Sam Wilson had this story on a Montana tribal voting bill that has cleared committee following revisions. The article is published in The Independent Record. Here is an excerpt:
A heavily amended bill to expand Native American voting access in Montana advanced from a House committee Friday, although at least one tribe involved in the legislation expressed disappointment with the changes.
House Bill 613 was brought by Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, D-Crow Agency, as an attempt to resolve some of the barriers to voting access on the state’s Indian reservations. After it was introduced late in the session, members of the House State Administration Committee held morning work sessions over the past week, aiming for a middle ground between budget-conscious counties and tribes demanding improved access to the polls on reservations.
Rep. Tyson Running Wolf, D-Browning, worked closely with other committee members on the legislation. He acknowledged Friday the bill was substantially different than what had been initially proposed by Native groups and tribes.