HELENA — Montana lawmakers began debating two proposals Tuesday that would restrict access to abortions in the state, launching a renewed focus for the Republican-controlled Legislature on abortion limits after the state in November elected its first Republican governor in 16 years.

HELENA (AP) — A Montana House committee held a hearing Tuesday on a bill to limit the power of the governor to address declared disasters lasting longer than two months — and instead shift it to state lawmakers for dealing with emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

HELENA — Lawmakers who sit on the House and Senate rules committees convened virtually and at the state Capitol this week to debate how the upcoming legislative session should operate as COVID-19 continues to spread across the state.