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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 23, 2019

Montana at 1 p.m.

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EXCHANGE-TAX BILLS

HELENA, Mont. _ Montana may join 15 other states in making it more difficult to pass new or increased taxes. A simple majority of the state Legislature can currently approve new taxes or fees. But House Bill 148 introduced Tuesday would raise that threshold to a two-thirds supermajority, Montana Public Radio reported. By Corin Cates-Carney, Montana Public Radio.

EXCHANGE-PLASTIC WASTE

HELENA, Mont. _ Two bills sponsored by a Missoula senator wending their way through the Legislature could change life as some Montanans know it by limiting plastic straws in retail food establishments and charging for plastic bags in stores. And there is a bill by another lawmaker that would send Styrofoam containers packing. By Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune.

IN BRIEF:

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS-MONTANA _ Missoula County is the latest among a slate of city, county, state and tribal governments in Montana to sue drug companies over the nation’s opioid crisis.

FATAL CRASH-CHARGE _ A 32-year-old Montana man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash in October that killed a passenger.

LOGGING PROJECT _ The Montana Land Board has approved a logging project proposed for south of Bozeman and left open the option for opponents of the sale to bid on a 25-year deferral of any logging there.

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