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Democratic legislators in town to hear what works and what doesn't

Democratic legislators in town to hear what works and what doesn't

A group of state Democratic legislators spent Thursday in the East Billings Urban Renewal District talking about ways to fix blighted neighborhoods.

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Gazette opinion: Students need governor’s signature on SB175

The biggest Montana school funding changes in decades are headed for Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk.

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Gazette opinion: Let’s close the deal to upgrade MSU Billings Science Building

Gazette opinion: Let’s close the deal to upgrade MSU Billings Science Building

The long campaign to replace Montana State University Billings' outdated Science Building got its biggest boost ever this weekend when the House approved a bill that would appropriate $10 million from the general fund toward the $15 million project.

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Gazette opinion: Good bill for safer streets, local control

Montana lawmakers have the opportunity to let local voters decide on improvements for pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

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Guest opinion: Revive HB279 to discourage animal fighting

Montana has the ugly distinction of being the only state in the nation where it’s legal to be a spectator at a dogfight. With the support of The Humane Society of the United States, law enforcement officials, other animal welfare groups and constituents, state lawmakers have been working har…

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Gazette opinion: Strengthen laws to prosecute child abusers

A Hardin woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the death of a 3-year-old foster child who was left alone in a hot car for several hours.

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Legislators briefed on conservation issues

There is a narrative in Montana that only resource extraction jobs create money, and that needs to change, said state Rep. Margie MacDonald, D-Billings.

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Democrats pick up 7 Montana House seats

Democrats pick up 7 Montana House seats

Democrats gained seven seats in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, including two regional pickups.

November 07, 2012 5:01 pm Photos

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Democrats vote for two-party system

Democrats vote for two-party system

Yellowstone County Democrats believe in the two-party system.

November 06, 2012 8:00 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Safe Chemicals Act will arm consumers with information

For the first time in 36 years, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has voted to protect American families from toxic chemicals by passing the Safe Chemicals Act.

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Gazette opinion: Hold 'em strategy doesn't serve state well

A day after the Legislature adjourned its biennial session, House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, still had 51 bills to sign and send to the governor, according to legislative information. Senate President Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, had 22 bills to sign and have delivered to the executive off…

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Cabin lease rewrite sails through House

HELENA — A bill revising how rent is determined for holders of cabin leases on state land was endorsed by the Montana House on Thursday, with supporters saying it will fix an unfair system that is making the leases unaffordable for some.

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Bill approving new open-pit gold mines headed to governor's desk

Bill approving new open-pit gold mines headed to governor's desk

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.

March 31, 2011 4:55 pm Photos

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Ups & Downs

Ups and Downs gives a quick take on news of the week.

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Guest opinion: GOP wrong to refuse funding for women's health care

The Montana House of Representatives debated the state’s budget for the coming two-year biennium on March 11. House Bill 2, by the time it reached the full 100-member body, already contained dozens of harmful reductions critical to the people and families of Montana. While we knew that the e…

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Gazette opinion: House contradicts voters' choice on mail ballot

In November, when Montanans elected representatives to the Legislature and other public offices, the majority of Yellowstone County voters chose to have their ballots mailed to them.

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