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Illegal immigrant bill clears House hurdle


HELENA — The Montana House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill banning illegal immigrants from receiving workers' compensation insurance benefits, the first of several bills expected to deal with either immigration or the beleaguered insurance program for injured workers.

The measure was endorsed on a 60-40 vote Tuesday and faces a largely procedural final vote Wednesday before going to the Senate.

Backers of the proposal argue it sends a message to those wrongly employing illegal immigrants. They said it would help, admittedly in a very small way, fix the state's problem with high...

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