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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…

Guest opinion: State law prohibits cities from banning discrimination

The city of Billings is considering a non-discrimination ordinance similar to those adopted by Missoula, Helena, Butte and Bozeman. It is my opinion that the foregoing self-government cities acted in excess of their legal authority. My purpose is to point out how the enactment of such an ord…

June 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Judge orders Supreme Court candidate off the ballot

Judge orders Supreme Court candidate off the ballot

HELENA — A district judge on Friday ordered the name of Supreme Court justice candidate Lawrence VanDyke removed from the November ballot because he’s ineligible to run.

April 25, 2014 4:45 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Let’s take a good look at local government

Gazette opinion: Let’s take a good look at local government

Is it time for citizens to study their county and city governments and consider changes – large or small – in the structure of government?

April 06, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Montana equality advocates pursue alternate path to fight same-sex marriage ban

Montana equality advocates pursue alternate path to fight same-sex marriage ban

MISSOULA — Montana’s constitutional definition of marriage as one-man, one-woman is similar to other states where legal decisions have overturned such provisions, but same-sex marriage advocates are following a different strategy for change.

March 03, 2014 10:07 amLoading…

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…

Lawsuit challenges upcoming cost-of-living cuts to retired educators

HELENA — Six current and retired educators and the MEA-MFT union filed a lawsuit Friday challenging part of a new law that will lower annual cost-of-living raises for retired teachers from 1.5 percent to 0.5 percent on Jan. 1.

October 11, 2013 11:45 amLoading…

Supreme Court upholds 6-year reappraisal cycle

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a district judge and upheld the legality of the state’s six-year reappraisal cycle for residential property, even when property values decline during the period.

August 14, 2013 6:57 pmLoading…
Both sides claim support from Supreme Court decision

Both sides claim support from Supreme Court decision

HELENA — Although two U.S. Supreme Court decisions Wednesday do not directly affect Montana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, both sides in the debate in the state cited the rulings as supporting their respective positions.

June 26, 2013 3:50 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Vetoes necessary to balance state budget

As governor, my top priority is job creation. To create jobs, we need a strong economy. Running a tight fiscal ship and balancing the state budget are critical for our economic strength.

June 02, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Montana settles religious preschool complaint

HELENA — Montana school officials are settling a lawsuit over a decision to cut off tuition assistance to a disabled 4-year-old Columbus girl enrolled in a Christian preschool, and reversing the original decision saying the funds couldn't be used for religious instruction.

May 14, 2013 5:06 pmLoading…
Senate backs bill allowing guns at colleges

Senate backs bill allowing guns at colleges

HELENA — The Montana Senate is backing a plan that directs colleges to allow students to carry guns on campus.

April 03, 2013 4:24 pm Related Loading…
Montana House advances plan to simplify taxes

Montana House advances plan to simplify taxes

HELENA — By a 2-to-1 margin, the Montana House on Thursday endorsed a major bill that seeks to simplify a state income tax system that some tax preparers rank as one of the nation’s most complicated.

March 28, 2013 12:28 pm Related Loading…

Columbus parents sue over Montana tuition assistance

HELENA — Two Montana parents are suing the state schools superintendent over the agency's refusal to provide tuition assistance for their daughter to attend a Christian preschool.

March 26, 2013 12:25 pmLoading…
Abortion foes say voters may trump Constitution

Abortion foes say voters may trump Constitution

HELENA — Abortion foes seeking to expand the state's parental notification law said Friday that voter-backed laws can trump the Montana Constitution.

February 15, 2013 1:46 pm Related Loading…

Groups sue to stop immigration initiative

HELENA — An immigrants’ advocacy group and others have sued to challenge the constitutionality of a recent voter-approved law requiring people to show a proof of citizenship before they obtain certain state government services and benefits.

December 10, 2012 1:55 pmLoading…

Johnson quits as Montana revenue forecaster

HELENA — Terry Johnson, the Legislature’s longtime chief revenue estimator, has resigned his job with the Legislative Fiscal Division, effective Nov. 30.

November 21, 2012 7:00 pmLoading…

Montana revokes Columbus girl's tuition for religious school

HELENA — Montana education officials have cut off tuition assistance to a 4-year-old Columbus girl enrolled in a Christian preschool, and her parents are protesting the action as unconstitutionally targeting religious students and schools.

November 21, 2012 12:22 pmLoading…
Gazette sues city for records of employee discipline for Internet abuse

Gazette sues city for records of employee discipline for Internet abuse

The Billings Gazette filed a lawsuit against the city of Billings on Thursday, asking for the release of public records dealing with city workers who were disciplined for viewing inappropriate websites on the job.

October 11, 2012 10:20 am Related Loading…

Constitutional Convention delegates to gather

HELENA—  Delegates who wrote the Montana Constitution in 1972 will gather Friday at their desks in the Montana House chambers in the Capitol to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the voters’ ratification of the document.

June 12, 2012 8:32 pmLoading…

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