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Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce 

Legislative Roundup – Week 7

Lawmakers Debate Fire Suppression, Affordable Housing, Local Gun Ordinances and Teacher Shortages


February 28, 2019

UM Legislative News Service

University of Montana School of Journalism

The Montana House of Representatives last week advanced legislation that would require a two-third vote majority for the Legislature to transfer funds out the state’s fire suppression account.

The governor would still hold the authority to pull from the fund, as well.

Speaker of the House Greg Hertz, R-Polson, is carrying House Bill 276 and said on the House Floor during the bill’s second hearing that it was proposed in response to the historic 2017 fire season that drained government funds.

“We were sitting...

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