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2009 Montana Legislature News


Montana Chamber Releases Legislative Scorecard:


Shows “Business Scores” for all Legislators and the Governor Today the Montana Chamber of Commerce released its 2009 Voting Review of the 61st Legislative Session. The review is the most comprehensive ...


Montana Legislators End Session with Mixed Results for TBED (Technology Based Economic Development):


The Montana Legislature adjourned last week after passing an $8 billion biennial budget for FY10 and FY11. The state Department of Commerce was allocated $74.9 million over the biennium, $1.7 million ...


Governor Schweitzer Says Overall Successful 2009 Session:


Governor Brian Schweitzer http://governor.mt.gov/ today commended legislators for their hard work during the session and applauded the efforts made to keep money in the bank and still invest in some ...


School funding should be top priority in Montana but stimulus money should not be used.:


In the waning days of the Legislature, elected officials are tackling some of the most important — and contentious — tasks they face all session: setting the budget for the next two years, and determining ...


Higher education funding paradox in Montana:


Tensions have thickened over the past two weeks as Gov. Brian Schweitzer and University of Montana President George Dennison have publicly expressed their disappointment in each other’s approaches ...


Montana Governor, universities remain at odds:


The ongoing verbal jousting match between Montana's universities and Gov. Brian Schweitzer over funding for higher education in the next two years intensified Friday, with the governor cautioning ...


Changes to rules on green energy draw ire:


The 2009 Legislature has been changing Montana's landmark laws that encourage production of renewable power, such as wind, solar and geothermal - and some of those changes are under fire by ...


Montana Legislative panel shifts stimulus ed money:


Critics said Republican changes Wednesday to stimulus spending plans shortchange Montana schools, while supporters said they are necessary to make sure the state doesn't spend too much money. The state ...


Critics say private dinner skirted Montana's lobby laws:


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 ...


Efficiency an underused energy resource in Montana:


As Montanans and all Americans struggle with the dual challenge of an economy and an environment deep in distress, they are looking for solutions that will improve the health of both. They are also ...


Small Business Provisions in the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009:


Many thanks to Sen. Baucus http://baucus.senate.gov/ for providing this information: http://www.matr.net/files/ARRASmBiz.pdf *** Senator Baucus' Staff Holding Workshops Across Montana to Help ...


Senator Baucus' Staff Holding Workshops Across Montana to Help Business Make the Most of the Jobs Bill :


Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus http://baucus.senate.gov/ is dispatching key staff, from Washington D.C. and Montana, to hold seven workshops across the state this month to ensure Montana's small ...
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Quick Facts and Contacts for Information on the Jobs Bill and Its Impact on Montana :


Sen. Baucus http://baucus.senate.gov/ provides a comprehensive listing of the stimulus payments coming to Montana and who you can contact for more info. http://www.matr.net/files/ARRAHandout.pdf *** Small ...


J.J. Adams, Aide for Sen. Baucus breaks down Montana's stimulus package:


An aide for Sen. Max Baucus http://baucus.senate.gov/ on the Senate Finance Committee talked a room full of business leaders through the recently passed stimulus package, breaking down the various ...


Is Stimulus Money for Montana Liquor Warehouse Well Spent?:


ProPublica has been tracking how billions in federal stimulus funds will be spent in each state and takes a closer look at Montana’s plan to use about $3.4 million to renovate its liquor warehouse ...


Schweitzer Administration Introduces Stimulus Plan:


Lawmakers got their first look Wednesday at the governor's plan for Montana's federal stimulus money and were told they will have discretion with more than a third of it. Gov. Brian Schweitzer's budget ...


CEO Bob Rowe: NorthWestern Energy committed to renewable energy:


NorthWestern Energy http://www.northwesternenergy.com/ strongly supports the development of renewable energy in Montana. We back up that commitment with actions and results. Advertisement Over ...
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Secretary McCulloch Encourages Montanans to Contact Legislature:


As the Legislature embarks on the second half of the 2009 Legislative Session, the state's chief elections official would like to remind the public that a true democracy reflects the will of the people. ...


Some states picking economy over environment regs:


The call for economic stimulus is having an unintended side effect in places like Montana, where environmental protections are on the verge of being repealed in the name of jobs. One bill gets straight ...


Put an end to petty partisanship:


Oh, we were so close. So close to a civil discourse all the way through the 2009 Legislature. So close to a full session that all Montanans could be proud of. So close to refraining from the harsh, ...


Governor Schweitzer says he would like fast-tracking of stimulus:


Gov. Brian Schweitzer http://governor.mt.gov/ said Wednesday he hopes the Legislature can move quickly to approve economic stimulus spending on jobs projects, and not wait until the end of the legislative ...


Montanans Contacting Legislators in Greater Numbers:


Montanans inundated a legislative message center with calls this month, a sign that more and more citizens are actively participating in the legislative process. In the first half of the 2009 session, ...


The Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) - Several key Montana economic development programs are facing either total elimination or funding cuts in this legislative session. Your support is encouraged.:


Several of our key economic development programs are facing either total elimination or funding cuts. Please contact your legislators and especially members of the House Appropriations Committee ...


Mr. Jennings goes to Helena:


One of the reasons Ryan Jennings came to Montana was to hunt and fish, which he has been able to do with special permits that accommodate people with disabilities. What came next proved to be a months-long ...


State Legislature won't fund Bitterroot Valley Community College:


“These are the statutes and these are the laws of this state and we have followed everything by the letter,” Rogala said. “What does it say about the education system in general that they are not willing ...
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Small Montana wind energy producers take on NorthWestern - HB491:


In the minds of the public, Montana is awash in wind-power projects — but a group of small power-producers says it’s not so, and is pushing legislation it says will help make perception become reality. “(Montana ...


Bitterroot Valley Community College plan goes before Legislature:


“If you build it they will come.” The community college debate brought its show to the Capitol on Wednesday in a late-in-the-game chance for Ravalli County residents to voice support for a ...


Ravalli County-based educational projects - Community college, MAPS go to Legislature:


Two separate Ravalli County-based educational projects face their first tests before the 2009 Montana Legislature in Wednesday hearings that will go a long way toward determining their fates. Both ...


Monday is Climate Change Awareness Day at Montana Legislature :


Democratic legislators will mark Climate Change Awareness Day today, Feb. 2, in the Montana House of Representatives. “Climate change is real and the pace of change is quickening,” said Rep. ...


Montana Governor Schweitzer and Sen. Ron Erickson back mileage rules:


A Democratic legislator and the governor's office say Montana should follow in California's footsteps by adopting stricter fuel efficiency standards for some cars and trucks. "We ought to be concerned ...

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