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Legislative update opens to the public in-person, audio link available

News from the  Northwest Counties Farm Bureau RONAN — Northwest Counties Farms Bureau along with the Lake County Commissioners, Lake County Democrats and the Lake County Republican Central Committee are co-sponsoring an event. Please join us for a Legislative Update on Thursday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ronan Community Center.   Local legislators will be available to answer questions about what is happening in Helena this session. Legislators present will be Senator Greg Hertz, Senator Dan Salomon, Representative Mark Noland, Representative Linda Reksten and Representative Joe Read. For questions, please send an email, with “Legislative Update questio...


Interior announces series of tribal consultations

News from the US Department of the Interior  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of the Interior announced that it will host initial consultations with tribal leaders in March. In addition to honoring and strengthening the nation-to-nation relationship, these steps will help ensure that future ...


Rep. Rosendale comments on power grid reports

News from the office of Rep. Rosendale  Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Rosendale released the following statement on reports of rolling blackouts in Montana: “My staff and I are closely monitoring the power situation in our state,” said Representative Rosendale. &ldqu...


Governor issues new directives

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Consistent with Governor Gianforte’s announcement on Feb. 10, the statewide mask mandate is allowed to expire. Local jurisdictions may still choose to implement their own mask requirements. Gianforte emphasized how providing incentives ...


DPHHS to receive more vaccine doses

News from DPHHS On Feb. 9, the Department of Public Health and Human Services was notified the state will receive 16,425 first doses and 13,525 second doses for those completing the vaccine series. This allocation will be distributed to local jurisdictions the week of Feb. 15. DPHHS continues to be n...


Efforts support research, development of methamphetamine treatment options

News from the office of Senator Daines MONTANA — U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to the National Institute on Drug Abuse in support of efforts to research and develop effective medication treatment options for those struggling with addiction to m...


SB 138 would repeal a temporary tax exemption for tribal properties SB 138 would repeal a temporary tax exemption for tribal properties

MONTANA — Tribal leaders and advocates pushed back Tuesday, Feb. 2, against a Republican lawmaker’s bill that would eliminate a property tax exemption for tribal lands.  The Senate Taxation Committee held the first hearing for Senate Bill 138 on Tuesday. Bill sponsor Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Po...


Telecommunications workforce shortages addressed in bipartisan bill

News from the office of Senator Tester MONTANA — U.S. Senator Jon Tester led a bipartisan group of Senators in reintroducing his Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act, which will work to address the shortage of trained workers that are necessary to fill next-generation jobs in the telecommunica...


Spotlight Act to shine light on dark money in politics

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) along with U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) are reintroducing their Spotlight Act to shine a light on dark money political donors and hold the government accountable to enforce our nation’s campaign finance laws.  The S...


Lake County tax exemptions halted for land going into trust

LAKE COUNTY — Temporary tribal tax exemptions for property being put into trust status is currently suspended in Lake County. The change comes from a new agreement between Lake County and the Montana Department of Revenue. “The agreement stipulates that the Department of Revenue will grant no ...


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