Friday saw plenty of legislation advancing and dying in the Montana Legislature.
Sen. Jeff Welborn said he believed it was long overdue that the board of outfitters see the changes, which he characterized as “common-sense.”
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission should be expanded from five to seven members with four of the governor appointees required to be landowners working in agriculture, said Sen. Mike Lang, R-Malta, on Thursday.
The bill, brought by Republican Rep. Derek Skees, got its first hearing Thursday in the House State Administration Committee.
Similar legislation has been vetoed in several previous sessions by Democratic governors, after being passed by Republican-dominated Legislatures.
Both bills are amalgamations of other legislation brought earlier in the session.
The bill ultimately failed to clear second reading in the House by a 44-56 vote.
The bill saw support from a number of parents but significant pushback from the medical community.
Republican Rep. Brad Tschida’s House Bill 240 received initial approval last week on a vote of 52-48.
The bill is a re-attempt at House Bill 113, which the House voted down in January.
Bills to make trapper education mandatory have been debated for 14 years but never made it through the Legislature.
The bill would bar the state from selling any land transferred to it from the federal government.
Lawmakers aiming to shape wildlife management in Montana are advancing a number of bills this legislative session that some believe would be better debated by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Rep. Llew Jones was careful Friday to note he wasn’t alleging that any fraud occurred during the 2020 vote.
Results from tests Monday show three positives, which include a legislator case previously reported and two members of House staff.