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Bullock: Passage of Stream Access Legislation Preserves Montana’s Outdoor Heritage

HELENA – Attorney General Steve Bullock, Montana’s chief lawyer, released the following statement after passage of Representative Kendall Van Dyk’s House Bill 190:

“Preserving our outdoor heritage depends on having places to access our streams and public lands. These core values make Montana unlike any other state in the nation. As a father of three young Montanans and as Attorney General, I’m proud to have played a role in protecting public access and I want to congratulate Rep. Van Dyk for bringing us across the finish line.

“In these uncertain economic times it becomes clear that access to public lands and streams is about more than just elk or trout, it’s about the economic vitality and viability of our state. It’s not hard to imagine what would become of many small communities without access to the places we love.”

As Executive Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Joe Mazurek, Bullock defended Montana’s stream access laws against constitutional challenges from out-of-state interest groups, and drafted the landmark Attorney General’s opinion that permits stream access from publicly owned bridges

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