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Montana Lawmakers Clash Over State Revenue Estimate

Mar 23, 2015
Montana Legislature

Lawmakers are considering whether to increase the amount of revenue the state of Montana is projected to collect in taxes and fees over the coming three years.

The revenue estimate is an important number for lawmakers to consider as they craft the state budget and consider tax cuts for the coming two years.

The proposed figure is the latest compromise.

The Montana House is considering whether hunters should be allowed to use rifles fitted with sound suppressors, a move that’s favored by hunting organizations but opposed by game wardens.

Suppressors are not the silencers we often see in movies but they do cut down the sound, or “report” from a hunting rifle. Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association says suppressors are allowed in 34 other states because they help protect a hunter’s hearing, in situations where it’s not practical to wear earplugs or earmuffs.

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A new study says that the youth suicide rate in rural America is growing, compared to the number of youth suicides in cities.

Ryan White wrote about the study for the website Reporting on Health.  He is a contributing editor at the website. White talked to MTPR News Director Eric Whitney about a new study in JAMA Pediatrics that shows youth suicide rates are twice as high in rural counties as in cities.

 

A Glacier National Park ranger shot and killed a mountain lion this weekend as it fought with a park employee's dog.

The dog took a beating, but expected to fully recover,  after tangling with the big cat late Saturday afternoon.

William Marcus

The issue of health care was in play again today in the Montana Legislature. On the day when three Republican health-care proposals were voted down on the floor of the Montana House, yet another proposal got its first hearing in the Senate Health Committee.

UM Warns Of Hantavirus In Missoula County

Mar 20, 2015
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The University of Montana says it’s been notified of a case of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Missoula County. Hantavirus can cause severe respiratory symptoms and death. The University says that it’s been in contact with county and state offices of public health. At this time neither Missoula county nor the state are confirming the Hantavirus infection.

Scholarships For In-State Students On Mondays Legislative Agenda

Mar 20, 2015
William Marcus

Montana Legislators will hear a bill Monday that would create scholarships for students going to college for science, technology, engineering, math or health care. House Bill 617 would give a $1,000 scholarship for in-state college students’ first year, doubling it for the second.

Lawmakers Consider Police Body Camera Study

Mar 20, 2015
William Marcus

Today at the Montana Legislature, the House Judiciary Committee heard a request to study the use of body cameras on police officers statewide.

The Montana Police Protective Association supports the study, but has concerns that police body cam use post-Ferguson is far too unregulated and has led to confusion.

Mark Murphy of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police agrees.

“Government has no right to privacy, but everybody that we deal with does have a right to privacy.”

Eliza Wiley

On this episode of "Capitol Talk": The House passed a budget on a party-line vote after shutting down every Democratic amendment. "It was very acrimonious and quite a contrast from two years ago when the budget bill passed the House by a 100 to nothing margin," Chuck Johnson says.

Public Intoxication Bill Dies In House Committee

Mar 20, 2015
Rep. Carolyn Pease-Lopez
Montana Legislature

A bill intended to deal with public intoxication appears to have died in a House committee. It was brought on behalf of the City of Billings. The bill was killed despite unanimous support for several amendments that sought to clarify its intent.

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