the way it was if the […]


Dan Boyce of Montana Public Radio reports on I-166, establishing a state policy that corporations are not people. “We’ve had a fair system of elections. We’ve benefited from that. Now the Supreme Court is saying ‘no, you have to have corruption,” said CB Pearson, the campaign treasurer for  the committee supporting I-166, Stand With Montanans. Here’s […]


Dan Boyce of Montana Public Radio is looking into the legislative referenda appearing on the November ballot. These are measures referred to the voters by the state legislature. The full first clause of LR 122 says, “an act prohibiting the state or federal government from mandating the purchase of health insurance coverage or imposing penalties for […]


Montana’s candidates for governor expressed differing views on unions, abortions, and marijuana in a polite debate in Billings last night. State Attorney General Steve Bullock and former Congressman Rick Hill are vying for the open governor’s seat.


NPR’s Martin Kaste reports on the effects of outside money on Montana’s political races. Outside Political Groups Swamp Montana’s Media Market the Wesleyan Media Project says Montana is seeing by far the biggest ad war of any Senate race in the country – 19,000 ads in just three weeks. Why so many? In part because […]


Dan Boyce of Montana Public Radio looks at Both Sides of LR-120, the ballot measure requiring parental notification prior to abortion for a minor. Putting a legislative referendum on the ballot—it’s a strategy, a tool at the disposal of state lawmakers. The legislature can take a bill working its way through the traditional bill process and […]


From The People: Montana’s 2012 Ballot Measures

From The People: Montana’s 2012 Ballot Measures provides clear information from both sides of this election’s ballot measures. Viewers will also learn about the history of the citizen-passed initiative in Montana and how the process works today. Watch the full program first aired Thursday, October 4th on MontanaPBS.


Campaign Beat: Ongoing Debate Over Cancer Funding and a Look at Ballot Initiatives

Reporter Edward O’Brien talks with Lee Newspaper reporters Mike Dennison and Chuck Johnson about the ongoing debate about breast cancer treatment in Montana’s U.S. Senate race and the latest on a few of the initatives that will – and will not – appear …


News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee Newspaper reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about fundraising, Initiative 166, and high rollers.