Morning Buzz 2/11: Session News and Top Hearings

Posted on February 11, 2011

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Montana anglers could have a difficult time accessing ditches under a proposal that was endorsed by the House Thursday, reported Micheal Babcock of the Great Falls Tribune and the Lee Bureau. They also endorsed two bills introduced by Rep. Krayton Kerns, R-Laurel,  that would legalize the use of silencers and expand the places where concealed weapons can be carried. The representatives also endorsed a bill to repeal the state’s medical marijuana law, reported both Charles Johnson of the Lee Bureau and the Associated Press.

The Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly voted to support a bill to end the state’s death penalty and heard testimony on two bills from Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, which would increase the authority of sheriffs. The committee also heard testimony on a proposed ballot initiative that would change elections for the state Supreme Court from a statewide to a district-based race and tabled a bill to set rules for physician-assisted suicide.

Public school programs ranging from those for gifted and talented students to vocational training took a $4 million cut after a party line vote in the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, reports Johnson.

In federal news, Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester introduced a bill to strip federal protections from gray wolves.

Top Hearings

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

  • A senate bill written to revise the medical marijuana law will be heard at 9 a.m. in room 303. Two house bills will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 152.
  • Proposals to reduce or eliminate certain tax credits will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 405.
  • Proposals to modify the Board of Regents and Board of Public Education will be heard at 3 p.m. in room 137.
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