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Court blocks ‘top-two’ primary referendum from appearing on 2014 ballot

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the state from placing on the November ballot a legislative referendum to change how the state’s primary elections work.

March 25, 2014 5:07 pm
Lockwood community to vote on creating safety district

Lockwood community to vote on creating safety district

Lockwood voters will get a chance to create a special taxing district for pedestrian safety improvements in a special election to be held next year.

December 03, 2013 5:25 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: City Charter change makes sense for Billings

Billings voters are being asked to change a single word in the City Charter.

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Governor OK with Wyoming's referendum process

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead says he believes Wyoming's standards for citizen-initiated laws and referendums are appropriate.

June 07, 2013 3:29 pmLoading…
Tough to get referendum, initiative on Wyoming ballot

Tough to get referendum, initiative on Wyoming ballot

CHEYENNE — Sponsors of an effort to repeal a new state law say they were so rushed by Wyoming’s referendum deadline that they didn’t have time to count how many signatures they had collected on the petitions they submitted this week.

May 30, 2013 1:34 pmLoading…
Montana House approves GOP election referendums

Montana House approves GOP election referendums

HELENA — The Montana House on Wednesday approved a pair of election referendums that sparked uproar in the Senate two weeks ago when Democrats failed in an attempt to block the bills.

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Senate Democrats stage chaotic protest as they try to block votes on bills

Senate Democrats stage chaotic protest as they try to block votes on bills

HELENA – Montana’s state Senate careened into partisan chaos Friday, as minority Democrats pounded their desks and shouted protests, trying to shut down the chamber to block a pair of Republican proposals to change Montana voting laws.

April 05, 2013 3:03 pm Video Photos

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Most referendum measures find approval

Most referendum measures find approval

HELENA — The Senate and House endorsed all but one of the referendums before them Thursday, but not without some controversy.

April 04, 2013 8:47 pm Photos

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GOP lawmakers drop in late referendum bills

GOP lawmakers drop in late referendum bills

HELENA — At the 11th hour of this legislative session, some Republican lawmakers are dropping in referendums to put controversial issues directly before voters and bypass possible vetoes by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

April 03, 2013 7:33 pmLoading…

Referendum on superintendent law gets OK

CHEYENNE — Opponents of a new state law that changed the duties of the state superintendent of public instruction can begin collecting signatures in their effort to repeal it.

March 08, 2013 5:57 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Don't buy Balyeat's argument against public schools

Joe Balyeat (Feb. 2 guest opinion) is no friend of public programs and services, especially public education and the folks who serve therein. He would privatize our public schools at taxpayer expense. He would lay waste to the democratic public school governing structures outlined in our sta…

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Will GOP lawmakers use referendums to avoid vetoes again this session?

Will GOP lawmakers use referendums to avoid vetoes again this session?

HELENA — Republican legislators may borrow a page from their 2011 playbook and put some controversial issues directly on the ballot as referendums to avoid a governor’s veto.

January 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Legislators should put focus on the practical, essential

In the first days of the 63rd Montana Legislature, the bill count totaled 1,843 drafts of which 275 had already been introduced in the House or Senate.

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Tribal members petition for vote on remainder of settlement money

Tribal members petition for vote on remainder of settlement money

PABLO – A petition demanding that tribal members be allowed to vote on whether the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes distribute the rest of a $150 million settlement from the federal government directly to the membership is in the hands of the CSKT Council.

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Laramie mulls new ward system

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Are Laramie’s seven city council wards too small to attract candidates? Or are they small enough to ensure that wealthier residents don’t monopolize city government?

November 05, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

State: Lawsuit to disqualify spending-limit referendum should be rejected

HELENA — The attorney general’s office is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to disqualify a 2012 referendum that would refund to taxpayers excess state tax revenue, saying the issue shouldn’t be decided until after people vote on the referendum.

November 04, 2011 3:16 pmLoading…

Medical marijuana issue likely on ballot, eminent domain doubtful

HELENA — With signatures due at county courthouses Friday, it appears highly likely a proposed referendum on the more restrictive new state medical marijuana law will qualify for the November 2012 election, while one targeting a new eminent-domain law will fall far short.

September 28, 2011 6:50 pmLoading…
Guest opinion: Election law key to breaking state's 'copper collar'

Guest opinion: Election law key to breaking state's 'copper collar'

One hundred years ago, Amalgamated Copper, a national corporate giant, held sway over Montana and all its citizens. Amalgamated employed about two-thirds of the workers in the state as miners, smeltermen, loggers and even newspapermen. The governor and members of the Legislature took their m…

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Group plans referendum on eminent domain bill

HELENA — A group of landowners and others have organized to gather signatures to block a controversial new eminent domain bill from taking effect and putting it on the 2012 ballot as a referendum.

May 17, 2011 7:39 pmLoading…

Senate endorses annual legislative sessions

HELENA -- If the Senate majority has its way, voters will decide in 2012 whether Montana should switch to annual legislative sessions instead of the current every-other-year gatherings.

March 07, 2011 3:21 pmLoading…

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