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Montana Legislative web site improved - Montanans ignore legislative session at their own peril

January 3, 2005View for printing

Improvements to the state Legislature's Web site allow users to more easily track the status of bills online than during the 2003 session.

The improvements were in response to feedback during the 2003 legislative session.

More than 500 people are already using the government Web site to track one of 2,016 bills requested to be drafted so far for the 2005 session. The bill most popular among those tracking bills so far is Senate Bill 72, which continues health-care insurance as a retirement incentive for state employees. It appears on 97 of the 1,216 preference lists that have been created for the coming session.

By CHELSI MOY Gazette State Bureau ...


Montanans ignore legislative session at their own peril

Montana's every-other-year Legislature is easy to ignore.

It's really easy when the lawmakers aren't in session, which is most of the time; it's not that hard when they are in session — which they are, starting tomorrow.

Most days there might be a story on the front page and a page of coverage somewhere inside the paper — turn the page and it's as if the Legislature doesn't exist.

But when you consider all the ways the Legislature affects your daily life, you ignore it at your own peril.

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