The lawmakers are back in town.
Members of the 2013 Legislature arrived in the capitol this week.
Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us the parties have chosen their leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives.
And here’s the Associated Press story on the same topic by Matt Gouras:
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana legislators are picking new leaders in advance of the 2013 Legislature.
Republicans still control both chambers following last week’s elections.
In the Senate, Republicans ousted Senate President Jim Peterson of Buffalo and rejected current Speaker Pro Tempore Bruce Tutvedt’s bid for majority leader.
The GOP instead chose Sen. Jeff Essmann of Billings as their nominee for Senate president, Art Wittich of Bozeman as majority leader and Debbie Barrett of Dillon as speaker pro tempore.
Senate Democrats picked Jon Sesso as their new minority leader.
Republicans chose Mark Blasdel of Somers to fill a vacant House speaker’s post. Gordon Vance of Billings will be the new majority leader and Austin Knudsen of Culbertson was picked as speaker pro tempore.
House Democrats elected Chuck Hunter of Helena minority leader.