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“Sine Die!”, declared Representative Brad Tschida, with that the 67th session of the Montana Legislature ended at about five P.M. Thursday, April 29th.

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Legislators and lobbyists have packed up and headed out of Helena, but the work of the 67th Montana Legislature is not yet complete. Governor Greg Gianforte has up to ten business days to sign, veto or ignore the bills that have reached his desk to determine the full fate of the session.

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This past week didn’t start until Tuesday, caused by the controversies noted in last week’s report, ie. Virus, judges, etc. Nonetheless, it turned out to be a productive week, with the Governor signing some important legislation into law: HB 163 expanding the Fish and Game Commission to seve…

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The legislature ended Easter week on Thursday afternoon, so we scurried home for a quick and appreciated couple of days at home. I got to enjoy a little wheat and pea planting, Easter Sunday services and catch a few fish at the lake before being Helena bound on Monday. My thanks to son Brett…

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Fifty-five legislative days of the 67th Montana Legislature are now in the history books. As a result of unprecedented amounts of Federal $ and Executive orders, this Legislature and Governor, is faced with decisions that will have momentous implications for generations to come. I would be r…

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This is a bit of a catch- up issue since I was loafing during the transmittal break.

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FMC, INC is run by a board whose board members are pulled from the members of the Corporation.

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As we review the official first half of the Montana Legislative session, it’s safe to say the session is looking good for Montana agriculture. Of the 3,357 total bill draft requests, 1,121 have been formally introduced. Montana Farm Bureau has taken a stance and lobbied for or against 60 of …

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Working day 45 is fast approaching and the pace is picking up. It appears likely transmittal break will begin after session on Tuesday the 2nd. We will have the opportunity to dash home for a short break and be back in session March 8th.

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Welcome to week 6 from the 67th session of the Montana House of Representatives.

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The pace at the State Legislature continues to be a bit slower than it has traditionally been.

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For your consideration, please find the attached opinion piece by the Montana Association of Clerk & Recorders and Election Administrators regarding the upcoming November 3 Presidential Election.

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Let’s just admit it: 2020 has been a real challenge. It all seemed to happen right around the time when we reset clocks in mid-March. Now, as we prepare for the end of daylight saving time in early November, and after recently spending some valuable time away, I’ve found a renewed energy, po…

Based on a couple of recent experiences, I would like to caution anyone seeking an audience with the Fallon County Commissioners to understand that they should expect no assurance of privacy or discretion in how the conversation is reported in the meeting minutes. The level of irrelevant, tr…