Morning Buzz 3/1: News from the 62nd Legislature

Posted on March 1, 2011

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The Buzz and most legislators are on the road today, heading back to Helena for the session’s second half.  The House and Senate meet late this afternoon for formality’s sake, but the real work resumes tomorrow. The Capitol press corps spent much of the break analyzing the first half, and you can find most of those stories in recent editions of the Buzz.

Meanwhile, the editorial pages and blogs are humming with reaction. We recommend you sample the robust brew at Intelligent Discontent, Electric City Weblog and 4&20 Blackbirds.

Check out the Billings Gazette’s call for lawmakers to disclose their participation in the state health insurance plan, a hot topic considering the debate over federal health care.

The Great Falls Tribune features commentary from the president of the Great Falls Education Association on the potential effects of cutting the governor’s education budget.

The Missoulian is carrying a guest column from State Auditor Monica Lindeen, urging legislators to back a series of bills to promote access to health care.

The Montana Standard features a trio of guest columns protesting the MSTI transmission line and the rhetoric against government employees and offering the state Chamber of Commerce’s view of the session so far.

The Helena Independent Record notes the irony of some legislators’ frustration with federal mandates and their support for overturning local ordinances enacted by cities.

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