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Helena, Montana
Reporter, Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau
As seen in:  Missoulian, Billings Gazette

Reporter for the Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau, covering politics, campaigns, health care, energy ... and plenty more.

Mistrial declared in Butte homicide trial

billingsgazette.com — BUTTE - A judge had declared a mistrial in the case of a Butte man charged with killing his father in November 2008. The jury began discussions Tuesday after hearing six days of testimony in the deliberate homicide trial of 25-year-old Adam Hatfield.

Jury deliberations enter third day in Butte homicide trial

billingsgazette.com — BUTTE - Jurors resumed a third day of deliberations Thursday in the case of a Butte man charged with killing his father in November 2008. The jury began discussions Tuesday after hearing six days of testimony in the deliberate homicide trial of 25-year-old Adam Hatfield.

Sentencing delayed for man who admitted killing Lame Deer woman

billingsgazette.com — A federal judge has delayed sentencing for a transient man who admitted moving the body of a murdered Lame Deer woman on Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters vacated Thursday's sentencing after 36-year-old defendant Garrett Sidney Wadda submitted a last minute request for a new attorney.

House endorses bill aiming to keep wild hogs out of Montana

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - The Montana House of Representatives has endorsed a measure that aims to keep wild pigs from invading Montana. Representatives endorsed Senate Bill 100 by a vote of 92-8 on Tuesday. Under the measure, the Board of Livestock could ban possession and hunting of wild or feral hogs and would allow the hogs to be destroyed.

Montana House endorses Flathead water compact

missoulian.com — HELENA - After days of procedural wrangling and a marathon debate, the Montana House Wednesday afternoon finally passed the bill ratifying the controversial Flathead tribal water rights compact. A dozen Republicans joined all 41 House Democrats to support Senate Bill 262, endorsing it on a 53-47 vote and setting up a possible final vote on Thursday.

House brings Flathead tribal water compact to floor, with dispute

missoulian.com — HELENA - The bill ratifying the Flathead tribal water rights compact moved to the House floor Tuesday, setting up a possible up-or-down vote Wednesday - but opponents threw another procedural hurdle in its way. Still, Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, said he remains confident that Senate Bill 262 will overcome its latest obstacle and win endorsement by the full House.

House panel votes to kill Flathead water compact bill; floor fight Tuesday

missoulian.com — HELENA - Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted Monday to kill the bill ratifying the proposed Flathead tribal water rights compact, setting up a likely House floor battle Tuesday over the bill's survival.

House committee votes to advance bill to close Montana Developmental Center in Boulder

helenair.com — The bill to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder cleared another hurdle Monday evening, as a House committee voted to advance it to the House floor. The House Human Services Committee voted 13-4 for Senate Bill 411, which would close MDC, the state institution for the developmentally disabled, by June 2017.

On big issues and rules, majority rules - and it’s not always pretty

missoulian.com — HELENA - When it came to passing Medicaid expansion in the Montana House last week, its opponents ended up on the losing side of bare-knuckled political power, which is seldom pretty. Rep. Art Wittich of Bozeman, a leader of the anti-expansion crowd, said the House had become "lawless," with Democrats and their Republican allies trampling House rules.

Hundreds flock to Capitol for Flathead water compact hearing

missoulian.com — HELENA - Ranchers, farmers, tribal elders, water attorneys and others from across the state poured into the state Capitol Saturday to weigh in on one of the biggest issues before the 2015 Legislature: The Flathead tribal water rights compact.
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Apr 18, 2015

Bill legalizing raw milk sales in MT fails on 25-25 vote in MT Senate. Appears dead ... but you never know. #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 18, 2015

Lengthy debate under way in MT Senate on bill to legalize sales of raw milk in Montana. #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 17, 2015

MT House voted 61-39 for bill to close Developmental Center at Boulder. #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 16, 2015

SB411, the bill to close MDC in Boulder, is revived -- MT House votes to reconsider, 55-45. We'll see it again tomorrow. #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 15, 2015

Finally: MT House votes 53-47 to endorse bill ratifying FH tribal water-rights compact. #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 15, 2015

MT House majority favoring Flathead water compact beating back amdts, by narrow margins. #mtleg #mtpol

Apr 15, 2015

Here we go. MT House floor debate on Flathead tribal water compact bill. #mtleg #mtpol

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