Next year Montana will celebrate the centennial anniversary of electing the state’s first women to the Legislature.
Senate President Debby Barrett, SD36-Dillon
HELENA — Incoming Montana Senate President Debby Barrett wants to have a united Republican caucus in the Senate this year after the bitter split that divided the GOP two years ago.
Relief could be on the horizon for strapped public services in the Northern Plains’ booming oil patch, as elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota move to steer more money into the region during the states’ upcoming legislative sessions.
HELENA — In electing new leadership for the 2015 Legislative session, Montana Senate Republicans have kept the more conservative edge they adopted in 2013.
HELENA — Legislators have begun scrambling for party leadership positions within their respective caucuses, including presiding officers of the Senate and House.
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.
The Montana Supreme Court’s recent ruling on an important stream access case represents an alarming expansion of access law at the detriment of property rights.
HELENA — A contentious water rights agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Western Montana is headed for the Montana Legislature, where its sponsor said Wednesday that he’s hopeful it can be ratified.
HELENA — The Montana Legislature revisited the contentious issue of eminent domain Tuesday, as the state Senate voted to repeal a 2-year-old law that gives private power line developers the authority to condemn property to build the line.
GREAT FALLS — Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove some eminent-domain powers granted by the 2011 Legislature.
HELENA — The right of power companies to condemn private property for a transmission line is headed for another battle at the Montana Legislature, as a Republican state senator wants to repeal a two-year-old law defining that right.
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.
HELENA — Montana legislators have some plans they say could save the livestock industry, restore the flow of timber to mills and create jobs so our children can stay here.
HELENA — A state senator wants to remove the nearly automatic $4 "opt-out" fee motorists pay for parks when they register a vehicle — a move that parks supporters argued would gut the funding system.
HELENA — State lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier for utilities to meet the standard for renewable energy production, a proposal that conservationists say would make the standard meaningless.
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.
Editor's note: This is the third story of an ongoing series this month by the Gazette State Bureau, examining major issues and themes before the 2011 Legislature, which convenes Jan. 3.
Sen. Debby Barrett from Dillon is just another typical conservative. She cries about government, then wants government to fix her problems. She is too lazy to separate her cows from elk, so her solution is Senate Bill Draft LC0029. This bill would bankrupt Fish, Wildlife and Parks, raid the …
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