Morning Buzz 3/4: News From the 62nd Legislature

Posted on March 4, 2011


Republicans held their ground on budget cuts Thursday, so far refusing to back fill any cuts made to health and human services in the first half of the session reported Mike Dennison, of the Lee State Bureau. Associated Press writer Matt Volz also wrote about the cuts. Dennison also wrote about federal law keeping state prescription-drug payouts secret.

Charles Johnson, also of the bureau, reported on Gov. Brian Schweitzer meeting with GOP Leaders to talk over revenue estimates, work comp and eminent domain. Associated Press writer Stephen Dockery, wrote about the meeting as well.

Johnson also reported on an increase to the optional vehicle fee for state parks and U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg criticizing U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for voting against a balanced federal budget.

The AP also reported on the rejection of a plan to make judiciary races partisan.

Karl Puckett, of the Great Falls Tribune, wrote about the progress of the session’s major eminent domain bill.

Top Hearings

The budget will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 102.

Allowing for non-brewery growler sale will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 172.

A resolution to affirm the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 137.

Revising the Montana Aquatic Invasive Species Act will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 317.

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

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