Montana lawmakers discuss bill to limit governor’s powers in extended emergencies

HELENA — Montana lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would put limits on the governor’s powers during an extended emergency – a response to the orders the previous governor put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The House State Administration Committee held a hearing on House Bill 122, sponsored by Republican Rep. David Bedey of Hamilton. Bedey said the bill is intended to “restore balance” between the executive and legislative branches.