Monthly Archives December 2005

McGrath Opinion Addresses Public Meetings, Public Comment

HELENA – In a formal opinion issued today, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that members of the public have a right to comment at public meetings of a city council, and the public participation requirements of state law apply to city governments as well as state agencies.

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McGrath: State Receives $260,000 from DIRECTV Settlement

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said Wednesday that the state has received $260,000 from satellite television company DIRECTV as part of a 22-state, $5 million settlement.

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McGrath: Christensen Joins Department of Justice’s Prosecution Services Bureau

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath announced this week that Chris Christensen has joined the staff of the Department of Justice Prosecution Services Bureau as a workers’ compensation fraud prosecutor.

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Governor Approves Seven Restoration Projects

HELENA – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has approved funding for seven restoration projects in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin for a total of approximately $7.4 million in 2006 and $1.1 million in 2007. The seven projects approved for funding, subject to certain conditions, are:

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McGrath: County Commissioners Can Offer Employees Pay in Lieu of Benefits

HELENA – In a formal opinion issued Monday, Attorney General Mike McGrath held that a board of county commissioners can legally offer county employees pay in lieu of benefits.

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McGrath Announces New Program to Aid Identity Theft Victims

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Thursday announced that victims of identity theft can now apply for a special identity theft passport from the Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services.

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AG: Public Defender, Commission Have Discretion Regarding Hiring, Retention

HELENA – In a formal attorney general’s opinion released today, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that the Office of the Public Defender and the Public Defender Commission have complete discretion to decide how to hire employees to provide criminal defense services.

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