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.
The Billings City Council has violated the Montana Constitution and state statute by failing to give public notice of “council initiatives” and votes.
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.
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.
HELENA — The final game of the year came down to a single goal.
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.
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.
An amended lawsuit against Custer County commissioners and other county officials was filed Wednesday in Custer County District Court.
The recent decision by the Montana Supreme Court to suspend its rules governing access to court records gives us pause.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than a year after a Helena attorney sued Yellowstone County over a payment dispute, both sides have agreed to settle the case.
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.