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Rick Ripley

Guest opinion: FWP bison relocation would harm private landowners

A Montana district court recently ruled that Montana laws dealing with the wild or domestic status of bison are “ambiguous.” Those laws certainly are complicated, and for good reason.

April 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Judge hears arguments in redistricting lawsuit

HELENA — A commission’s last-minute reassignment of two state senators to new central Montana districts was a political move to allow another state senator from Conrad to run for re-election in 2014, and should be thrown out, a lawyer for citizens in one of the districts argued Friday.

November 08, 2013 2:50 pmLoading…
Senate OKs 2 pension bills

Senate OKs 2 pension bills

HELENA — The Senate on Wednesday endorsed the two major bills seeking to repair Montana’s financially troubled pension funds for teachers and public employees.

April 17, 2013 3:26 pm Related Loading…

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…
Funds for buildings killed, but is there life after death?

Funds for buildings killed, but is there life after death?

HELENA — A Senate committee on Wednesday tabled the bill that would have appropriated nearly $100 million in state cash for some new university system building projects and renovations and a new Montana Historical Society building.

April 10, 2013 7:38 pm Related Loading…
Montana construction projects hit another roadblock

Montana construction projects hit another roadblock

HELENA — A $180 million state plan to build education and other buildings in order to spur jobs is hitting a roadblock.

April 10, 2013 2:44 pm Related Loading…
Lawmakers looking for cuts as budget hits Senate

Lawmakers looking for cuts as budget hits Senate

HELENA — The state's main budget bill hit a Senate committee Wednesday as competing priorities threaten to chew through a projected surplus.

April 03, 2013 4:16 pm Related Loading…

Bill to overhaul campaign finance law passes

HELENA — The Senate, in a vote Monday that exposed the split among Republicans, endorsed an overhaul of Montana’s campaign finance law to require anonymous “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.

March 25, 2013 9:50 pmLoading…
Voters in central Montana Senate district sue to invalidate portion of redistricting plan

Voters in central Montana Senate district sue to invalidate portion of redistricting plan

HELENA — A last-minute change in the assignment of two “holdover” senators in Montana’s newly drawn Senate districts shortchanges the voting rights of people in a new central Montana district and should be thrown out, a lawsuit says.

March 25, 2013 12:15 pm Related Loading…
House committee rejects pay plan bill

House committee rejects pay plan bill

HELENA — The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday rejected an attempt to approve the bill to raise state employees’ base pay by 5 percent in each of the next two years.

March 13, 2013 7:14 pmLoading…

Horse Sense: Lawmakers may want to alter pay deal

HELENA—State employees, some struggling to get by, offered a compelling case for a pay raise when they testified at a legislative hearing last week.

January 26, 2013 11:30 pmLoading…
Sen. Rick Ripley, R-Augusta

Sen. Rick Ripley, R-Augusta

Ripley

January 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Bill would make video line games legal in Montana

Bill would make video line games legal in Montana

HELENA — A bill introduced Tuesday would add "video line games" — which appear to resemble video slot machines games with multiple rows and columns — to the forms of legalized electronic gambling in Montana.

February 15, 2011 7:47 pmLoading…

Fears over bison lead to several more Montana bills

HELENA  Growing fears that wild bison will be increasingly moved to new locations in the state — on both public and private land — are leading ranchers and others to ask the Legislature for more restrictions on the divisive animal.

January 27, 2011 7:20 pmLoading…
Sen. Rick Ripley, R-Wolf Creek

Sen. Rick Ripley, R-Wolf Creek

Ripley

January 19, 2011 11:10 pmLoading…

2011 legislative session begins Monday, many bills target fish, wildlife, hunting

Rep. Doug Kary of Billings has introduced into the 2011 Montana Legislature what he thinks is a pretty simple bill - one that would allow hunters to drive onto public lands with an official escort between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to retrieve downed game.

January 02, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

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