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2007 Montana Legislature News


Montana Gov. Schweitzer agrees to accountability goals:


The Schweitzer administration says it’s providing “unprecedented detailed information” to state lawmakers, to measure the performance of dozens of government programs. One problem, however: It’s ...


Montana lawmakers get preview of climate change report, emerging technologies:


Lawmakers mulling global warming issues were told that advances in technologies like converting coal to liquid fuel face big hurdles, and the methods for capturing carbon dioxide could result in big ...


Montana earns 'F' for campaign disclosure. Washington State First in Nation:


Montana again received the lowest grade in a survey on access to campaign disclosure information, but officials expect that will soon change as the state unveils a new Internet service. A study released ...


Horse Sense: Golden Rule might be best legislative reform for Montana:


Talk of major legislative reforms in Montana, spurred by the rancorous 2007 session, dominated the two-day Burton K. Wheeler Center http://www.montana.edu/wheeler/ conference in Helena last week. Speakers ...


Burton K. Wheeler Center at Montana State University Conference: Can the Legislature be fixed?:


A contentious and divided Legislature that limped through a historic and bitter collapse can be fixed, leading lawmakers meeting here Monday were told. ... The Burton K. Wheeler Center http://www.montana.edu/wheeler/ ...


Civics 101: Restore public's trust in the legislative process:


More than anything else in a three-hour session, the story told by Jim Keane, a Montana state representative, stirred the interest of his colleagues from 11 legislatures, gathered here for a meeting of ...


Guest column: The quiet sound of government functioning well - :


In politics, good news is no news. The Montana Legislature met in special session earlier this month, and almost no one noticed. The reason: Legislators completed a simple task in a single day. They ...


Wheeler Center gathering will look at Montana's legislative options Oct. 1 - 2 in Helena:


A Montana State University public policy center is sponsoring a conference next month to examine ways to strengthen and improve Montana's legislative process. The conference, sponsored by the Burton ...


"Strengthening Montana's Legislative Process: Ideas for Reform, 10/1-2, Helena:


In 1993, the Wheeler Center http://www.montana.edu/wheeler held a conference on legislative reform, which had a number of productive results. We think now is an appropriate time to hold another such conference, ...


How to repair the Montana Legislature:


We are already hearing announcements by persons of their plans to run for elective office, especially the Montana Legislature and, more specifically, the House of Representative. I think this may ...


The 2009 biennium State of Montana Fiscal Report:


The 2009 biennium Fiscal Report, prepared by the Legislative Fiscal Division (LFD)http://leg.mt.gov/css/fiscal/default.asp , is posted on line. The Fiscal Report summarizes legislative appropriation ...


Lobbying 2007 Montana Legislature cost $6 million, maybe more:


See for yourself Lobbying expense reports for the 2007 Montana Legislature are available online for downloading at: http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/ By CHARLES S. JOHNSON of the Missoulian ...


2007 Montana Legislative School funding wasn’t so dire:


As educators and legislators, we would like to offer our personal perspectives on the school funding efforts of the 2007 Legislature. Our friends and fellow allies for public schools, Alan Nicholson ...


Great Falls officials praise legislative economic development and education efforts:


Area legislators and local economic developers had a mutual appreciation session Thursday. Great Falls Development Authority officials thanked nine area legislators for their pro-jobs efforts at ...


2007 Montana Legislature failed to fund education system again:


When Andrew Jackson was president (1829-1837), the U. S. Supreme Court issued a ruling with which Jackson vociferously disagreed. In response to that decision, President Jackson stated, “The Supreme ...


2007 Montana Legislature missed chance to deal with immigration:


The 2007 Montana Legislature failed to act on immigration legislation, a matter of huge national significance that has not yet become a significant matter in Montana. Montana stands out on the map of ...


Montana Gov. Holds Line Against Tourism Tax Bill:


While the 2007 Montana Legislature is long over, last week the deadline ran out on lawmakers’ chances to override any of Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s vetoes – marking the true end of any legislative politicking ...


Guest column: Public should expect legislators to help collect taxes :


One of the most important responsibilities of being a Montana legislator is to make lasting decisions about how to spend tax dollars to be sure important services like education, health care and safety ...


The 2007 Montana Legislature and Business. Is Montana "Open for Business":


With the legislative session in the history books, let’s take a moment to see how the business community fared. A few positive changes were made for economic development. However, this last legislative ...


Montana Legislature OKs new tax break for wind energy:


Calgary, Alta.,-based Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. last week praised the Montana Legislature for its passage of House Bill 3, a measure intended to help develop "clean and green" energy projects in Montana. MATL ...


2007 Montana Legislative session gives much-needed boost to WorkForce Training program:


Despite highly publicized acrimony and a few notable failures, the 2007 Legislature got many things right, and one of the best was a sizable increase in job training money. The Workforce Training ...


Montana State University Billings chancellor Sexton praises Legislature results:


Legislature came through with tuition freeze, more money for University System As contentious as the 2007 Montana Legislature was, it came through in a big way for college students across the state. Among ...


Montana needs leadership:


Trite but true, an ancient axiom of governing is that the best policy is the best politics. Policies formulated in good faith to foster good government can always be forthrightly defended for what they ...


Montana legislative lobbyist expenditures now available online:


A new online service will help you track who is spending how much to influence state lawmakers. The data is provided by the state Office of Political Practices, which made it available online at http://www.lobbysearch.mt.gov ...


Montana's Economy and University System will benefit by passage of HB830 to bring Deep Computing "Supercomputer" to the State.:


The Montana economy is being offered a wonderful opportunity through HB830 to step into the mainstream of advanced computing that will raise its success in research and development and business excellence ...


Full-time kindergarten debated:


Early development doesn’t end when a child begins kindergarten. And these days, more and more people are pushing to make it full time. Joe McMahon, Eastgate Elementary principal, says that more ...


Don't play games with Montanans' lives:


There'll be no winner in Helena if public winds up disappointed. As Montana legislators enter their final scheduled week of the 2007 session, let us make something clear on behalf of our 940,000-plus ...


Southern rail line off track in Senate:


Funding for a feasibility study for Amtrak passenger rail service on the southern route, which passes through Livingston, died in the Montana Legislature, but the study could be funded by the Montana ...


Politicians say press missing stories from the 2007 Montana Legislative Session:


As Montana's 60th Legislature heads into its final weeks, some of the session's best-kept secrets may be hiding in plain view. Sure, it's been hard to ignore the partisanship and rancor over how to ...


2007 Montana legislature lobbying finances on the Web:


Reports showing what's been spent to lobby the Montana Legislature have been added to information available on the Internet. The information shows what's been spent for lobbyists, lobbying support staff, ...

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