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Back to the Governor: Montana House Gives Final Approval to Bill Taking on Warrantless Electronic Data Collection

Back to the Governor: Montana House Gives Final Approval to Bill Taking on Warrantless Electronic Data Collection

HELENA, Mont. (April 14, 2017) – On Wednesday, the Montana House gave final approval to the governor’s proposed amendments to a bill that would require police to get a warrant in order to obtain electronic communication information from service providers in most cases. If signed into law, the legislation would not only increase privacy protections…

To the Governor: Montana Senate Approves Bill to Help Create a Gun Rights Sanctuary State

To the Governor: Montana Senate Approves Bill to Help Create a Gun Rights Sanctuary State

HELENA, Mont. (April 10, 2017) – On Saturday, the Montana Senate gave final approval to a bill that would take big steps toward making the state a sanctuary for gun rights by prohibiting state enforcement of most federal acts restricting firearms, magazines or ammunition. If signed into law, it would effectively stop any such federal acts in practice…

Montana Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Raw Milk Sales; Tough Fight Taking Shape In Senate

Montana Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Raw Milk Sales; Tough Fight Taking Shape In Senate

HELENA, Mont. (April 10, 2017) – After initially tabling it, a Montana Senate committee reversed course and passed a bill late last week that would legalize limited raw milk sales in the state. Despite the victory in committee, the bill still faces an uphill fight in the full Senate. Rep. Nancy Ballance (R-Hamilton) introduced House…

Montana House Passes Bill to Help Create a Gun Rights Sanctuary State

Montana House Passes Bill to Help Create a Gun Rights Sanctuary State

HELENA, Mont. (April 5, 2017) – Today, the Montana House passed a bill that would take big steps towards making the state a sanctuary for gun rights by prohibiting state enforcement of most federal acts restricting firearms, magazines or ammunition. If signed into law, it would effectively stop any such federal acts in practice within the state. Sen.…

To the Governor: Montana Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Collection of Electronic Data

To the Governor: Montana Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Collection of Electronic Data

HELENA, Mont. (April 3, 2017) – On Saturday, the Montana House gave final approval to a bill that would ban warrantless collection of data from an electronic device in most situations. If signed by Gov. Steve Bullock, the legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder one practical aspect…

To the Governor: Montana Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

To the Governor: Montana Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA, Mont. (Apr. 1, 2017) – Today, the Montana House gave final approval a bill that would limit the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in the state. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through…

Well-Funded Lobbyists Working to Kill Raw Milk Bill in Montana

Well-Funded Lobbyists Working to Kill Raw Milk Bill in Montana

HELENA, Mont. (March 31, 2017) – A Montana bill that would legalize limited raw milk sales in the state has faced well-funded corporate opposition and is in danger of being killed by a Senate committee. Rep. Nancy Ballance (R-Hamilton) introduced House Bill 325 (HB325) on Jan. 26. The legislation would authorize limited sales of raw…

Montana Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

Montana Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA, Mont. (March 17, 2017) – Yesterday, an important Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would limit the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in the state. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday…