Capitol Monitor – 2011 Legislative Session

Volume 19, Number 14 — May 4, 2011

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The Session’s Over . . . but there’s still One Thing for You to Do

This is the last issue of Capitol Monitor for the 2011 legislative session. It will be brief, because in two weeks you will be receiving MEIC’s comprehensive end-of-session report in the May issue of Down to Earth. But we wanted to send you this summary while the Legislature was still fresh in your mind. And there is one more thing we hope you will do!

The highly contentious session came to an end last week. That means, finally, an end to some of the most egregious attacks on environmental laws we’ve ever seen – as well as an end to some of the silliest, most unconstitutional, and most mean- spirited bills in recent memory. Hundreds of bills were introduced to do everything from overriding the citizen-approved restrictions on nuclear power plants and cyanide heap-leach mining to gutting the Montana Environmental Policy Act and nullifying federal laws and authorities.

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