Yearly Archives 2005

McGrath: Insurance Carriers Entitled to Accident Reports

HELENA – In a formal opinion released today, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that the insurance carrier of an individual involved in a traffic accident is entitled to receive copies of accident reports, whether or not the carrier is specifically named or mentioned in the report.

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Lottery, Other Scams Target Montana Consumers

HELENA – The Montana Consumer Protection Office in the Department of Justice has recently seen an increase in the number of complaints about some classic scams, Assistant Attorney General Pam Bucy said Tuesday.

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AG: School District Not Entitled to Fuels Tax Refund When Contractor Pays Tax

HELENA – In a formal opinion released Thursday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that a school district may not claim a refund of taxes paid on “special fuels” by a company that provides bus service for the district’s students.

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State, Federal Officials: Settlement Brings Milltown Dam Removal One Step Closer

HELENA – State of Montana and federal officials on Tuesday announced a comprehensive agreement on the terms and costs of the cleanup of the Milltown Reservoir area. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Attorney General Mike McGrath, and representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the U.S. Department of Justice made the announcement in a press conference at the Milltown Dam.

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Final Standard License Plate Design Bolder, More Colorful

HELENA – Motor vehicle officials unveiled a warmer, more colorful design for the state’s standard license plate today. The final design comes two weeks after Montanans were asked for their feedback.

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Billings Prosecutor Honored for Work Against Domestic, Sexual Violence

HELENA – Billings prosecutor Melanie Pfeifer was honored for her work against domestic and sexual violence Friday at the Montana County Attorneys’ Association meeting at Fairmont Hot Springs.

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McGrath: 1997 Statute Governs Handling of School Bus Reserve Fund

HELENA – In a formal opinion released Friday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that school district trustees may not transfer funds from a “bus depreciation reserve fund” until all the conditions of a 1997 law have been met.

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McGrath: Operation of a Utility is Public Purpose

HELENA – In a formal opinion released Wednesday, Attorney General Mike McGrath held that operation of an electric and natural gas utility is a “public purpose” for which a city may grant funds, and Montana statutes allow cities to create a public nonprofit benefit corporation to acquire and run such a utility.

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Comments Sought on Proposed License Plate Design

HELENA – A proposed design for Montana’s next standard license plate (right) was unveiled today, and now officials are asking Montanans what they think.

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AG Opinion: 1981 ‘Cap’ Cannot Control Subsequent Legislature’s Appropriation Powers

HELENA – In an opinion released today, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that a so-called expenditure “cap” enacted by the 1981 legislature cannot act as a control over the appropriation powers of later legislative assemblies.

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