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Articles with the Tag: Courts

Committee to address judicial overreach

HELENA — Montana Senate President Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, is appointing a new committee to address violations of the state’s constitutional separation of powers by the Montana Supreme Court and judicial branch of government.  The only voting members of the Senate Select Committee on ...

Briefs for April 3, 2024

Applications, nominations for Twentieth Judicial District vacancy sought   News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte is now accepting applications and nominations to fill a district court judge vacancy in the Twentieth Judicial District.  The chie...

Legislative Notes   Legislative Notes

“This is unconstitutional” has become a frequently used phrase intended to subvert the logic and rational understanding of the Montana Constitution. When improperly applied, it perverts the intended checks and balances of our three-branch state government system. If a person, group, or political ...

MT Supreme Court denies Gianforte’s request for stay of District Court order

News from the Montana Wildlife Federation HELENA — Today, the Montana Supreme Court denied Governor Greg Gianforte’s request to stay a District Court order requiring that the Legislature be given an opportunity to vote on whether to override the Governor’s veto of SB 442. Earlier in...

Valley Views

HELENA — On Tuesday, March 5, Governor Gianforte was denied his latest attempt to circumvent the Montana Legislature’s authority when the Lewis and Clark District Court upheld a January court order, requiring his veto of Senate Bill 442 to go before the Legislature for a possible veto override vo...

Abortion restrictions struck down by state court Abortion restrictions struck down by state court

A state district court judge in Yellowstone County has ruled that three Republican-backed abortion restrictions passed in 2021 are unconstitutional, delivering another blow to conservatives who support limiting when and how Montanans can terminate pregnancies and a win for advocates of reproductive rights. ...

Nonprofits bring suit to block destructive school voucher bill

News from Rylee Somers-Flanagan, Upper Seven Law HELENA — On Jan. 23, the Montana Quality Education Coalition and Disability Rights Montana challenged House Bill 393 (“HB 393”) — or Montana’s new private education voucher program — for violating the Montana Constituti...

Retired judges endorse Dan Wilson for Supreme Court

Editor, As retired Montana judges, we join to endorse Judge Dan Wilson of Flathead County in his bid for election to the Montana Supreme Court. This year, Montanans will elect two new Justices to our state’s highest court. Chief Justice Mike McGrath and Associate Justice Dirk Sandefer have announced...

Legislative Notes Legislative Notes

As you learn about all the candidates for various offices this year, the most important ones are the ones that most Montanans know the least about. The politicians you need to do the most research on are not the would-be congressmen, governors, or even legislators. It’s the judges.  Although th...

Judge rules in favor of news outlets in right-to-know lawsuit Judge rules in favor of news outlets in right-to-know lawsuit

A district court judge has determined that candidates for judicial positions do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when being interviewed by representatives of the governor’s office, the result of a lawsuit filed by the Choteau Acantha newspaper and Montana Free Press.  The Acantha an...


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