Morning Buzz 2/8: Session News and Top Hearings

Posted on February 8, 2011

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Monday’s most controversial bill came from Rep. James Knox, R-Billings, which seeks to deny state citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, according to Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette.

The Associated Press had stories on  judge approving a coal prospecting plan for the state-owned Otter Creek tracts near Ashland, and the state Senate endorsed a measure to adopt the “Code of the West” as Montana’s code.

Also, Matt Gouras, of the AP, talked with Gov. Brian Schweitzer about possible vetos, and the AP’s Stephen Dockery wrote about a measure for more investigation of a political candidate’s residency status.

Charles S. Johnson, of the Lee Bureau, reported that  U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg R-Mont. spoke against wolves, federal spending and the Obama administration in his address to the state Legislature Monday. Johnson also wrote about a $90 million bonding measure that would help pay for a new state history museum, among other things.

Top Hearings

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

Death Penalty

Abolishing the death penalty and replacing it with life in prison without parole will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 303.

Federal Nullification

Prohibiting the infringement of constitutional right to nullify certain federal regulations will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 137.

Medicaid

Eliminating Department of Health and Human Services’ reduction of Medicaid physicain reimbursment rate will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 102.

State Government

A proposed constitutional referendum to permit annual sessions will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 405.

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