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 By Michael Siebert    News    April 13, 2017

Expanding Hunter Apprentice Program, Air Ambulance Costs

HELENA – A bill making its way through the Montana Legislature would expand a program that the bill’s sponsor says could incentivize new hunters to take hunter’s safety. Senate Bill 218, introduced by Rep. Mark Blasdel, R-Kalispell, allows...

 
 By Michael Siebert    News    April 6, 2017

Constitutional Abortion Amendment, Telemedicine Practices and Filming Tax Incentives Discussed

HELENA -- A bill that could outlaw abortion by defining a fetus at any stage as a person passed the House last week. Introduced by Rep. Derek Skees, House Bill 595 would give Montana voters an option to approve a constitutional amendment that would...

 
 By Michael Siebert    News    March 30, 2017

No Easy Solutions to Montana's Opioid, Heroin Epidemic

Liz Schwartz’s brother overdosed in their parents’ garage after sucking prescription opioids out of a used fentanyl patch. His mother found him on the floor and immediately called an ambulance. He made it to the hospital in time and survived....

 
 By Michael Siebert    News    March 30, 2017

Special Mail Election, Local Control of Seed, Spearfishing and Eating Disorder Treatment Discussed

HELENA -- With the special congressional election quickly approaching, Montana lawmakers heard heated testimony on a bill last week that would allow counties to opt for mail-in ballots. Senate Bill...

 
 By Michael Siebert    News    March 16, 2017

Legislature Back to Business after Special Election Nominations

After uncertainty about how the upcoming special congressional election would change the makeup of the Montana Legislature, the nomination of Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte means it’s back to business as usual at the state...

 

Legislative Roundup - Week 7

HELENA - The Montana Legislature heard emotional testimony a bill last week that would include gender identity and sexual orientation in the state’s non-discrimination laws. Introduced by Rep. Kelly McCarthy, D-Billings, House Bill 417 would add...

 

Lawmakers Grapple with Tough Issues

HELENA -- A bill that would have abolished the death penalty in Montana was narrowly voted down in committee last week on a 9-10 vote. House Bill 366, sponsored by Rep. Adam Hertz, R-Missoula, would have replaced a death sentence with life...

 

Bill Would Give Montanans Public Land Access Through Private Lands

HELENA - Members of the Montana House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee heard a bill last week that would require landowners to allow anyone access through their land in order to reach nearby public lands. Introduced by Rep. Tom Jacobson, D-Great Fa...

 

Bill Would Help Patients Slapped with Big Air Ambulance Bills

SEELEY LAKE - Montanans who paid exorbitant costs for life flight services not covered by insurance testified at the Montana Legislature last week for a bill that would eliminate these costs. Senate Bill 44 would remove the burden of cost for...

 

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