Full Montana House endorses main state budget bill after all-day debate

HELENA — On Monday, the Montana House met all day to consider just a single bill – but it was a massive one. They held a full day of debate on House Bill 2, the main state budget bill.

Lawmakers then endorsed the bill 67-33 in a party-line vote, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition.

HB 2 lays out about $12.6 billion in state spending over the next two years, from the general fund, state special revenue and federal money. The members of the House Appropriations Committee have been crafting the bill for weeks.