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2 Busloads Of Students Visit

Just before Easter the Senate passed my SB416, which is the only major infrastructure bill that might have a chance to pass. Senate Bill 416 passed the Senate on a 47 to 3 vote. SB416 will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee and to pass...

 

Tough Talk About Medicaid Expansion

This week at the Legislature will be the hard discussions on Medicaid expansion. Here are some interesting facts to ponder. Montana has a little over 1 million folks. There are 128,000 people on Medicaid, 145,000 on food stamps, on either side of...

 

Opheim Students Pay A Visit

Transmittal (halftime) has come and gone, and now today (March 16) is the 54th day of the session. The House bills are coming over in droves to the Senate. The BIG discussions will be the Medicaid expansion or various plans, and the budget. The...

 

First Half Better Than 2013 For Legislature, But...

It is halftime at the Legislature, and they call it transmittal. The Legislature has a few days off until the 5th of March. This is when all the general bills have to be passed from one house to the other in order to be heard in their respective...

 

'Capital Crud' & More

Hello again from Helena. This is the last week before transmittal, (when all general bills going from one House to the other must be acted upon) and then we will be halfway through the session. The Legislature will have a few days off before we...

 

Bill Killed That Was Against Fishing Derbies

Hello again from the Capitol in Helena. Last week we passed SB 188 by Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby, out of the Senate, a bill that would limit the insurance liability on property caused by range and forest fires. Examples were given how some awards...

 

Getting Back In The Game In Helena

Hello again from the capital. Now that the Super Bowl is over (much to the dismay of the Seahawk fans), we can get back to business here in Helena. My SB 88 passed the Senate 48-0, and that is the bill that gives the conservation districts the same a...

 

It's Going To Get Fast & Furious

Hello to everyone in my massive BIG Senate district that goes from the North Dakota border to north of Hingham. I have 285 miles of the 545 miles of the U.S./Canadian border, and it equates to 52 percent of the border. We are now at the start of the...

 

Brenden's District The Largest Bordering Canada

Hello, this is Sen. John Brenden sending a letter to the folks in my Sen. District #17. Since the last election, my senate district has increased to include Chinook and everything north in Blaine County and everything north of Highway 2 in Havre,...

 

Proposed BLM Land Exchange A Good Deal

Montana outdoor enthusiasts have it pretty good.  With over 32 million acres of state and federal land open to all sorts of recreational opportunities, we truly are an outdoors mecca. Most of that public property has ample access, but some is...

 

'Basically No Service' From Postal Service

Montana State Sen. John C. Brenden, R-District 18, wrote this letter to U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R, and sent it to The Courier. Congressman Daines – I have been contacted by many of my Montana Senate District 18 constituents about the horrible... Full story

 

Start A Propane Firestorm

The past few days I have been besieged by phone calls on the price increase of propane. This past weekend this  increase has been on the national news as well. There are many reasons for this terrible price hike and I am sure you have heard...

 

Sage Grouse: Problem Child

On January 8th and 9th the state EQC (Environmental Quality Council) had its meeting in Helena. I currently am the chairman. The EQC has oversight on FWP (Fish Wildlife & Parks), DNRC (Department of Natural Resources) and DEQ (Dept. of Environmental... Full story

 

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