Jennifer Fielder

Legislators: Montana Entitled To Money From Public Land Sales

Feb 26, 2015
Montana Legislature

Thursday, the Montana Senate passed a bill to ask the Federal Government to pay up for lands they’ve sold off.

Republican Representative Jennifer Fielder says under the Enabling Act, the Government is supposed to pay the state 5 percent of whatever money it makes selling off public lands. Fielder said they’ve been shirking this duty, costing Montana money intended for schools.

“They’ve really never been asked for this, I think it’s just a small detail that’s been overlooked for a very long time.”

Bill Allows Local Governments To Adopt Public Intoxication Laws

Feb 24, 2015
Josh Burnham

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to give local governments the ability to adopt and enforce a public intoxication law.

Supporters of the bill say the intent of the bill is to get help for people who have frequent contact with law enforcement or other first responders.

The Montana Legislature took a step toward ratifying the state’s final outstanding water compact this morning, with a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The compact involving the federal government and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes has drawn more heated debate than any issue except perhaps Medicaid expansion. 

Prohibition On Federal Land Sales Dies In Committee

Feb 19, 2015
Montana Legislature

A bill that would ban the federal government from selling public lands died today at the Montana Legislature, mostly because opponents said it is unconstitutional.

Legislators Debate Changes To Sexual Abuse Prosecutions

Jan 28, 2015
Montana Legislature

Lawmakers Debate Increased Penalties For Surreptitious Images Of 'Intimate Parts'

Jan 14, 2015

Today was the first hearing of Senator Jennifer Fielder’s bill (SB50) to increase penalties for those who take video or pictures of people’s “intimate parts” without their knowledge.

This proposal comes after a Jensen Jewelers employee was convicted of hiding a camera in the women’s bathroom. Lewis and Clark Deputy County Attorney Luke Berger says the man was later found with 96 similar pieces of footage.

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The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are now mulling their options after the 2013 Montana Legislature failed to pass the Flathead Water Rights Compact; but CSKT officials are hopeful the agreement can be passed by the 2015 Legislature.