Morning Buzz 2/14: Session News and Top Hearings

Posted on February 14, 2011

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With halftime drawing down on the Legislature next week, the schedule has picked up. Here’s the Lee Bureau’s highlights for the week.

In a 53-47 vote on Friday the House defeated a measure requiring women have the results of an ultrasound described to them before getting an abortion, reported Stephen Dockery of the Associated Press. Matt Gouras, of the AP, reported on U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s Friday address to the state Legislature. And the AP also had a story on a Republican terrorism consultant filing to run for Montana governor in 2012.

Charles Johnson, of the Lee Bureau, reported on a surprising turn in medical marijuana debate when Sen. Dave Lewis presented a revision of his reform bill Friday, one rewritten by growers. Johnson also wrote a column about the ongoing debate.

Mike Dennison, also of the bureau, had a story on the progress GOP nullification efforts. He also reported on U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg’s nullification language in his address to the state Legislature.

Top Hearings

Workers’ Comp

The House bill for workers’ compensation reform will be discussed in the appropriations committee at 3 p.m. in room 102.

Education

Defining the scope and boundaries of human sexuality/reproduction education in K-12 public schools will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 137.

Providing funds for school choice and home schooling will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 152.

Abortion

Amending the Montana Constitution to define what a person is will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 137.

Term Limits

Repealing the term limits for state senators and state representatives by vote of the people will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 455, along with a revision of term limits.

Clarifying laws relating to term limits will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 335.

A full list of today’s hearings can be found here.

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