Morning Buzz 3/25: News from the 62nd Legislature

Posted on March 25, 2011

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Charles Johnson, of the Lee State Bureau, wrote about Gov. Brian Schweitzer signing a bill to name part of Capitol after the late Rep. Francis Bardanouve. He also reported that the House’s vote to support funding new university system buildings and a new Montana Historical Society museum, but only if state revenues grow.

Mike Dennison, of the bureau, wrote about the Senate’s move to reconsider the GOP public school-funding proposal after a committee cut its price tag. He also reported on the advance of an eminent domain bill giving landowners more yank in negotiations with buyers.

John S. Adams, of the Great Falls Tribune reported on the tribute to Bardanouve and the GOP’s strategy for avoiding a special session, if Gov. Schweitzer vetoes the budget.

Peter Johnson, also of the Tribune, wrote about bill to allow local governments make decisions to protect land near military facilities.

AP writer Matt Gouras also reported on the eminent domain issue. The AP also had stories about the tabling a bill on state sovereignty, changes to the GOP’s education funding plan, and the House’s deadlock  over a bill to criminalize the hiring of illegal immigrants.

Top hearings

A bill to provide charter schools will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 102.

A bill to allow local governments more authority over protecting land near military facilities will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 405.

The general revision of medical marijuana laws will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 303.

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

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