Morning Buzz 2/21: Session News and Top Hearings

Posted on February 21, 2011


There was no shortage of news over the weekend as the Legislature heads toward the deadline for general bills to pass from one house to another.

The Associated Press had stories on the passage of a bill to nullify the Endangered Species Act, right-to-die legislation, the medical marijuana debate, and the death of a bill that would allow guns on school grounds.

The Lee State Bureau also had a number of stories. Mike Dennison reported on the cutting of Healthy Montana Kids’ budget to fund Medicaid, the death of a bill that would criminalize refusing to give an officer a breath sample, a move to privatize the state veterans’ home in Columbia Falls, and a vote to block the creation of a state health insurance exchange.

Charles Johnson, of the bureau, had stories about competing bills to expand or limit human rights, and the endorsement of medical marijuana repeal.

The bureau also had stories on a measure to override of Missoula County’s initiative to make marijuana law enforcement’s lowest priority, Gov. Brian Schweitzer announcing board and council appointments, and also a list of upcoming hearings for the week.

Sanjay Talwani, of the Independent Record, reported on a nationally syndicated radio show visiting the Montana Tea Party convention on Friday in Helena.

And John S. Adams had a story about the annual Cascade County Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner.

Top Hearings

A measure to shorten the amount of time convicts have to serve before they are eligible for parole will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 303.

Health Care

A resolution declaring the federal health care reform unconstitutional will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 102.

Road Kill

A bill to shift the cost of road kill cleanup to the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department at 10 a.m. in room 422.

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