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Bullock approves six bills to cover $227M gap in budget, vetoes two others

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HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock gave approval Friday to six bills passed during last week's special legislative session, which will most of the state's $227 million budget gap.

The Democratic governor also vetoed two Republican-backed bills, including one that would have saved $15 million by requiring certain state employees to take furloughs. The other vetoed bill would have authorized the insurance commissioner to apply for health-care innovation waivers.

Bullock signed three measures into law and allowed three others to become law without his signature. One of the bills that became law without a signature was encouraging a $30 million deal with a private prison operator in Shelby.

One bill that Bullock signed put a $30 million charge on investments with the Montana State Fund. 

Bullock called the special session this month to reduce spending to fix a budget shortfall, which was caused by unexpected costs from this summer's wildfires and low revenue.

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