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Welcome to Montana Insighter, a communications project of Missoula County Democrats. We began with the 62nd Legislative Session with Montana Insighter providing original content concerning the legislature's agenda and a way for you to easily weigh in through our customized campaigns. Now that the legislature is out of session there are still things happening in our capital that we'll keep you updated on.

We're also going to provide opportunities for you to write and express your ideas with us. If you'd like more inforamtion how to share, please contact chair@missoulademocrats.org You'll need to create an account to use the communications forms; it only takes a few seconds.


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Funding K-12 Education - 4 April, 2011 - 3:29 pm

After the controversial SB 403 (Llew Jones, R-Conrad), otherwise known as the Jones' Bill, died last week in the Senate, Republicans started scrambling to replace the bill by pulling together a bipartisan team to suggest amendments to another education bill currently before House Education Committee. More...

Senate Approves Budget - 31 March, 2011 - 6:25 pm

The Montana Senate worked through all sections of the HB 2 better known as the Montana budget during 14 hours of debate on Monday, 3/28. By voting as party block, Senate Republicans were able to uphold the majority of the severe cuts to education, as well as health and human services included in the budget. More...

Attacks on MEPA - 29 March, 2011 - 4:10 pm

The Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) is the most important tool communities rely on to keep our air and water clean as we build power plants, string power lines and mine for coal, oil and gas. Unfortunately, the 62nd Montana Legislature seems bent on cutting citizens out of major environmental decisions, and we More...

HB 542: Limiting Local Control of Impacts New Subdivisions have Agriculture - 25 March, 2011 - 12:16 pm

HB 542 (John Esp, R-Big Timber) would take away the rights of a local community to consider the impacts a new subdivision has on agriculture -- including the permanent loss of agricultural land and the erosion of a community's agricultural integrity. More...

SB 423: Medical Marijuana Repeal and Regulations - 25 March, 2011 - 11:27 am

The 62nd legislature has heard more than a dozen bills that would regulate, revise or flat-out repeal Montana's Medical Marijuana Act. HB 423 (Jeff Essman, R-Billings) is a lengthy, complicated bill that following repeal of current law would then reinstate limited and regulated elements of the Medical Marijuana Act. More...

HB 513: Backing all Montana Transactions with Gold or Silver Coin - 23 March, 2011 - 10:22 am

HB 513 (Bob Wagner, R-Harrison) would require Montana to back all transactions of state with gold and silver coin. HB 513 responds to the conspiracy theory that the federal government does not have the right to coin money, despite what judicial precedent and the U.S. Constitution say. More...

SB 306: Overturning Montana Voters' Ban on Cyanide Leach Mines - 22 March, 2011 - 9:58 am

Montana voters approved a ban on new cyanide heap-leach open-pit mining (I-137) in 1998 with 53% of the vote, and upheld that ban in 2004 with I-147 by a vote of 57%. Yet Republicans in the Montana Legislature are shepherding through Senate Bill 306, which effectively repeals the voters' will. More...

Limiting Voter Access - 21 March, 2011 - 11:42 am

Last Friday, 3/18, Senate State Administration Committee heard two bills that would limit voter accessibility in Montana. More...

HJ 2: Increasing the Official Revenue Estimate - 18 March, 2011 - 9:33 am

A resolution is necessary to officially change the revenue estimate on which the Montana budget is based; HJ 2 (Roy Hollandsworth, R-Brady) does just that, but Democrats worry it doesn't reflect the true revenue the state will collect. More...

HB 2 on House Floor - 14 March, 2011 - 11:26 am

HB 2, or the Montana budget for the upcoming two years, is currently on the House Floor. More...