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Board of Education Warned Of Constitutional Violation Prior To Lawsuit

Online news outlet The Daily Montanan along with The Montana Federation of Public Employees union have filed suit in Lewis and Clark County District Court asking a judge to void the actions of the Board of Public Education over what they believe was an illegal decision in cutting out public comment and participation. Board Chairwoman Tammy Lac...

State Senator Looks Back At Constitution’s Impact On Conservation

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Montana Constitution, part of which recognizes the right to a clean and healthful environment. Montana lawmakers focused on conservation say the provision is an important foundation for protecting land water and air. State Senator Pat Flowers of Belgrade says this part of the constitution gets to Mo...

Montana Supreme Court Election May Change For First Time In State History

A measure that may be on the 2022 ballot could change how Montana’s supreme court justices are elected to seven districts rather than statewide. Head of the Public Policy Institute of the Rockies Kimberly Dudik says the statewide election of supreme court justices was included in Montana’s first Constitution drafted in 1889.

Judge Rules State Legislators Violated the Constitution

District Court Judge Mike Menahan ruled Thursday legislators violated the state Constitution when they added sections unrelated to the original intent of Senate Bill 319 during a free conference committee meeting one day before the 2021 Legislature adjourned. Those committees by law are confined to discuss amendments to the bill on which the t...

AG Knudsen Challenging Supreme Court Ruling On Abortion Laws

Attorney General Austin Knudsen is appealing a decision by Judge Michael Moses in the state Supreme Court. The Yellowstone County District Court Judge issued a preliminary injunction earlier this month that temporarily stops several laws from going into effect restricting abortion access. The order is in effect while a legal challenge is under...

Montana’s New Congressional Districts Nearing Final Mapping

Nine maps have made the final cut in the process to designate two Montana congressional districts. On Voices of Montana District and Apportionment Commission Member Dan Stusek said the map chosen must meet four criteria set out in the Montana and the U.S. Constitutions.