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Legislators Kill Firefighter Benefits Bill
Montana legislators have killed a bill that would pay benefits to firefighters who develop cancer or other diseases in the line of duty.  KTVQ.com reports they have fought for benefits like those that would have been provided in Senate Bill 72 for years, but some state lawmakers claim those benefits aren’t necessary, arguing that firefighters knew the risks when they took the job...
Proposed County Budget Cuts
A bill has been proposed that would make cuts to county attorney budgets across the state, according to the Billings Gazette.  If changes to the criminal code are not made, Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said the bill would stop state contributions to county attorney budgets, effectively cutting Twito’s budget in half...
Tester Bill Allows Rural Medical Residencies
Sen. Jon Tester introduced a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for doctors to complete their medical residency in rural communities.  It’s called the “Restoring Rural Residencies Act”.  The bill addresses a complaint long held by residency programs that the U...
Opposition To State Funded Medical Research On The Ballot
There’s more to this year’s Montana ballots than you think. A ballot initiative committing Montanans to providing $200 million to private medical research is considered by some to be bad medicine for state’s infrastructure.  Organized labor and some legislators came out strongly against Initiative 181 on Monday...

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