By Amy R. Sisk
Community News Service
University of Montana School of Journalism
Bakken area towns might see $85 million in new money to help with oil impacts after the Senate overwhelmingly voted to establish a new grant program. Mike Dennison of Lee Newspapers has that story, noting that the funds will first support infrastructure projects and improvements in fire, police and public health services.
Dennison’s colleague, Charles S. Johnson, wrote about yet another leg in the race to fix the state’s pension shortfall. Two bills continue to advance after receiving an endorsement on the Senate floor.
Meanwhile, the Lee State Bureau reported on the renaming of Helena’s Justice Building after the late Attorney General Joe Mazurek.
And John Adams of the Great Falls Tribune writes about the demise of a bill would have prohibited employers from requiring that workers, or prospective employees, hand over usernames and passwords to their email and social media accounts.
In this week’s installment of Yellowstone Public Radio’s “Capitol Connections,” reporter Jackie Yamanaka sat down with Sen. Rick Ripley to break down the budget and with Rep. Austin Knudsen to talk about bills affecting the Bakken.
The Associated Press reported on a House vote that killed a bison management bill.