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Legislative panel advances report on federal-land management

HELENA — A legislative panel Thursday voted to advance a report on how to encourage more state involvement in management of federal lands in Montana — but not before changing it to say transferring those lands to the state should be considered a “last resort.”

July 10, 2014 7:06 pmLoading…

More climate change debate at convention

BUTTE — The subjects of climate change and environmental policy evoked another lively discussion at the state Democratic Party’s platform convention here Saturday, as delegates debated how and where they should be emphasized in the platform.

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 Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24, which creates the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board. With Bullock are Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, at left, and Sen. Jim Keane, D-Butte. 

May 17, 2013 11:45 amLoading…
 Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signs House Bill 24, which creates the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board. With Bullock are Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, at left, and Sen. Jim Keane, D-Butte.

April 29, 2013 3:41 pmLoading…
Bullock signs law creating state parks board

Bullock signs law creating state parks board

With praise for Montana's 54 state parks, the money they generate for the economy and the historical and recreational heritage they embody, Gov. Steve Bullock signed House Bill 24 on Monday at Pictograph Cave State Park, creating the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board.

April 29, 2013 11:26 am Photos

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State pay raise bill advances, but no more money added

HELENA -- A Senate committee on Friday night pushed out a pay plan bill for state employees, but failed to add any more money.

April 12, 2013 8:52 pmLoading…
Appropriations Committee votes top week's hearings agenda

Appropriations Committee votes top week's hearings agenda

HELENA — Some key executive action is coming in committees this week and figures to top the legislative agenda.

March 09, 2013 11:00 pm Related Loading…
Senate endorses bill taking money from state work comp fund

Senate endorses bill taking money from state work comp fund

HELENA — The state Senate on Saturday endorsed a bill requiring the state workers’ compensation fund to use its surplus to pay down a 20-year-old debt – despite claims that the bill violates state law and could raise work comp premiums for businesses.

February 09, 2013 11:06 am Related Loading…
Advocates for people with developmental disabilities urge closure of Boulder facility

Advocates for people with developmental disabilities urge closure of Boulder facility

HELENA — Montana’s state institution for people who have developmental disabilities should be closed and its clients moved to community-based care, advocates for a bill to plan the possible closure testified on Friday.

February 08, 2013 6:44 pm Related Loading…
Work-comp salaries raise eyebrows on Senate panel

Work-comp salaries raise eyebrows on Senate panel

HELENA — Executive and employee salaries at the state workers’ compensation fund raised eyebrows at a Senate committee Thursday, as the fund opposed a bill requiring it to use its own assets to cover a pre-1990 debt.

January 31, 2013 5:40 pm Related Loading…
House is off Saturday, but still gets paid; Butte senator upset

House is off Saturday, but still gets paid; Butte senator upset

HELENA — The House is taking Saturday off, but the Senate intends to work.

January 25, 2013 6:45 pm Related Loading…
Panel gets earful on drawing new Senate districts – and agreement often hard to find

Panel gets earful on drawing new Senate districts – and agreement often hard to find

HELENA – Should western Montana’s Lake County maintain its own Senate district – or should southern Lake County fall in with part of Missoula County?

November 15, 2012 9:37 pm Related Loading…
Montana State Parks seeks own commission

Montana State Parks seeks own commission

As the Montana State Parks system nears its 70th anniversary in 2014, lawmakers and Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks staff are wrestling with how the system should be organized and where it should be housed.

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Environmental Quality Council puts FWP in hot seat over bison

Environmental Quality Council puts FWP in hot seat over bison

HELENA -- .Members of the state Environmental Quality Council unanimously agreed Monday to submit a strongly worded letter to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks requesting a delay in deciding whether to relocate bison until a statewide conservation strategy is adopted.

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New law allows Montana pharmacists to give flu shots to kids

Pharmacists in Montana will be able to give flu vaccinations to children age 12 and older under a new law effective Saturday.

September 27, 2011 6:36 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Legislature boosts jobs, Montana economy

The 62nd session of the Montana Legislature may go down in history for many reasons, but one of the biggest will be its positive impact on Montana’s business climate. Lawmakers passed several laws early this year that will help Montana’s small businesses hire more workers, buy newer/safer eq…

June 10, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Democrats' bill revising Montana environmental law endorsed

Democrats' bill revising Montana environmental law endorsed

HELENA — The Montana House on Friday overwhelmingly endorsed what’s become this session’s major bill to revise a key Montana environmental law, as supporters said the changes will clear the way for more natural-resource development in the state.

April 08, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…

Environment law revisions gets House endorsement

HELENA  - The House is backing a revision of Montana's environmental laws that will likely head to the governor's desk.

April 08, 2011 5:02 pmLoading…

Bill would revise rules relating to primitive parks

Just because a park is classified as primitive doesn't mean it shouldn't have some basic services, state officials argued before the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks committee on Tuesday.

March 16, 2011 4:40 pmLoading…

Republicans in Senate push through bills revamping enviromental protections

HELENA — A quartet of bills to revamp and rewrite Montana's environmental and mining laws rolled through the state Senate Wednesday, as majority Republicans said it's time to pave the way for new natural-resource jobs.

February 23, 2011 6:15 pmLoading…

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