Another bill, House Bill 356, from Rep. Dennis Lenz, R-Billings, which would have prohibited anonymous reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect, also fell from 49-50 on Tuesday after passing a second reading 51-49 the day. before.
As the House wrapped up its work on Tuesday, lawmakers acknowledged the heavy workload.
“It has been a few long days, but I’m proud of his body,” Speaker Wylie Galt, R-Martinsdale said Tuesday as the House adjourned. “We accomplished a lot in a short period of time and everyone remained respectful to each other.”
In the two days leading up to the transmission deadline, the House and Senate have both heard a tremendous amount of bills and at times the rush has led to a dispute between Republicans, who hold a majority in both chambers. , and minority Democrats. This included Democrats were not allowed to vote at a hastily called committee meeting on Saturday, actions which were called off after Democratic objections.
Vinton spoke on Monday, addressing this issue and calling for renewed decorum and courtesy. Minority Leader Kim Abbott’s representative on Tuesday said Vinton’s message had been effective.
“I think after establishing that expectation things immediately started to get better and it shows that leadership action is making a difference. I think we had a much sweeter, more productive day and a half, two days, … I think directly related to his standing and creating a new expectation, ”Abbott said.
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