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McGrath: Legislators May Not Serve on Board of Review

HELENA – In an opinion released Monday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that a seat on the Department of Revenue’s Board of Review is a “civil office” and so legislators are constitutionally prohibited from appointment to the board.

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McGrath: School District Abandonment Permanent

HELENA – In an opinion released Thursday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath held that once a school district has been abandoned under state statute, the abandonment is a permanent one.

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Drug Policy Task Force Members Announced

HELENA – Governor Judy Martz and Attorney General Mike McGrath on Thursday announced the names of 20 Montanans appointed to the newly formed Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Control Policy Task Force.

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Highway Patrol Vehicles to Sport New Lewis & Clark Plates

HELENA – As 2002 begins, the Montana Highway Patrol has a slightly new look, with some 200 MHP vehicles sporting the colorful new Lewis & Clark Bicentennial license plates. Wednesday MHP Colonel Bert Obert said the Patrol hoped to have all the new plates in place within the next few days.

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State Solicits Comments on Restoration Grant Criteria

HELENA – Proposed changes in the criteria the state uses to select grants for funding from proceeds of the state’s partial settlement of the natural resource damage lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Company are available for public comment, Restoration Program Chief Carol Fox said Thursday.

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McGrath Gets Assurances from Power Company

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said Friday the Montana Power Company has reassured his office that the sale to NorthWestern Corporation of transmission and distribution systems held by Montana Power Company, LLC does not diminish the limited-liability corporation’s ability to meet potential environmental or safety obligations in connection with its ownership of Milltown Dam and Reservoir.

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McGrath Asks PSC to Consider Taxpayer Liability in MPC Sale

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath on Tuesday asked the Public Service Commission to allow his office to intervene in two proceedings involving Montana Power Company proposals – the sale of the company’s electricity transmission and distribution assets, and its electric utility restructuring transition plan.

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Fire Marshal Offers Holiday Safety Tips

HELENA – As the holidays approach, Montana Fire Marshal Terry Phillips and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are offering Montanans a few simple tips to make this holiday season a fire-safe one.

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Toys Headed to Montana Reservations

HELENA – Oversized plastic dump trucks, furry stuffed lions, talking bathtub toys, skateboards and other toys and games will make some Montana holidays a little brighter this year, Attorney General Mike McGrath said at a news conference Tuesday. McGrath appeared at the warehouse of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and announced the distribution of 1600 brand new toys to communities on each of the state’s Indian reservations.

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McGrath: Financial Responsibility Changes Once Sentence Pronounced

HELENA – In an opinion released Thursday, Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said that the state Department of Corrections’ financial responsibility for an inmate begins at the oral pronouncement of sentence.

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