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Republicans say public doesn't mind if they meet behind closed doors

Republicans say public doesn't mind if they meet behind closed doors

HELENA — The 1998 court order that says Montana legislators’ party caucuses cannot meet in private no longer applies — and the public doesn’t mind if these caucuses meet behind closed doors — a lawyer for House Republicans says.

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Gazette opinion: Council must rectify failure to give public notice

The Billings City Council has violated the Montana Constitution and state statute by failing to give public notice of “council initiatives” and votes.

June 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Judge hears arguments over candidate’s eligibility for Supreme Court

HELENA — A state district judge heard arguments Wednesday on whether to remove Lawrence VanDyke from the 2014 ballot as a candidate for Supreme Court in a dispute over his eligibility. 

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Court reverses ruling that made it difficult to challenge agencies on open meetings

HELENA — The state Supreme Court has reversed an earlier ruling that made it difficult for individuals to file legal challenges against government agencies that ignore Montana's open-meetings and open-records laws.

January 10, 2014 3:05 pmLoading…
Senior girls top Helena 1-0 in State AA soccer championship

Senior girls top Helena 1-0 in State AA soccer championship

HELENA — The final game of the year came down to a single goal.

November 02, 2013 2:29 pm Photos


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GOP asks judge to overturn dismissal of ethics case against governor

GOP asks judge to overturn dismissal of ethics case against governor

HELENA — The Montana Republican Party asked a district judge Wednesday to overturn the state’s dismissal of its ethics complaint against Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer over his public service advertisements in 2008.

November 28, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Judge considers motion to dismiss suit against Custer County officials

COLUMBUS — After hearing legal arguments Friday afternoon, a District Court judge said he would rule as quickly as possible on a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against a group of Custer County elected officials.

October 05, 2012 5:30 pmLoading…

Amended complaint filed in Custer County's health premium dispute

An amended lawsuit against Custer County commissioners and other county officials was filed Wednesday in Custer County District Court.

March 02, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Maintain open access to public documents

The recent decision by the Montana Supreme Court to suspend its rules governing access to court records gives us pause.

September 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: SD2 needs primer on open meetings, records law

On Aug. 15 after the Billings school board held a public hearing on the annual K-12 budget, trustees decided to postpone the budget vote because of concerns that the district may have violated state open government law.

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PSC votes to enforce secrecy on wind-project pricing information

HELENA — As part of an ongoing case on whether to approve a utility’s decision to buy a new wind-power project, the state Public Service Commission on Thursday voted to withhold from the public the price and cost information on two wind-power projects that weren’t chosen.

July 07, 2011 4:13 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Trustees must insist on open meetings

Billings Public Schools Superintendent Keith Beeman recently notified trustees that he wants to meet with them privately “to share with you some specific information regarding the budget and negotiations that we are not ready to share with the public.”

June 23, 2011 12:10 amLoading…
Deputy sheriff settles cases with Yellowstone County for $400,000

Deputy sheriff settles cases with Yellowstone County for $400,000

A Yellowstone County sheriff's deputy who repeatedly clashed with his former superiors has agreed to settle all claims against the county in exchange for $400,000 and a series of policy changes in the Sheriff's Department.

April 29, 2011 10:00 pm Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: House majorities rain on sunshine bills

The Montana Constitution and open-meetings/open-records laws offer strong guarantees of the public’s right to know about government. However, right-to-know legislation hasn’t fared well in the House this session.

March 31, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

County enacts 60-day email policy

Yellowstone County commissioners on Tuesday approved a new email policy, but some are concerned that the rule clashes with the state’s open records law.

March 22, 2011 7:00 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Lawmakers' state subsidies should be disclosed

In the midst of a legislative session in which many Montana legislators propose to reject a federal law intended to extend health coverage to more Americans, there’s a significant information gap on the would-be repealers.

February 28, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Billings legislator wants to re-insert exception for open-meetings law

HELENA — School boards or other government bodies should be able to close a meeting to discuss labor-negotiation strategy with their negotiator, a state representative from Billings said Friday.

February 04, 2011 1:38 pmLoading…

County settles fee dispute with Helena lawyer

More than a year after a Helena attorney sued Yellowstone County over a payment dispute, both sides have agreed to settle the case.

January 04, 2011 9:15 pmLoading…

Attorney: Toss out ethics complaint

HELENA - The Montana Republican Party complaint that Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer illegally made public service announcements after filing for re-election should be summarily dismissed, his attorney said Tuesday.

July 15, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

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