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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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McGrath Honors Jan Brownell, Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Thursday honored outstanding crime victims’ advocate Jan Brownell of Bozeman in a ceremony at the Bozeman Law and Justice Center.

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McGrath, Nation’s Attorneys General Urge Congress Not to Cut Funding for Crime Victim Services

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath on Tuesday joined the attorneys general of all 50 states in expressing to Congress concern about drastic cuts of more than $1.2 billion from the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The fund provides direct assistance to victims of violent crimes.

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McGrath: Ballot-Measure Requirements Revert to Prior Language

HELENA – In a formal opinion released Thursday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that a recent judicial decision invalidating county-based signature requirements for initiative petitions restores the prior language of the Montana constitution and statutes, as they existed before the approval of the amendments.

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MHP, Basic Training Trainees Graduate Together for First Time

HELENA – A little history will be made at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy on April 1, when law enforcement basic-training students and Montana Highway Patrol recruits graduate alongside one another for the first time.

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