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HELENA — The Senate renewed the term of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission’s vice chairman after refusing his appointment at the beginning of the week.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer over the winter reappointed Dan Vermillion, a fishing guide from Livingston who taught President Barack Obama how to fly-fish.

Lawmakers on Thursday accepted Vermillion’s appointment on a 27-23 vote on their last day.

Those opposing the appointment vented plenty of anger at the department.

Several senators say they will oppose any reconfirmation bid to the commission because they believe the department has been poorly run.

Supporters of Vermillion’s confirmation said he works to resolve some of the conflict around the department.

The commission is comprised of representatives from five geographical districts who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Legislature passes concealed carry bill

HELENA — Lawmakers have passed a gun-rights bill that allows concealed carry without a permit in Montana cities.

The bill cleared the Legislature on Thursday, the last day of the session, and will now head to Gov. Brian Schweitzer for his approval or veto.

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House Bill 271, carried by gun-rights advocate Rep. Krayton Kerns, would allow anyone to carry concealed without a permit in a city if they already meet the permit qualifications.

It is currently legal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in most parts of the state, but not in urban areas.

Kern’s considers the concealed carry bill the most important measure of the session for gun advocates.

Also Thursday, a bill to allow gun silencers when hunting failed to pass the House.

— From Gazette news services

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