Morning Buzz 3/28: News From the 62nd Session

Posted on March 28, 2011

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After threats of a lawsuit and the drafting of a failed bill, the names of all the legislators who receive state health insurance were released late last week and Mike Dennison, of the Lee State Bureau, broke the story on it. And here’s the list.

Dennison also wrote up a comprehensive overview of where the budget is at, and where it most likely needs to be for Gov. Brian Schweitzer to sign it, with a list of the major GOP cuts.

Charles Johnson, also of the bureau, covered a failed move to repeal medical marijuana and summed up the remaining options for making changes to the 2004 law.

Associated Press writer Stephen Dockery wrote about the remaining reform bill on Firday.

Johnson also wrote about the GOP tax break on business equipment gaining ground while Schweitzer’s proposal staid in committee.

John S. Adams, of the Great Falls Tribune, wrote about the progress of a $97.8 million bonding measure and a controversial mining bill.

While the AP looked at an abortion ballot measure and a gun rights expansion.

Top hearings

Revising the Montana Environmental Policy Act will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 172, along with revising metal mine laws.

A bill to give property owners more say in the eminent domain process will be discussed at 10 a.m. in room 102.

Revising laws related to outfitting and net client hunter use will be discussed at 8 a.m. in room 422.

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

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