Morning Buzz 2/17: Session News and Top Hearings

Posted on February 17, 2011

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The Associated Press reported on Republican plans to reform environmental law, the progress of a pro-landowner eminent domain reform bill, and the hemming in and endorsement of a ‘Sheriffs First’ measure. AP also reported on the progress of a plan to make it easier for police to catch drunken drivers and on a fresh batch of gun bills.

Charles Johnson, of the Lee Bureau, reported on criticism of a bill to change public employee pensions, a group mounting a medical marijuana repeal ad campaign, Walter Schweitzer leaving the state auditor’s office, and Democrats releasing their own revenue estimates.

Mike Dennison, with the Lee Bureau, reported on an exchange between Budget Director David Ewer and Republicans on a budget panel over whether there was money  to cover an $80 million increase in Medicaid costs. He also wrote about a push to release the names of lawmakers who use state health care insurance.

John S. Adams, of the Great Falls tribune reported on the measure as well.

Sanjay Talwani, of the Independent Record, wrote about a bonding measure for new state buildings.

Alana Listoe, also with the record, followed up on the progress of a sex ed bill.

And Eve Byron, of the record, wrote about Gov. Brian Schweitzer calling for packs of wolves to be killed in the Bitterroot Valley.

Top Hearings

Abortion

Letting voters choose if they want to amend the constitution to specify no right to abortion will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 137

Judges

Allowing political parties to support or oppose judgeship candidates will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 455.

DUI

Criminalizing refusal of breath tests will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 317.

Breweries

Changing the serving hours of breweries will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 422.

A full list of hearings can be found here.

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