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After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

The NDO acronym could take on a new form. Call it the “never dies ordinance.”

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Council defeats NDO by 6-5 count

Council defeats NDO by 6-5 count

Saying he doesn’t believe Billings is ready for a nondiscrimination ordinance, Mayor Tom Hanel cast the decisive vote just past 3 a.m. Tuesday to defeat the long-debated measure.

August 12, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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Before it votes on the NDO, Billings City Council must dispense with a plump agenda

Before it votes on the NDO, Billings City Council must dispense with a plump agenda

Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could well be a long one even before council members arrive at the main event.

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Expert panel shares ideas about downtown parking

Expert panel shares ideas about downtown parking

With a new downtown parking structure about to open and the fresh eyes of a brand new parking manager, Tracy Scott, Billings is at what one parking expert called “a watershed moment.”

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Experts, public join to craft a downtown parking plan

Experts, public join to craft a downtown parking plan

New ideas and old challenges were on display Wednesday morning as a visiting panel of parking experts engaged with downtown merchants; advocates for people with disabilities; and workers, shoppers and diners who regularly use downtown parking.

August 07, 2014 1:30 am Photos

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Zachery Lahn is new director of conservative advocacy group

HELENA — Zachary Lahn is the new state director of the Montana chapter of Americans for Prosperity,

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City Council hears more heated discussion over NDO

City Council hears more heated discussion over NDO

Once more, into the fray that has become the extended and often heated public debate over the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, dozens of speakers told the Billings City Council Monday what they thought of the document’s third and final draft.

July 21, 2014 9:37 pm Photos

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Council gets its third go-around with the NDO on Monday

Council gets its third go-around with the NDO on Monday

The Billings City Council will get its third crack at evaluating the language of the proposed nondiscrimination ordinanceduring a work session Monday.

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Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinances can be as good for business as they are for the people whose civil rights they protect.

July 15, 2014 9:04 pm Photos

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If elected, Haynes would open entire state to drilling -- including Yellowstone

If elected, Haynes would open entire state to drilling -- including Yellowstone

If elected Wyoming governor, Republican Taylor Haynes intends to take back federal lands and could open Yellowstone National Park to drilling, grazing and mining, he said.

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Park County Republicans announce straw poll winners, withhold results

Park County Republicans announce straw poll winners, withhold results

The Park County Republican Party will not release the results of a straw poll conducted at its July 7 debate for Wyoming secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction candidates.

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Council hears presentations on new gateway, transportation plan

Council hears presentations on new gateway, transportation plan

In addition to shaping language on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance and learning more about a possible levy for police and fire departments, the Billings City Council heard a pair of reports during Monday’s work session that could also shape the city’s future.

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City to craft 3rd draft of nondiscrimination ordinance after hours of testimony

City to craft 3rd draft of nondiscrimination ordinance after hours of testimony

The Billings City Council wrapped up at 12:07 a.m. on Tuesday after hearing from a long line of residents commenting on 13 proposed changes to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

July 07, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

If the Billings City Council decides to place what’s now being called a Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot, it’s going to have to hear from the public and vote on the matter twice before the end of July.

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Live coverage: Billings City Council discusses the nondiscrimination ordinance

Live coverage: Billings City Council discusses the nondiscrimination ordinance

Follow along live as the Billings City Council discusses a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance during its work session Monday, July 7.

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NDO, other important items on Monday's council agenda

NDO, other important items on Monday's council agenda

In addition to further work on the language of the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, Monday’s Billings City Council work session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at city hall, includes other important considerations:

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Wyoming Gun Owners looks to hold legislative candidates accountable

Wyoming Gun Owners, a Cheyenne-based organization that isn’t afraid to call out Republicans by name for not supporting its views on gun rights, asked legislative candidates whether they will force recorded votes on gun issues, even if their party leadership or colleagues protest.

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Within walking distance: Billings' demographics conducive to mixed-use development

Within walking distance: Billings' demographics conducive to mixed-use development

An increasing number of shoppers in cities in the Rocky Mountain West prefer to live within walking or biking distance of the stores they frequent and the cultural and entertainment destinations they love.

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Plugged restroom pipe floods part of Billings City Hall

Plugged restroom pipe floods part of Billings City Hall

The cleanup continued at City Hall Wednesday morning after water flowed downstairs from a plugged third-floor restroom pipe Monday night.

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Group that went to Sioux Falls last month building a work plan

Group that went to Sioux Falls last month building a work plan

They went to Sioux Falls, S.D., and liked virtually everything they saw.

June 25, 2014 1:30 am Photos

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Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Even as city staff continues using City Council input to revise language in Billings’ proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, the council voted 6-5 Monday to seek an opinion from Attorney General Tim Fox’s office on whether it’s legal for Billings to enact such an ordinance.

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Billings City Council struggles with nondiscrimination ordinance

Billings City Council struggles with nondiscrimination ordinance

The Billings City Council began working on the finer points of a nondiscrimination ordinance Monday, but struggled to progress and even considered putting the issue to a public vote.

June 16, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Billings releases draft of nondiscrimination ordinance

Billings releases draft of nondiscrimination ordinance

One week after an all-night session with the nondiscrimination ordinance, the Billings City Council will wade into the topic again during Monday’s work session.

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Billings City Council votes 7-4 to reopen nondiscrimination ordinance

Billings City Council votes 7-4 to reopen nondiscrimination ordinance

Billings’ nondiscrimination ordinance is right back where it started — on the city council’s agenda for the June 16 work session.

June 10, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Billings City Council set to determine NDO's fate Monday

Billings City Council set to determine NDO's fate Monday

With a vote scheduled on whether to move forward with drafting a nondiscrimination ordinance, Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could be one of the most crowded of the year.

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