Morning Buzz 2/15: Session News and Top Hearings

Posted on February 15, 2011


The Associated Press had stories about  federal legislation to defund protection for wolves, the GOP bringing more social issue bills to the Legislature, lawmakers and lobbyists working to undue term limits, and the Senate endorsing abolition of the death penalty.

Charles Johnson, of the Lee Bureau, reported on a pair of bills to give tax breaks to parents who send their kids to private schools.

Mike Dennison, also of the bureau, had stories on a bill to mandate counseling before divorce, and a Democratic bill to require special permits for the “megaloads.”

Alana Listoe, of the Independent Record, reported on a bill to allow parents to choose if they opt out of sex ed.

The Independent Record also reported that the Montana Tea Party state convention will be held Feb. 18-19 in Helena, and told of a brief power outage at the Capitol Monday morning.

Top Hearings

Medical Marijuana

The cost of medical marijuana repeal will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 102.


Prohibit immigration sanctuary policies by local governments will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 137.

National Monuments

Resolution opposing designation of national monuments without state’s consent will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 335.

Eminent Domain

Providing the state power of eminent domain over federal land will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 317.

A full list of hearings can be found here.

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