By Austin Amestoy
UM Legislative News Service UM School of Journalism 

In Week 11: Gravel Pit Permitting, Mental Health Bills, Cigar Bars and More

Series: Legislative Roundup | Story 5

Last updated 3/23/2021 at 12:52pm

Austin Amestoy / UM Legislative News Service

The Montana Senate meets for a floor session on Wednesday, March 17. Senators debated and advanced a number of major pieces of legislation, including House Bill 252, which would grant trade credits for some businesses to help offset the cost of trades education for employees, and House Bills 35, 36 and 98, which seek ways to combat Montana's missing and murdered Indigenous persons crisis.

"Open Cut 2.0" Bill would Ease Regulations on Gravel Pit Permit Applications

A bill seeking to ease permitting requirements for gravel pits in rural areas and make it harder to call a public hearing on new facilities is drawing clear battle lines in the Montana Legislature, as property owners say it cuts them out of the process.

In a hearing that lasted for more than...

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