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Montana lawmakers pick legislative leaders

Montana lawmakers pick legislative leaders

HELENA — In electing new leadership for the 2015 Legislative session, Montana Senate Republicans have kept the more conservative edge they adopted in 2013.

November 12, 2014 11:10 amLoading…

Contested races likely for House, Senate leadership posts

HELENA — Legislators have begun scrambling for party leadership positions within their respective caucuses, including presiding officers of the Senate and House.

November 05, 2014 6:39 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: What’s on Legislature’s agenda for 2015?

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.

March 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Stream access ruling bad precedent for landowners

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.

January 31, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Salish/Kootenai water rights compact heads to the Legislature

Salish/Kootenai water rights compact heads to the Legislature

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.

February 27, 2013 6:49 pm Related Loading…
Montana Senate backs eminent-domain rollback

Montana Senate backs eminent-domain rollback

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.

February 26, 2013 12:25 pm Related Loading…
Montana lawmakers hear plan to roll back eminent domain

Montana lawmakers hear plan to roll back eminent domain

GREAT FALLS — Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove some eminent-domain powers granted by the 2011 Legislature.

February 06, 2013 9:29 am Related Loading…
New fight brewing over eminent domain

New fight brewing over eminent domain

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.

January 25, 2013 7:30 pm Related Loading…
Sen. Debby Barrett, R-Dillon

Sen. Debby Barrett, R-Dillon

Barrett

January 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
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…

Bills aim to bring local governments to the table on federal decisions

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.

January 18, 2011 11:00 pmLoading…

Bill aims to protect wolf hunters from bullying

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.

January 13, 2011 5:21 pmLoading…

Bill would count existing dams as renewable energy

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.

January 11, 2011 1:48 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…

GOP sets sight on boosting fossil-fuel energy development; enviros prepare for `assault'

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.

December 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Senator should leave state’s wildlife alone

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 …

May 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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