"This is yet another unconstitutional effort to politicize the courts, and it must be checked," the plaintiffs' attorneys wrote.
The bill was brought by a Republican to change the law after the state GOP paid to qualify the Green Party for the 2020 ballot but saw the effort knocked down in court.
"There has been no misuse of state resources," Chief Justice Mike McGrath wrote in a letter to lawmakers on Friday.
The last day of the state Legislature proved a rollercoaster day for Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Chris Abbott.
Legislators stripped a provision in a different bill, put on by Colstrip Republican Sen. Duane Ankney earlier in the in the week, that also targeted nonprofits.
The Select Committee on Judicial Transparency and Accountability is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday.
State Supreme Court Associate Justice Jim Rice wrote the subpoena for his communications was an "inappropriate overreach by the Department of Justice and the State Legislature."
At the start of the legislative session in January, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte said his goal was to get the top income rate, now at 6.9%, below 5%,
Proponents of the bill said it rectifies languishing property tax revenues for counties when applications are stalled.
The committee chair said he had prepared a list of roughly 40 questions for the Supreme Court Administrator.
One branch of government in Montana rejecting the power of another would be unprecedented, except this was the second time it'd happened in less than a week.
The select committee announced seeks to "continue investigating the conduct and practices of the Montana Judiciary," a GOP spokesperson said in an email Wednesday.
Pharmacy benefit managers are the middle broker between drug manufactures, health insurers and pharmacies.
Senate Bill 319, sponsored by Sen. Greg Hertz, would establish joint fundraising committees.
Rep. Rhonda Knudsen’s amendment lowered the rate to 6.5%, for a cut of 0.4%.
Republican Sen. Greg Hertz’s bill would require tribes to pay back temporarily exempt taxes if an application is rejected or times out.
The bill’s fiscal note estimates the change would mean increased revenues to the state.