The 67th session of the Montana Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday, April 29.
During lawmakers’ 80 days of work, 1,313 bills were introduced, and as of midday Friday at least 302 had been signed into law.
Montana Republicans have come a long way since they last left the state Capitol building in 2019, when then-GOP House Majority Leader Brad Tschida stood on the floor of the chamber and bemoaned the divisions in their caucus while a Democratic governor held the power of the veto pen.
Two years later, the GOP arrived this session with a bolstered majority in both the House and Senate and their first Republican governor in 16 years. Republicans say 2020 voters gave them a mandate to create jobs and jump-start Montana’s economy after pandemic-related shutdowns and touted their legislative accomplishments as a new day for the state.
The first show of power from Republicans came…