Mark Twain is credited with saying, “History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” And so it is with SB331, which is winding its way through the legislature. This bill authorizes NorthWestern Energy to buy more interest in old coal plants and automatically pass the costs, plus profit margin, onto their customers without review by the Public Service Commission. It also puts ratepayers on the hook for more of the decommissioning and cleanup costs in the future.
As lawmakers on the third floor of the Montana Capitol heard hours of testimony Saturday on two Medicaid expansion bills, ralliers convened at noon in the rotunda to support lifting the sunset on the health care program.
The “Don’t Mess with Medicaid" rally featured several speakers before a crowd of more than 400 cheering for the Democratic bill that would continue Medicaid expansion without the work requirements some Republicans want to add. The legislation they came to support was House Bill 425, brought by Rep. Mary Caferro, D-Helena, that makes the Medicaid expansion signed into law in 2015 permanent. . . .