Montana tribes fight Keystone XL pipeline, revived by Trump – Rolling Stone, April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017
Tribal members are trying to negotiate with TransCanada to reroute the pipeline downstream of their water supply By Hunter Pauli Members of the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana are trying to negotiate with energy company TransCanada to reroute the Keystone XL pipeline downstream of their drinking water source after past oil drilling destroyed their reservation's aquifer. The Fort Peck reservation is bordered on the south by the Missouri River, with its tribal seat of...
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Saving seed: Seed Bill reaches Montana governor’s desk – The Prairie Star, April 10, 2017

April 18, 2017
By Sarah Brown HELENA, Mont. – A bill that would prohibit Montana cities and counties from regulating seeds passed the House, and in early April, was sitting on Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk. Senate Bill 155, commonly known as the “Seed Bill,” would disallow local governments from regulating the “cultivation, harvesting, production, processing, registration, labeling, marketing, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, possession, notification of use, use and planting of agricultural seeds or vegetable seeds.” The bill would not disturb the zoning rights of...
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Letter: Urge legislators to support PACE – Missoulian, April 9, 2017

April 10, 2017
It’s not often that we see bills in the legislature that help homeowners and businesses, generate jobs, and support our economy but cost nothing to the taxpayer. But Senate Bill 330 does just that, allowing property owners to invest in clean energy. Known as Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE), this bill will boost investment in clean and efficient energy technology through private capital using the same tried-and-true system that helps build other public infrastructure like sidewalks, roads and sewer systems....
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Letter: Protect taxpayers from speculators – Billings Gazette, April 9, 2017

April 10, 2017
The Legislature is struggling to come up with a state budget, some saying that revenues are not there to fund many government responsibilities. This means that programs to support children, the elderly, the sick, our public libraries, our schools and many other services that Montanans rely on could be cut. But, at the same time, some of these same legislators believe they need to pass SB235, which would allow corporations to indefinitely lock up public resources without paying their...
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Letter: Seed bill strips away local control – Billings Gazette, April 8, 2017

April 10, 2017
Senate Bill 155 is an egregious overreach by out of state groups to take local control from Montanans. This bill would change Montana seed laws and take away power from the hands of our local officials, which is where it has been for decades, and where it should stay. The language from SB155 can be found in several other state legislatures right now, all developed by a pay-to-play group funded by Monsanto, Dow and the Koch brothers. Well, Montanans aren’t...
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