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Tom Jacobson

Montana Lawmakers Reject New Constitutional Protections For Hunting, Fishing And Trapping

Apr 12, 2017
Man fishing in the Yellowstone River.
Flickr user: Mirrur Image (CC-BY-NC)

The Montana House of Representatives killed a bill today that would have asked voters to make hunting, fishing and trapping a Constitutional right. Senate Bill 236 passed the Senate on a 30-to-20 vote back in March.

Lawmakers voted Thursday to bank on a projection that state revenue will increase substantially in the next 3 years to help balance the state budget. Democrats called that reckless.

Montana Tobacco Tax Increase Bill Likely Dead

Apr 6, 2017
Rep. Kerry White (R) HD64
Montana Legislature

Republican lawmakers are taking steps to kill a proposed increase in Montana's tobacco tax.

The tax increase would raise tens of millions of dollars a year that would go, in part, to increase the wages of caregivers for elderly and disabled Medicaid patients.

Montana Lawmakers Consider 6 Percent Tax On Medical Marijuana
Courtesy Drug Policy Alliance

Montana lawmakers are considering a 6 percent sales tax on medical marijuana. Opponents told the House Taxation Committee that the tax would be a hardship on many of the nearly 12,000 registered medical marijuana users in Montana.

Bill Would Make Social Media Posts Shaming Seniors A felony

Mar 10, 2017
Montana Capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

HELENA -- Retirement facility employees in Montana could hypothetically record videos and photos of patients and post them to social media sites under current state law.

House Bill 244 would change that, making it a felony to record seniors, or people with developmental disabilities, in uncompromising situations in any setting.

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