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State Ethics Chief Recommends Bringing Lobbying Code ‘Into The 21st Century’

BY ERIC DIETRICH HELENA — Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan told a legislative committee Tuesday that lawmakers should consider updating state lobbying rules to bring them “into the 21st century” by, for instance, requiring electronic filing for lobbying reports and clarifying whether regulations apply to “grassroots” lobbying like social media campaigns. “You will find the word ‘telegraph’ in…

Barriers To The Ballot: How Advocates Plan To Take Recreational Marijuana To Montana Voters

By Hunter Pauli MISSOULA — At least three separate groups are organizing to legalize recreational marijuana in Montana on the 2020 ballot, a process complicated by rules regarding citizen initiatives, expense, and a peculiarity of the state constitution. The groups are taking varied approaches to getting their initiatives on the ballot. MontanaCan, a grassroots group drawing from the medical marijuana community,…

Land & Water Conservation Fund: Protesters Pressure Daines For Full Funding

BY LAURA LUNDQUIST Outdoor recreation is one of Montana’s leading economies, so some Missoulians want Sen. Steve Daines do more for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. On Monday, more than two dozen people rallied in front of the DoubleTree Hotel, anticipating Daines’ arrival at City Club Missoula, where he defended his voting record on several conservation issues. The rally-goers wanted to…

Court Says Gun Rights Group Must Register As PAC, Abide By Montana Campaign Law

BY KARINA BROWN, Courthouse News The First Amendment doesn’t prevent Montana from requiring a gun rights group to register as a political action committee before mailing fliers to voters that detail candidates’ positions on the Second Amendment, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday. National Association for Gun Rights Inc. is a 4.5 million-member, Colorado-based organization with the stated mission to “defend…

Daines Opposes Gun Legislation; Supports Hardened Schools, Early Intervention

BY MARTIN KIDSTON Facing an often contentious crowd in Missoula on Monday, Sen. Steve Daines reaffirmed his opposition to gun legislation proposed in the wake of several recent mass shootings, saying it would only provide a false sense of security and do little to address the problem. Instead, Daines said, the U.S. has a deeper issue that will require changes…

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