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McGrath: All Subdivisions Must Meet State Environmental Standards

HELENA – Local governments must require that all proposed subdivisions – including those between 20 and 160 acres – meet the water quality and waste disposal standards set by the Department of Environmental Quality, Attorney General Mike McGrath concluded in an opinion issued Friday.

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McGrath: Telemarketing Act Limitations Clear

HELENA – In an opinion released Thursday, Attorney General Mike McGrath said that telemarketers exempt from a registration and bonding component of state law must still adhere to other provisions of that law.

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Computer Link Allows Officers Instant Access to Corrections Status

HELENA – Thanks to a new computer hookup, law enforcement officers throughout the state and nation can now find out the correctional status of a suspect within minutes, Attorney General Mike McGrath and Department of Corrections director Bill Slaughter announced at a joint press conference Wednesday.

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McGrath Opinion Addresses Big Bill, Mill Levies

HELENA – In an opinion released Wednesday, Attorney General Mike McGrath clarified some questions related to the passage of the so-called Big Bill and its overhaul of the way local governments levy property taxes.

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Highway Patrol Recruiting New Officers

HELENA — The Montana Highway Patrol is currently recruiting for officers who would begin a 14½-week training school next March.

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McGrath: Counties Can Increase Mill Levy to Make Up Funds Lost in Switch to Flat Fee

HELENA – In an opinion issued Tuesday, Attorney General Mike McGrath concluded that Montana counties may increase their mill levies to make up for funding they lost when the 2001 Legislature changed the way county revenues are handled.

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County Attorneys’ Association Elects Executive Board

HELENA – Yellowstone County Attorney Dennis Paxinos was elected president of the Montana County Attorneys’ Association at the group’s annual criminal law training program and business meeting held recently at Fairmont Hot Springs.

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McGrath: State Will Not Appeal Sherlock Decision on Referendum

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath said Friday that the State will not appeal the recent district court decision that reversed his determination on a proposed ballot measure. The referendum, proposed by Reps. Michelle Lee of Livingston and Christopher Harris of Bozeman, challenged House Bill 474, an energy bill passed by the 2001 Legislature.

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State: Contractor Fails to Deliver Electronic Reporting System for Gambling Machines

HELENA – The Montana Attorney General’s Office Friday filed a complaint in district court against Lodging & Gaming Systems, Inc., GAMET and Steve Urie, president of both corporations. The suit follows months of state efforts to get the Reno, Nevada company to fulfill its contract obligation to deliver a system to connect video gambling machines to a central computer system.

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Montana Receives Federal Grant for Improved Justice Information Technology Programs

HELENA – Montana is one of 26 states to receive more than $16 million in grants announced this week by the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds will help connect information networks and allow law enforcement officials, court administrators, corrections officers and others to share relevant justice information.

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