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Lawmaker offers amendment requiring more votes for referendums to make ballot

Lawmaker offers amendment requiring more votes for referendums to make ballot

HELENA — A Billings legislator is proposing a constitutional amendment to make it harder for legislators to put referendums on the ballot.

March 26, 2013 5:45 pmLoading…

Outfitters on opposite side of assistants bill

Hunting and fishing outfitter groups are on opposite sides of a bill that would allow outfitters to hire emergency assistants for up to 15 days.

March 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Houndsmen support bear hunting, oppose lion trapping

Houndsmen support bear hunting, oppose lion trapping

Houndsmen turned out in force Tuesday to oppose a bill that would allow trapping of mountain lions and support one that would allow the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to authorize hunting black bears with hounds.

January 22, 2013 5:03 pm Related Loading…
Pay increase plan tops legislative hearings next week

Pay increase plan tops legislative hearings next week

HELENA — A hearing on a proposed pay raise for state employees headlines the House and Senate schedule this week for the Montana Legislature.

January 20, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…
FWP officials' personal letters backfire; Miles City staffers who were ordered to relocate win preliminary appeal

FWP officials' personal letters backfire; Miles City staffers who were ordered to relocate win preliminary appeal

Two veteran Miles City Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees have unintentionally landed at the center of a statewide dispute between resident hunters and outfitters, landowners and wildlife advocates, and members of the Legislature and the FWP Commission.

September 24, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…

Senate committee kills unlimited archery elk bill

A contentious bill that would have revised archery hunting in the Missouri River Breaks and other draw-only districts was voted down in the Senate Fish and Game Committee Thursday night, but not before testimony got a little testy.

April 07, 2011 6:03 pmLoading…

Initiative 161 author refights battle in Legislature

After a year-long battle to get Initiative 161 passed in last November's election — a fight that even entered the courtroom — sponsor Kurt Kephart thought he could rest. The hard work had been done, the battle finally won.

April 03, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Outfitter/legislator pulls bill that challenged Initiative 161

Only four months after it was passed, a voter-approved initiative removing nonresident license set-asides for outfitters seemed set for a challenge by an outfitter/legislator's bill.

March 11, 2011 10:15 amLoading…

Offtrail: State needs to resolve bison management issue

As hundreds of Yellowstone National Park bison await slaughter in a capture facility near Gardiner, lawmakers, hunters, landowners and interest groups are butting heads in the Montana Legislature about whether such a situation should continue or change.

February 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Assisted suicide, marijuana, health care on tap this week at Legislature

HELENA — Assisted suicide, medical marijuana and more attempts to block health-care reform are among the items on tap this week at the Montana Legislature.

February 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

House panel OKs ultrasound-before-abortion bill

HELENA — Women seeking abortions would be required to first undergo an ultrasound under a bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee Friday on a party-line vote.

February 04, 2011 8:21 pmLoading…

2011 legislative session begins Monday, many bills target fish, wildlife, hunting

Rep. Doug Kary of Billings has introduced into the 2011 Montana Legislature what he thinks is a pretty simple bill - one that would allow hunters to drive onto public lands with an official escort between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to retrieve downed game.

January 02, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

New legislator Harris wants to rescind I-161

A week after Montanans approved a constitutional initiative to get rid of outfitter-sponsored hunting licenses, newly elected Rep. Bill Harris, R-Mosby, has requested the drafting of a bill to rescind the measure.

November 11, 2010 11:00 pmLoading…

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