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Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

At Trailhead Spirits in downtown Billings, owner Casey McGowan is selling the Montana brand as much as his own products. So it’s worth jacking up his prices if the money comes back to his community.

December 14, 2014 12:15 am Photos


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Republicans weigh broad changes to election rules

Republicans weigh broad changes to election rules

Montana Republicans were weighing broad changes to how candidates are picked during primary election as the political party's convention headed to a finale Saturday.

June 21, 2014 10:20 amLoading…

Budget increase comparisons split GOP lawmakers

HELENA — Republican legislators are using different comparisons to fight over how much the 2013 Legislature increased state spending over the next two years.

January 29, 2014 11:30 amLoading…
Legislative leaders appoint pension panel

Legislative leaders appoint pension panel

HELENA — Senate President Jeff Essmann and House Speaker Mark Blasdel on Thursday appointed a 12-member joint select committee to address state pensions, one of the major issues of the session.

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Timeline of key medical marijuana dates in Montana

HELENA — It’s hard to keep track of what’s happening with the state and federal government’s efforts to regulate or control medical marijuana in the state.

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Organizer of 'cannabis caravans' now going for online 'teleclinics'

Organizer of 'cannabis caravans' now going for online 'teleclinics'

Montana's tough new medical marijuana law was supposed to end the phenomenon of assembly-line doctor appointments or online recommendations for therapeutic cannabis.

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Eminent domain logjam still exists; new proposal floated

HELENA — Senate Republicans are floating a new proposal to break the legislative logjam over landowner rights vs. property condemnation powers of transmission line developers — but so far they’re not finding any takers.

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Panel to have bill drafted with strict regulation of medical marijuana

HELENA — A Senate panel on Monday requested a bill to be drafted to impose strict regulations on medical marijuana to make it harder for people to obtain cards to legally use it, eliminate the storefront dispensaries and squeeze money out of the industry by requiring growers to be nonprofits.

March 21, 2011 12:59 pm Related Loading…

Medical marijuana repeal bill fails on tie vote in Senate panel

HELENA -- A Senate committee failed on a tie vote to endorse a bill that would repeal Montana's medical marijuana law.

March 14, 2011 12:50 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Outdated dropout law fails Montana students

One of the early disappointments of the 2011 Montana Legislature is a Senate committee's failure to support raising Montana's legal dropout age from 16 (or eighth-grade graduation) to 18 or high school graduation/GED completion.

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