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Medical marijuana overhaul on brink of collapse

Medical marijuana overhaul on brink of collapse STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — Regulation of Montana's booming medical marijuana industry hangs on the brink of collapse as lawmakers rush to find a compromise....

 

Montana Senate to vote on medical marijuana overhaul

Montana Senate to vote on medical marijuana overhaul STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — Senators were working up against a deadline Tuesday on the latest measure to tighten Montana's medical marijuana laws, potentially...

 

House endorses bill to prevent abortion coercion

HELENA — The House is backing a proposal that seeks to prevent women from being coerced into having an abortion. House Bill 544 would require women to be evaluated at least one hour before an abortion to see if she is feeling...

 

Bill offering leniency for guns at school stopped

Bill offering leniency for guns at school stopped STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA— A House committee stopped a bill Friday to make allowances for bringing guns on school grounds, as concerns over guns at schools trumped...

 

Senate endorses abortion notification bill

Senate endorses abortion notification bill STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — The Senate has endorsed a bill to require girls under 16 to notify their parents before having an abortion. Senate Bill 97 would require...

 

Legislature hears latest round of gun bills

Legislature hears latest round of gun bills STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — State lawmakers debated the latest batch of Republican-backed gun bills Wednesday, measures that would allow legislators to carry guns in the...

 

Montana to keep issuing pot cards

HELENA — Montana health officials say they will continue issuing medical marijuana cards even if Gov. Brian Schweitzer allows an overhaul bill to become law at midnight. The bill's author says that flies in the face of the...

 

Democrats' job training bill has initial support

Democrats' job training bill has initial support STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — A bill backed by Democrats to create jobs by training military veterans as truck drivers is gaining initial approval in the Senate...

 

DNA evidence bill proposes longer storage time

DNA evidence bill proposes longer storage time STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — DNA crime scene evidence needs to be stored for up to 30 years to protect wrongfully convicted criminals, according to supporters of a...

 

Senate panel hears bill to abolish death penalty

Senate panel hears bill to abolish death penalty STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — State lawmakers are again considering a proposal to abolish the death penalty in Montana for life in prison without parole. If passed,...

 

Committee considers election residency bill

Committee considers election residency bill STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — Lawmakers heard a proposal Monday in the House State Administration Committee to give the state ethics chief greater authority to investigate...

 

Wolves find few friends in the Montana Capitol

Wolves find few friends in the Montana Capitol STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — As the Legislature moves into the second half of the session, the gray wolf is proving to be one creature with few friends in the Capitol....

 

Gov. asks leadership for more accurate finances

Eds: Adds quotes, context Gov. asks leadership for more accurate finances STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer called for more accurate financial estimates from the Legislature's Republican leadership...

 

Committee considers cell phone ban while driving

Committee considers cell phone ban while driving STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA — State lawmakers are considering a proposal to ban cell phone use while driving in Montana, except for hands-free devices such as...

 

Legislative panel hears gun rights bills

Legislative panel hears gun rights bills STEPHEN DOCKERY, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee heard a proposal Wednesday that would require companies to allow their employees to keep guns in their...

 

Legislative panel hears gun rights bills

Legislative panel hears gun rights bills STEPHEN DOCKERY,Associated Press HELENA — Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require companies to allow their employees to keep guns in their vehicles while at work. The House Jud...

 

Montana lawmaker's speech perpetuates boozy image

AP Photo/The Independent Record, Eliza Wiley Rep. Alan Hale, R-Boulder Valley, listens to instructions during the meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee in Helena. Bar owner Hale said in a speech on the House floor this...

 

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