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By Austin Amestoy
UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism 

As "Compromise" Public Health Regulation Bill Nears Law, Public Health Officer Reflects on a Year of Scrutiny


Last updated 4/14/2021 at 9:30pm

Austin Amestoy / UM Legislative News Service

Rep. David Bedey, R-Hamilton, speaks on a bill in the House of Representatives Tuesday, April 6. Bedey sponsored House Bill 121, a bill proposing checks on the power of public health officials to issue orders and regulations during health crises. Bedey says the bill strikes the right balance between respecting "spiritual, physical and economic health.

Butte-Silver Bow County Health Officer Karen Sullivan was enjoying a drink in a Butte brewery after work when she said she got the call.

For two months, she and her fellow county health officials across the state had been keeping tabs on reports of an outbreak of a strange new virus in Wuhan, China, but up until the evening of March 13, 2020, it had been business as usual for Sullivan and the c...

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