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Congressman Greg Gianforte is kicking off what he’s calling a “Forest Jobs Tour” tomorrow in Helena. A press release says, “Gianforte will hold a roundtable briefing on the status of the Stonewall Project with key stakeholders.”

The Stonewall project is a U.S. Forest Service vegetation management proposal that called for logging, thinning and controlled-burning about 5,000 acres north of Lincoln. Shortly after it was approved in 2016 a federal judge temporarily halted it in response to a lawsuit from the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.

State lawmakers got an update on September 14 on Montana’s new medical marijuana regulation program.
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State lawmakers got an update on September 14 on Montana’s new medical marijuana regulation program. The program will launch at the end of next April. 

County election officials criticized Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton Thursday, August 10 for his repeated allegations of voter fraud, and for poor communication with them since taking office.
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The Secretary of State’s Office will expand on its claims of illegal votes cast during the special election earlier this year before a joint legislative committee on Thursday, September 14.

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State lawmakers want to know more about why the cost of health care keeps rising, and make it easier for Montanans to know the prices for health care procedures up front. The state Legislature says that’s a top priority ahead of the next legislative session.

A group lawmakers, healthcare and insurance representatives charged with studying health care costs and price transparency met for the first time at the capitol Tuesday.

Last Friday, Republican Senator Steve Daines hosted China’s ambassador Cui Tiankai at a ranch near Belgrade. The two were there to talk beef. In June, China lifted a fourteen-year-old ban on U.S. beef imports. But opening that door was only the first step.

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