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Senator sponsors bill to simplify irrigation elections

LAKE COUNTY – Sen. Dan Salomon (R) sponsored a bill to help make irrigation elections easier, and the Governor signed it into law on May 1 after a 50-0 vote on the third reading.  Senate Bill 116 revises the voter requirements in irrigation district elections across the state. “Numerous irrigation districts all dealt with issues, so we cleaned it up to make the process easier,” Salomon said.    The bill states that electors are not subject to state residency requirements so landowners living outside the state can still vote on issues concerning their property, and the county signature verifications have changed.  Voters are no longer required t...


Lake County election officials report early results

  LAKE COUNTY – The unofficial results for the mail-in 2019 District Election are waiting to be canvased.  In the Arlee School District, voters were asked to vote for two candidates for the school board for three-year terms. Kris Gardner has 194 votes; Brian BigSam has 175 votes, and Cr...


Reintroduction of Savanna’s Act offers hope

News from Western Native Voice WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan group of congressional members reintroduced Savanna’s Act. Representatives Torres (D-CA), Newhouse (R-WA), and Haaland (D-NM), working in coordination with the offices of Senators Murkowski (R-AK) and Cortez-Masto (D-NV), crafted...


RMEF lauds congressional reps for rectifying Google snafu

  News from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation   MISSOULA — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation would like to thank Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) for taking swift action to rectify an issue with Google Ads.  “We greatly appreciate the immed...


Montana’s Medicaid expansion renewal bill heads to governor

HELENA — After a turbulent ride through the Montana Legislature, a bill extending Montana’s Medicaid expansion program cleared its final legislative hurdle. House Bill 658, carried by Rep. Ed Buttrey, R-Great Falls, revises the state’s Medicaid program considerably. While the bill’...


Montana’s Medicaid expansion renewal bill heads to governor

HELENA — After a turbulent ride through the Montana Legislature, a bill extending Montana’s Medicaid expansion program cleared its final legislative hurdle. House Bill 658, carried by Rep. Ed Buttrey, R-Great Falls, revises the state’s Medicaid program considerably. While the bill’...


Gov. Bullock highlights 2019 legislative accomplishments

News from the Governor’s office  MONTANA – Montana Governor Steve Bullock reflected on the highlights and accomplishments of his fourth and final legislative session as governor. Close to every proposal Governor Bullock asked the legislature to take seriously in his fourth and final Sta...


New law changes regulations on ballot delivery

LAKE COUNTY – There are new restrictions on Montana residents who convey other people’s absentee ballots to the election office this year. The change comes as a result of the Ballot Interference Prevention Act, which was approved by 63 percent of Montana voters in the November 2018 election. ...


Polson pauses search for city manager

POLSON – After nearly six months without a permanent city manager, last week’s commission meeting didn’t bring the city any closer to deciding on a hiring process. Commissioners were tasked with deciding whether to accept the City Manager Search Committee’s recommendation to contra...


Governor Bullock announces Montana’s unemployment rate

 News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.7 percent for the month of March. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.8 percent.   “We must c...


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