Morning Buzz 3/9: News From the 62nd Legislature

Posted on March 9, 2011

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“Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs,” the Legislature’s mantra is beginning to make lawmakers sound like employment-bent Cookie Monsters so Mike Dennison, of the Lee State Bureau, looked at what the two parties say are their jobs bills and how they would get Montanans back to work.

Dennison also reported on a proposal to increase the tobacco tax.

Charles Johnson, also of the bureau, reported on easily the most crowded hearing of the year, a measure to define and exempt ditches from public access.

The measure drew more fired-up fishers than people on both sides in any of the medical marijuana hearings and was also reported on by Stephen Dockery of the Associated Press.

Dockery also reported on a House committee deciding the use of the term ‘Obamacare’ is disrespectful and will no longer be tolerated.

The AP also wrote about Gov. Brian Schweitzer proposing heard thinning of Yellowstone Bison in side the park.

John S. Adams, of the Great Falls Tribune, wrote a bout the hearing for a measure to nullify the Endangered Species Act.

Top hearings

Wolves

Am interstate wolf management compact will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 102.

Health care

Requiring legislative action to apply for a grant under the new federal health care reform law and revising the calculation of physician reimbursement for Medicaid services will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 152.

Allowing people to purchase out-of-state health insurance will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 102.

A Constitutional amendment to mandate freedom to choose health insurance will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 317.

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

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