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Montana Lowdown

Montana Free Press founder and editor John S. Adams interviews newsmakers on the hottest topics and issues in American's Last Best Place. 

Jan 14, 2019

Democrats haven't had a ruling majority in the Montana House of Representatives since 1991, and yet they still manage to get some of their legislative priorities passed each session. 


Montana Rep. Casey Schreiner says it comes down to pragmatism and bipartisanship. 

"Through this whole time in the Legislature, I really have tried to focus my vision on being pragmatic and accomplishing goals," said Schreiner, the House Minority Leader in the 2019 Legislative session. "Let's make sure we're pragmatic. Let's make sure we're solutions-oriented."

It takes 51 votes in the House, 26 votes in the Senate, and the signature of the governor for a bill to become law. That means the success of any legislation relies on some level of bipartisanship. From health care, to education, to infrastructure, some across-the-aisle cooperation is required if the state is going to adopt a balanced budget before the 90 legislative days are up. 

In Episode 2 of the Montana Lowdown podcast, House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner talks about the importance of working across the aisle to get work done that benefits the majority of Montanas.