By Jonathon Ambarian
Legislative News Service
University of Montana School of Journalism
On Wednesday, Montana’s Senate Finance and Claims Committee heard testimony on a bill that would set aside more than $9 million a year to deal with the impacts of oil and gas development in eastern Montana. The money would go toward improving sewer and water systems, roads, and other infrastructure needs.
Republican sponsor Duane Ankney of Colstrip says investing in growing cities and towns will pay off over time.
“You either pay now or pay later. If we get this infrastructure in the ground, get it working, get these folks paying property taxes, then it starts to take care of itself.”
Also on Wednesday, the House gave final approval to a bill that would repeal a state statute that makes homosexual sex illegal.
And the Senate approved a bill that would require anyone under 18 to get a parent’s permission before receiving an abortion.
Both bills will now go to Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk.