A simple change in Montana law would prevent hundreds of serious injuries and save taxpayers millions of dollars a year. Yet proposals for enforcing the state’s seat belt law like any other law have failed in nine consecutive legislatures.
The start of the 2015 Montana Legislature is more than nine months and two elections away, but the list of potential legislation is already 76 bills long.
HELENA — A commission’s last-minute reassignment of two state senators to new central Montana districts was a political move to allow another state senator from Conrad to run for re-election in 2014, and should be thrown out, a lawyer for citizens in one of the districts argued Friday.
To get a sense of some of the most pressing environmental issues facing Montana, consider the Environmental Quality Council’s agenda — controlling wolf populations, hunting and fishing license reform, sage grouse protection and the increasing cost of fighting wildland fires.
HELENA — A last-minute change in the assignment of two “holdover” senators in Montana’s newly drawn Senate districts shortchanges the voting rights of people in a new central Montana district and should be thrown out, a lawsuit says.
HELENA — The Legislature failed to override any of Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s vetoes during the 2011 session to keep his perfect record intact of never having had a veto overturned since becoming governor in 2005, the latest tallies showed Thursday.
So far, the 2011 seat belt bill is stuck in first gear. After a hearing on Jan. 27, Senate Bill 82 was tabled on Feb. 10 in Senate Highways and Transportation Committee.
Montana's vehicle occupant fatality rate is triple the U.S. rate. For the past decade, about 75 percent of fatally injured Montana vehicle occupants were unbelted at the time of crash.