Morning Buzz 3/15: News From the 62nd Legislature

Posted on March 15, 2011


Medical marijuana was the top news yesterday, both at the Capitol and across the state. As Charles Johnson, of the Lee State Bureau, was reporting the stall of a repeal bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday morning, federal agents were raiding at least 10 medical marijuana operations and seizing plants and other property under sealed search warrants,according to the Associated Press and John S. Adams, of the Great Falls Tribune.

Angela Brandt, of the Independent Record, also reported on the raids.

The GOP school funding plan was also heard Monday. The Lee bureau’s Mike Dennison reported on the mixed reception it got from school officials and on the House’s move to cut $28 million from public education.

Dennison also reported on a change in federal tax law that will cost the state $20 million in revenue.

Johnson also reported on the hearing of the bill aimed at stopping local governments from adding classes of people to the Montana Human Rights Act.

Adams had an additional story on a report that showed Republicans taking federal farm subsidies while voting to turn away federal money for state programs.

Top hearings

Abolition of the death penalty will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 137

A complete list of hearings can be found here.

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