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2005 Montana Legislature News


Beyond the Stereotypes, Beyond the Battles, Beyond the Classroom:


John Esp, of Big Timber, Montana, is the type of legislator you’d expect in a rural ranching and mining community: Republican, conservative, and not a big fan of environmental laws that might hinder his ...


Special sessions rarely live up to the name:


With the region still reeling three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) in September began calling lawmakers back to the capital in Jackson for a special session to aid the ...


Montana Legislature December 2005 Special Session Information:




State coffers in Montana not as flush as some think:


For all the talk of a $300 million surplus, Montana's financial health is not as robust as it appears, a trio of speakers told the Montana Taxpayers Association meeting Thursday. "It's not all ...


Hangin' with the Not-So-Technical Crowd - "Can your legislative representative Google?":


August 25, 2005 Opinion: There's a bit of distance between the people who craft legislation that affects technology and the people who use it and rely on it. As summer ends and the fall ...


The Monthly Newsletter of the Montana Legislative Branch Volume XV, No. 3 Helena, Montana August 2005:


THE INTERIM IN THIS ISSUE MONTANA LEGISLATIVE PUBLICATIONS RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION . . . 1 LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMITTEE . . . 2 EDUCATION AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE ... 3 STATE ...


The Montana Interim Legislative Newsletter - July 2005:


The Interim newsletter is published monthly (except during regular legislative sessions) by the Legislative Services Division. The Interim contains articles related to interim committee work, general ...


Montana Business Survives Session - Economy and Business "We dodged the silver bullets" Montana Chamber President Webb Brown:


The 59th Montana Legislature shook Montana's business community with a number of anti-business bills, according to Montana Chamber President Webb Brown. These proposals vastly overshadowed modest gains ...


Lesson Learned During the 59th Montana Legislative Session - “The Business Voice DOES Make a Difference”:


Things always look better after the Legislature goes Sine Die (adjournment) and we’ve had a good night’s sleep. We now have a moment of reprieve to reflect on what worked and why, as well as where we ...


An experiment in government -"Bringing the Legislature to Montanans" videoconferencing of hearings shows promise:


The Montana Legislature is test driving a new way for residents to get involved with state government, and Havre residents had a chance to participate Thursday night. Videoconferencing technology ...
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Sen. Jeff Mangan, Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee announces that committee will use videoconferencing to conduct 6 public hearings in Montana :


Sen. Jeff Mangan, Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, announced that his committee will use videoconferencing to conduct hearings on six bills in late March. "This is an opportunity ...


Lawmaker-blogger keeps constituents up to date:


Rep. Stephen Urquhart has ventured into new territory to keep his constituents up to date on what he's up to. Urquhart is a blogger (Internet jargon for a person who keeps a Web log, or journal). ...


Montana Legislative web site improved - Montanans ignore legislative session at their own peril:


Improvements to the state Legislature's Web site allow users to more easily track the status of bills online than during the 2003 session. The improvements were in response to feedback during the 2003 ...


Vincent recalls last split Legislature:


Twenty years ago the 100-member Montana House of Representatives was split 50-50 between the two parties, and a Democrat held the governor's office. History, it turns out, really does repeat itself. When ...


Montana Lawmakers have no shortage of ideas for bills:


Requests to draft bills for the 2005 Legislature keep are rolling in by the hundreds. As of a key deadline Sunday, legislative bill drafters had received an even 1,800 requests to draft bill, compared ...
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Badbills.com back for 2005 Montana Legislative session:


One proposed bill coming before the 2005 Legislature would require licenses for bicyclists. Another would designate an official "state insect." What they have in common is their designation as "bad ...
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