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A bill to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors received nearly three hours of testimony Monday in its designated House committee, the first major action on the legislation since it passed out of the Senate in early February. By Mara Silvers

Ranchers across the West often truck their cows hundreds of miles to meatpacking facilities that slaughter, butcher and package the meat for sale. The highway miles add financial burden to an industry that already struggles for economic sustainability. By Hailey Smalley

The Legislature has passed a bill to rename a section of Montana Highway 89 on the Blackfeet Reservation after the late Blackfeet chief Earl Old Person. The bill is currently on Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk awaiting his signature, which would make the name change legally official. By JoVonne Wagner

We’re on day 55 of the 90 day session. This week we’re talking about health care funding, childcare initiatives and vaccine bills. By MTFP Staff

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