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Critics say private dinner skirted Montana's lobby laws

March 24, 2009View for printing

An unusual private dinner shared by most of a Senate committee and biotech giant Monsanto has led to talk that unfair tactics avoided by even the most seasoned Montana lobbyists are being used by groups that slip through the state's lobbying laws.

The controversy has sprouted over a bill that would set rules for how seed samples are taken from farmers' land for patent enforcement by companies such as Monsanto. On Tuesday, a Senate committee is scheduled to vote on a measure that has already passed the House on a 57-43 vote.

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