This is the first installment of a three-part series examining the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole, whose procedures are being scrutinized by a legislative committee.
HELENA — Montana’s parole board, which decides the fate of hundreds of state prison inmates each year, will be getting a hard look from the Legislature on its possible role in overcrowding Montana’s prison cells.
Last year, Montana’s Child and Family Service Division completed 8,060 investigations of child abuse and neglect reports involving 11,835 children. Abuse or neglect was substantiated in 2,037 investigations, including:
HELENA — A bill to phase out the Montana Developmental Center was revived Wednesday after being “blasted” from a committee where it had been tabled and thought to be dead.
HELENA — Attorney General Tim Fox and others backed a bill Monday to close a loophole preventing law enforcement officials from obtaining DNA samples from sexual and violent offenders who move here from out of state.
HELENA — As new gun laws are considered in the wake of recent mass shootings, the debate over such proposals in Montana is ramping up.
Citing a concern that transplanting bighorn sheep to new areas in Montana adds to competition for livestock producers, Sen. Terry Murphy, R-Caldwell, defended his bill before the Senate Fish and Game Committee on Thursday to put more restrictions on the transfers.
HELENA — The Republican-controlled Senate is preparing to let Gov. Brian Schweitzer's nomination of Jennifer Hensley, a former Democratic activist and wife of a Democratic senator, as state political practices commissioner, die in committee without a vote.
HELENA — The Montana House on Thursday endorsed a bill that would allow cyanide leaching of ore from new open-pit gold or silver mines in the state, and thus amend a 1998 voter-passed initiative that banned such mines.
HELENA — The Senate Finance Committee will resume deliberation Monday morning on House Bill 2, the major appropriations bill for state government. It meets in Room 317 at 8 a.m.
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HELENA — After sitting through a lengthy hearing Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed until next week its vote on a House-passed bill to repeal the 2004 law that legalized the use of medical marijuana in Montana.
HELENA — Saying the Senate lacks the votes to repeal the state’s medical marijuana law, Judiciary Committee Chairman Terry Murphy, R-Cardwell, said Friday that he’ll appoint a subcommittee to work on a bill to better regulate the industry.
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HELENA — The medical marijuana debate took an unexpected twist Friday as Sen. Dave Lewis unveiled a surprise: a rewritten version of his bill that was prepared by the marijuana growers' association and incorporates features of his and an interim committee's bill.
HELENA — The Senate endorsed a bill Wednesday that would allow a judge to award legal costs to all of those who prevail in right-to-know cases.
HELENA — State Sen. Jim Shockley, ticketed last week for having an open container of alcohol in his car, stepped down Thursday as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
HELENA - Republicans appeared to be seizing substantial majorities in both the Montana House and Senate as they racked up leads in nearly all of the key swing districts around the state.