Morning Buzz 2/7: Session News and Top Hearings

Posted on February 7, 2011


Mike Dennison, of the Lee Bureau, took a hard look at the GOP’s efforts to scale back conservation and renewable power incentives. He also reported on U.S. military officers advising the Legislature on the importance of renewable energy to national security.

In other energy news, John S. Adams, of the Great Falls Tribune, reported on a move to add “economically productive” to the guarantee of a “clean and healthful environment” in the Montana Constitution. And Associated Press writer Matt Gouras reported the advance of an eminent domain bill that would give new life to the high-voltage Montana Alberta Tie Line.

Other bills on the move, as reported by Charles Johnson, of the Lee Bureau, would  repeal for medical marijuana and require an ultrasound before an abortion.

New bills to make news last Friday were Rep. James Knox’s attempt to re-insert an exception into an the Open Meeting Act, and Rep. Wendy Warburton’s Home Guard bill.

On tap for this week is assisted suicide, more medical marijuana debate and further attempts to block health care reform, among other things the bureau reported.

On the national level, Johnson has three stories on the upcoming showdown between U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in the 2012 election for Tester’s seat. One detailed Tester’s battle plans, another talked about Rehberg’s announcement, and the last is on why he chose to run.

Top Hearing’s



Legislation to split legislative sessions into budget and general sessions will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 455 and a measure to validate the residency of political candidates. A bill  to “eliminate the misapplication of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution” will be discussed at  3 p.m. in room 392.

Health Care

A bill to block state efforts related to federal health care reform will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 152.

Click here for a look at all of today’s scheduled House and Senate hearings.

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