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Montana Legislature shutting out media is plain wrongheaded

January 28, 2008View for printing

After Montanans last year suffered through arguably the worst legislative session in decades, members of an interim legislative committee are now trying to clean up the smelly mess left behind. It's sort like the clowns with shovels and wheelbarrows following the elephants and donkeys in the parade.

The interim Montana Legislative Council, made up of some of the body's top leaders, is trying to figure out how to prevent a recurrence of the disaster that took place last year. That's a good idea.

The Legislative Council will meet Tuesday to start discussing some solutions that arose from a retreat in September. First target: the media.

By CHARLES S. JOHNSON of the Missoulian State Bureau

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