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Legislators Work On Bills For Session

With the 2023 Montana Legislative Session underway, members of the delegation that represents Roosevelt County are working on a variety of bills.

Committee assignments for Frank Smith, D-Poplar, are transportation, state administration and agriculture.

LC2318 proposes to move the Cowboy Hall of Fame back to Wolf Point. Other bills that Smith is working on regards classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco, revising country of origin labeling and revising economic development laws.

Rep. Rhonda Knudsen, R-Culbertson, has been assigned to the natural resources, taxation, joint rules and rules committees.

Knudsen is sponsoring a bill that would increase legislator per diem reimbursements for lodging and meals.

In addition, Knudsen is associated with bills that would allow the legislature to provide term limits for certain judges and justices, increase gaming bet limits and allow fossils found on state lands to be housed in local museums.

Sen. Mike Fox, D-Hays, has been assigned to the state administration, business, labor and economic affairs and fish and game committees.

Fox is associated with bills to authorize investment authority for retained interest and generally revise laws related to the Montana National Guard benefits and rights.

Sen. Mike Lang, R-Malta, has been assigned to the finance and claims, legislative administration, committee on committees, joint appropriations subcommittee on long-range planning, agriculture, livestock and irrigation and natural resources.

Bills that Lang is associated with include a resolution for Rangeland Appreciation Day, a resolution opposing bison introduction at Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge, require management of delisted grizzly bears at sustainable levels and provide funding for conservation districts.

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