Montana's News Nuggets:

Sen. Daines Voices Concerns Over Potential Protections For Montana Rivers

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on several bills including the “Montana Headwaters Legacy Act” which would protect 377 miles of rivers in the Custer-Gallatin and Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forests by designating them as wild scenic or recreational. Committee member Steve Daines voiced concerns with the bill calling it’s approach too broad.

Tester Calls on Senate to Pass Toxic Exposure Legislation

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester is urging his colleagues to pass the PACT Act of 2022 which would provide healthcare benefits to toxic-exposed veterans. The bill cleared the Senate’s first procedural vote 86 to 12 with a final vote expected soon. Tester says they have an opportunity to make history that’s too close to fail.

Grizzly Bear Euthanized In North Fork Area

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks bear management specialists euthanized a grizzly bear that frequented near homes by the Flathead River. Northern News Network’s Eric Young reports.

Montana Increases Voter Security For Primary Election

County election administrators in Montana have increased security for today’s primary election. Some counties are increasing their law enforcement presence at voting and counting sites. At least one has added cameras at a ballot drop-off site. Even though there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Montana groups have raised questions about election security and the potential for votes to be manipulated.

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen was recently on Voices of Montana with last minute reminders on this voting day for Montanans.

Sen. Tester Talks Potential Gun Reform Legislation

Thursday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold an emergency meeting to mark up a package of gun-control gills following the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York along with rising gun violence nationally. Senator Jon Tester recently spoke with Newsy about how he thinks the nation should proceed.

Molly Owen Appointed To 20th District Court Seat

Governor Greg Gianforte has appointed Molly Owen to serve on the Twentieth Judicial District Court. Northern News Network’s Eric Young reports.