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Montana fails to retain decades of emails despite open government law

January 2, 2017View for printing

Not a single email is stored in the state archives, even though Montana leaders have used them to conduct state business for decades and state law requires emails of importance to be preserved.

The mass and routine deletion of emails gained attention in campaigns nationwide this fall. In Montana, Republicans centered attacks on the realization that no emails existed from Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock's term as attorney general. But the problem is more widespread.


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