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  • Bills Address Local Voter-Approved Property Taxes

    Kyle Schmauch|Feb 15, 2023

    HELENA, Mont.— Three bills giving voters more opportunity to weigh in on property taxes will be heard in the Senate Taxation Committee tomorrow morning. Senate Bills 251, 291, and 292 work together to ensure voters clearly approve of local bonds and mill levies that raise their property taxes. All three bills are sponsored by Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, who chairs the Senate Tax Committee. Senate Bill 251 would sunset some existing local tax levies without re-approval from voters. Senate Bills 291 and 292 would require voter turnout to meet c...

  • Bill Will Help Increase Hunter Access & Opportunity

    Kyle Schmauch|Jan 18, 2023

    Helena, MT - Senator Steve Hinebauch, R-Wibaux, is a sponsoring a bill to help maintain and increase hunters’ access to private land through Montana’s Block Management Program. Senate Bill 58 would double the limit on the money that landowners can receive for participating in the Block Management Program from the current $25,000 per year to $50,000 per year. The increase would help fairly compensate landowners for voluntarily allowing public hunters onto their properties. “Block Management is one of the best and most popular conservation tools...

  • Teenage Abortions: Measure Takes New Run At Parental Notification Law

    Kyle Schmauch|Oct 17, 2012

    Seventeen years after the courts struck down an early attempt to require minors to notify their parents before getting an abortion, the contentious issue is back on the ballot this fall. Legislative Referendum 120 is almost exactly like a 1995 law struck down by a Montana court as violating the Montana Constitution with one key change. “The difference is that the age is lower,” Jeff Laszloffy, head of the Montana Family Foundation, said, explaining the referendum would apply only to minors under 16. The previous law applied to girls under 18....