“I Ain’t Been Droppin’ No Eaves Sir, Honest.” We are nearing the end of the 68th Legislative Session. A week ago, I would’ve bet good money the session would end early, concluding by the end of April. However, after a … Continued

“But It Was Not The End, I Felt Life In Me Again.” The legislature is on Easter Break today, one day after many would have celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Tomorrow is Legislative Day 71, giving lawmakers 19 more … Continued

A Message From Rene’ Beyl, Operations and Engagement Manager As I say goodbye to everyone after 15 and half years working for the Billings Chamber, I want to share how blessed I am to have worked alongside wonderful, caring, and … Continued

Like Butter, Scraped Over Too Much Bread Supposedly it’s Spring… Yet, remnant snow suggests it’s not the season of MLB Opening Day or Easter egg hunts in the backyard. Instead of sunshine or Spring showers, tomorrow’s forecast calls for more … Continued

Media Act, Bringing Middle Earth to Montana? To date, 1,571 bills have been introduced, over 250 more than were introduced in the 2021 session. Of those introduced, approximately 1/4 are considered dead, either failing passage or missing a deadline. The … Continued

Montana Community Reinvestment Plan (MCRP) Act The Billings Chamber has been strongly supportive this session of pro-housing legislation aimed at reducing housing regulations and governmental barriers that make it more difficult for the private sector to address our affordable housing … Continued

Leaping into the Second Half of Session The legislature is back in full swing this week, returning after transmittal break with a final count of 42 legislative days remaining. The official calendar gives lawmakers until May 5th to conclude business … Continued

Halftime The legislature is all done . . . with the first half of the 68th Legislative Session. Forty-five legislative days into the constitutionally allowed 90, lawmakers receive a brief intermission to return home and recharge. After the marathon days … Continued

Combining Forces: Ag + Tourism = Agritourism The Billings Chamber is closely connected to our state’s top two industries, agriculture and tourism. We recently hosted our annual Ag Appreciation Banquet, highlighting the importance of agriculture in Montana. The Chamber also … Continued

Each year the Billings Chamber of Commerce awards exceptional leaders whose impact and example are deserving of recognition—not simply for their accomplishments, but also for their character, their leadership, and their integrity. The 2023 Business Excellence Awards honor individuals and … Continued