Steve Bullock

Same Day Registration
9:38 am
Mon October 13, 2014

LR-126 Asks Montanans To End Election Day Registration

An array of groups -- from unions to the AARP -- have banded together to fight LR-126.
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Voters face only two ballot issues this election, and the one getting the most attention is about voting itself.

Since 2006, Montanans have been able to register to vote on the same day they cast their ballots. That would end if voters approve Legislature Referendum 126 on Nov. 4.

A “yes” vote would repeal same-day voter registration. If that happens, citizens who don’t register by 5 p.m. on the Friday before an election won’t be able to vote.

A “no” vote would keep the system as it is.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions
5:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Missoula Crowd Pushes DEQ For More CO2 Options

Montana DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning
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A meeting to talk about reducing Montana’s carbon dioxide emissions drew more than 150 people to a Missoula hotel last night.

Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality invited people to hear about and comment on their “white paper,” which shows five different strategies for the state to reduce Co2 emissions to meet a new federal target. That target for Montana is to reduce Co2 emissions by 21 percent by the year 2030.

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Climate Change
4:53 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Good News From Montana's Role In Changing Carbon Pollution

Kudos to Governor Bullock and the MT DEQ for their work on carbon pollution at power plants.

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Coal Town Wary Of More Regulation
4:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Chilly Reception For Montana Climate Plan In Colstrip

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Billings residents and Missoulians are next in line to weigh in on Montana's climate plan. Governor Steve Bullock asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to analyze potential ways the state can comply with E.P.A's proposed Clean Power Plan.

State regulators were in Colstrip yesterday, the heart of Montana coal country, for a public meeting on a draft rule limiting carbon pollution in Montana.

Montana Associated Press reporter Matthew Brown attended yesterday's meeting at Colstrip High School.

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Montana CO2 Emissions
6:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State Rep. Ankney: Governor's CO2 Proposal 'Worth Talking About'

Republican State Legislator Duane Ankney.
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Tonight Governor Bullock’s proposal for how Montana can reduce C02 emissions from its coal fired power plants gets its first public airing at a meeting in Colstrip.

More public meetings will follow in Billings tomorrow night, and Missoula on Thursday. The administration is trying to meet a goal set by the Environmental Protection Agency for Montana to reduce C02 emissions 21 percent by the year 2030.

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sage grouse
3:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Executive Order Establishes Sage Grouse Conservation Plan

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Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order today that he says will help protect sage grouse and ensure the bird remains under state - not federal - management.

Sage grouse are found in 11 states. They've lost over half their historic habitat to development.

Bullock says the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program provides incentives for landowners to conserve important habitat. It establishes what are called "no surface occupancy zones" around key breeding areas where resource extraction work would be prohibited.

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Missoula College Groundbreaking
5:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Montana Dignitaries Break Ground On Missoula College Site

Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site on Friday, August 22, 2014.
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On a blustery, rainy afternoon, several Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River today to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site.

Officials expect construction of the $32 million project to last about two years, after nearly eight years of planning and some controversy. College officials considered several other sites, including the 90-year-old university golf course, before funding complications and public protest forced them to look elsewhere.

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This Week In Montana Politics
3:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Plagiarism, Citizen Initiatives, REAL ID And Logging

This Week in Montana politics.

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REAL ID
2:26 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Federal REAL ID Deadlines "Like A House Of Cards"?

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The Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana an extension to comply with stringent federal driver's license rules under the REAL ID Act.

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Beach Clemency
5:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Governor Bullock urges clemency recommendation for Barry Beach

In an unusual step, Governor Steve Bullock has sent a two-page letter to the state Board of Pardons and Parole, outlining why he thinks the board should recommend clemency for convicted murderer Barry Beach. The board is set to hear Beach's application for clemency April 29th. Beach has already served 30 years of a 100-year sentence for the 1979 murder of Poplar teen Kim Nees. He has long maintained his innocence, and was granted a new trial by a district judge in 2011.

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