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With 2019 Montana Legislature fast approaching, a rules fight is brewing in House With 2019 Montana Legislature fast approaching, a rules fight is brewing in House

HELENA — A proposed change to the way the House considers bills has been tabled, for now. In November, Democrats and some Republicans on the Legislative Council proposed rule changes that would allow lawmakers to move bills to the House floor with a simple majority vote, instead of the supermajority currently required.  In the past, some hot-button bills floundered and died in “kill committees” without enough votes to push them through. In the case of some bills, the House Speaker never assigned the bill to a committee for a hearing, effectively killing it. In an effort to limit the ability of the leadership to hamstring bills through such parliamentary tacti...


Polson to consider alternative routes for hiring city manager

POLSON — The city of Polson is ready to start the hiring process for a new city manager, but the city will not be contracting with the same recruiting firm they used to hire their last city manager. The commission voted five to one not to contract with the consulting firm Prothman, which led the hir...


Students address childhood hunger in Montana  

News from the Governor of Montana’s office HELENA – The 2018-19 Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council convened at the Capitol on Friday, Nov. 30, to discuss ways to address childhood hunger, the Governor’s Office of Community Service announced.. The 20 members represent m...


Tax credits explained

What are tax credits? Tax credits reduce the amount of money an individual or corporation owes in taxes. The more tax credits a person or company has, the less they owe in taxes. The federal government uses tax credits to encourage developers to build affordable housing.  Why does the federal governm...


Ronan selected for affordable housing incentive

RONAN – Housing is a basic need: without a home it is difficult to care for a family, hold down a job or be part of a community. More options for affordable, high-quality housing in Ronan are on the horizon thanks to incentives from the federal government.  A proposal from Lake County Community...


Governor Bullock announces Montana’s unemployment rate

News from the Governor’s office MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s unemployment rate is at 3.7 percent, ticking up slightly for the month of November, despite the state gaining roughly 800 jobs over the month, and placing the rate at the same level it was at in J...


Polson police chief to act as interim city manager

POLSON – Polson Police Chief Wade Nash’s job responsibilities have increased since Nov. 7.  At their regular meeting, Polson City commissioners unanimously authorized Nash to act as interim city manager until a contract officially appointing him could be finalized. Nash has been police ch...


Unexpected resignations rattle City of Polson

POLSON – A series of employees in leadership positions have left vacancies in the City of Polson’s staff. On Oct. 22, the commission held a special meeting to renew city manager Mark Shrives’ contract, offering him only a one-year employment agreement. The following day Shrives declined ...


Lake County volunteer positions available

News from Lake County LAKE COUNTY – Lake County currently seeks volunteers for several boards. Positions begin on Jan. 1, 2019. If you have questions about the area of jurisdiction for a particular board or to obtain an application, please check with the Lake County Planning Department.   &nb...


Polson officers now carry naloxone hydrochloride Polson officers now carry naloxone hydrochloride

News from Polson Police Sergeant George Simpson POLSON – The mission of your Polson Police Department is to make Polson a safe and pleasant place to live, work, learn and play.  Our business is community service and we are in a constant learning mode to enact positive changes to the ways we c...


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