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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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McGrath, Stenehjem Propose Anti-Meth Resolution

BIG SKY – Attorneys general gave preliminary approval to a resolution encouraging federal enforcement efforts against methamphetamine Wednesday at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Summer Meeting at Big Sky. Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath and North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem co-sponsored the resolution.

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McGrath: State Will Not Appeal Liquor-License Decision

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath announced Thursday that the state will not appeal a recent District Court decision striking down a Montana law banning non-residents from owning liquor licenses.

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National Attorneys General to Meet at Big Sky June 21-23

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath will play host to the Summer Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) June 21-23 at Big Sky Resort.

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McGrath: Funding for Water Adjudication Program Stands

HELENA – In an opinion released Monday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that a bill passed by the 2005 Legislature to provide additional support for Montana’s water adjudication program is valid.

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Statement from AG Mike McGrath Regarding the Canyon Resources “Takings” Lawsuit

Helena – Today’s ruling by the Montana Supreme Court should finally put to rest any assertions about Montana’s ability to protect its waters by banning the process of cyanide heap leach mining.

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McGrath, Other AGs: Support Injunction Closing Border to Canadian Cattle

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath filed a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday in The U.S. Court of Appeals, urging support for an injunction that closed the U.S. border to Canadian cattle. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota also signed the brief.

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Services Limited at Driver License Stations May 23-27

HELENA – From May 23-27, most driver licensing stations throughout Montana will be closed, while others will be open for limited hours and offer only license renewals and duplicates.

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Governor Signs Bill to put Living Wills on Justice Website

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer Thursday signed into law a bill to create a statewide Internet registry for living wills. The new law requires the Montana attorney general’s office to set up the registry on its website. The bill, HB 742, was sponsored by Rep. Rosalie Buzzas (D-Missoula).

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McGrath: State Receives Tobacco Settlement Payment

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath said Friday that the state has received $26.7 million, the latest payment of the 1998 tobacco settlement. The payment brings the total compensation to the state from the settlement to $177.4 million.

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