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Legislature missed chance to improve access


April 16, 2019

Polls consistently show that Montanans support public lands and access to them. And yet, the 2019 Montana Legislature consistently opposed bills that improve access and supported bills that reduce it.

Of the four bills that would have improved access, three died. Meanwhile, the anti-access bills, HB 550 and HB 265 garnered more support. Luckily, HB 550 died on the Senate floor after massive action was taken by Montana’s hunters and anglers.

But sportsmen and sportswomen are deeply disappointed that the Legislature passed HB 265, sponsored by Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman. This came des...

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