Legislation that would allow state agencies to charge the public for commenting on environmental documents was significantly amended Tuesday to remove the proposal. House Bill 695 in its original form would allow state agencies to charge public commenters a fee while drafting environmental impact statements. The amendment removes virtually all of the bill’s language except a section that would allow for arbitration in disputes over public water supplies. It faces a final vote in the House before it can advance to the Senate.
Helena elementary schools are returning to full five-day school weeks. Details from our Capitol City Correspondent Troy Shockley.