HELENA – Abortion, the death penalty, guns and the very essence of personhood. Some of the legislative session's most contentious bills seemed doomed from the start, some killed with a stroke of the governor's veto pen while others perished by legislative action or inaction.
While more than 250 bills are still on their way to the governor's desk, more than 550 died in committee or on the floors of the House and Senate. As of Friday, the governor had issued 13 outright vetoes.
Many of the session's most hotly debated bills focused on hot-button issues that exposed the cultural divide between social conservatives and Democrats. There were also measures focused on Shariah law, charter schools and transgender rights.
Over the four-month session, conservative lawmakers introduced three major anti-abortion bills.