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Federal judge permanently blocks Montana law attempting to police campaign attacks

HELENA — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Montana officials from enforcing a state law to regulate campaign attacks — but officials have said they had no intention of enforcing it.

February 11, 2014 5:45 pmLoading…
Target of 'dark money' investigation fires back with lawsuit on venue

Target of 'dark money' investigation fires back with lawsuit on venue

HELENA — A target of an investigation into political “dark money” groups in Montana has fired back with a lawsuit, accusing the state’s top political cop of taking procedural steps that violate the law.

January 21, 2014 8:29 pmLoading…
Montana House supports 2 proposed election referendums

Montana House supports 2 proposed election referendums

HELENA — After lengthy debates, the House on Tuesday endorsed two proposed referendums dealing with elections.

April 16, 2013 6:19 pm Related Loading…
Demos, GOP continue to tangle over procedural blowup

Demos, GOP continue to tangle over procedural blowup

HELENA — Senate Democrats accused Republicans Saturday of trampling their legal rights during a tumultuous standoff at the Legislature the previous day, but GOP leaders insisted they had operated fully within the law and rules.

April 06, 2013 6:25 pm Video Related Loading…
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…

Guest opinion: 30-day registration cutoff would keep many Montanans from voting

Western Native Voice has watched House Bill 30, short title "An Act Revising the Close of Late Voter Registration" with growing alarm.

March 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana needs more wolf hunting, trapping

As members of the Montana House of Representatives, it’s our job to find areas where different sides can come together, and provide common-sense Montana solutions.

February 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

HELENA — Three “school choice” bills that use state funds or tax credits to help finance private or charter schools passed out of legislative committees Wednesday on mostly party line votes, with Democrats solidly opposed.

February 06, 2013 6:54 pm Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Bill would stop waste of counties’ time, money

The 2013 Legislature ought allow counties’ “permanent” absentee voter lists to really be permanent.

February 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
House OKs bill to end same-day voter registration

House OKs bill to end same-day voter registration

HELENA — House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday to end same-day voter registration and cut off registration at 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.

January 31, 2013 6:14 pm Related Loading…
Rep. Ted Washburn, R-Bozeman

Rep. Ted Washburn, R-Bozeman

Washburn

January 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Silencer bill opposed by sporting groups

Silencer bill opposed by sporting groups

A bill that would allow sound suppressors on weapons used when hunting wolves and mountain lions was met with resistance from sporting groups during a House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee hearing on Tuesday.

January 30, 2013 1:07 pmLoading…
Houndsmen support bear hunting, oppose lion trapping

Houndsmen support bear hunting, oppose lion trapping

Houndsmen turned out in force Tuesday to oppose a bill that would allow trapping of mountain lions and support one that would allow the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to authorize hunting black bears with hounds.

January 22, 2013 5:03 pm Related Loading…
Bowhunting, other hunting groups oppose allowing lighted 'nocks’ on arrows

Bowhunting, other hunting groups oppose allowing lighted 'nocks’ on arrows

HELENA — State lawmakers should reject a bill allowing bowhunters to use lighted nocks on their arrows because it violates the “primitive nature” of the sport, spokesmen for bowhunting and other hunting groups said Tuesday.

January 15, 2013 11:45 pm Related Loading…
Big turnout against bill to end Election Day voter registration

Big turnout against bill to end Election Day voter registration

HELENA — A bill to end voter registration on the Friday before Election Day drew widespread opposition Monday from the state’s chief election official and groups representing Indians, disabled people, women, seniors, union members and others.

January 14, 2013 12:50 pm Related Loading…
FWP seeks expansion of wolf hunting, trapping

FWP seeks expansion of wolf hunting, trapping

HELENA — State wildlife officials asked lawmakers Thursday to make it easier to hunt and trap wolves in Montana, while a Bozeman legislator backed off a proposal to cap the population at 250 of the predators.

January 10, 2013 12:49 pmLoading…

GOP primary voters favoring return of past leaders

HELENA — Former House Speaker Scott Sales of Bozeman cleared his Republican primary, paving the way for his return to the Legislature, but the GOP's legislative incumbents faced mixed results after Tuesday's vote.

June 06, 2012 6:00 pmLoading…

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…

House OKs raise in optional park fee

HELENA — The House on Thursday voted to raise the optional fee from $4 to $6 per light vehicle annually to pay for the state parks, fishing access sites and Virginia and Nevada cites.

March 03, 2011 6:15 pmLoading…

Offtrail: Too many elk, too few permits, what to do?

When it comes to elk in Montana there seems to be no happy medium. While some people in the western part of the state are crying foul over the drop in certain elk populations, some in northeastern Montana are angry because there are too many.

February 20, 2011 12:10 amLoading…

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