Backers of initiatives must gather a set amount of signatures to get on the ballot.
A lawsuit filed this week seeks a halt to signature gathering for a constitutional initiative, claiming that Montana’s attorney general and secretary of state did not complete requirements under a new state law.
In the last year, the state’s Division of Criminal Investigations department has seen a 65% uptick in human trafficking investigations.
“The court takes TC Energy at its word that Keystone XL is dead," the judge wrote.
Montana was one of two dozen states that sued over the vaccine requirement.
Democratic President Joe Biden has sought to wield federal agencies and funding to bolster the United States' stagnant rate of vaccinations against the coronavirus.
In her letter to PSC employees, Commissioner Jennifer Fielder said she was not acting in her capacity as a commissioner while she made the call to the hospital on a state holiday.
The state attorney general's office said it didn't have sufficient evidence to prove the original charges in the case.
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen had separately signed onto a similar challenge filed in October by nine states in a U.S. District Court in Missouri.
Lee Enterprises last week sued the Montana Public Service Commission alleging the agency set excessive costs and hurdles for public records requests that violated the state's open records laws.
"The liberty interests of the unvaccinated requires nothing less," the federal judge wrote.
The special counsel was investigating the involvement of state Attorney General Austin Knudsen, his deputy Kris Hansen and state Public Service Commissioner Jennifer Fielder.
The report also identified Public Service Commissioner Jennifer Fielder as the third official involved.
Three state attorneys general, including Montana’s, argue a Biden administration immigration policy set to go into effect later this month violates federal law.
Montana’s attorney general has joined with other Republican-led states to challenge a rule from the Biden administration aimed at boosting the nation’s stagnant rate of vaccination against COVID-19, calling it an "unprecedented overreach."
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office in August directed the Lewis and Clark County attorney to drop the two misdemeanor conceal-carry charges.
A spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office said "at least some" of the records fall under the statutory definition of confidential criminal justice information.
Friday’s petition argues the new OSHA guidelines are outside the agency's authority and infringe on states’ powers under the Tenth Amendment.
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen on Thursday reiterated his intention to challenge the new OSHA requirement in court.
Nationwide, about one-fifth of the labor force is employed by federal contractors, according to the federal Department of Labor.
Special counsel Abra Belke requested the Attorney General's Office turnover the requested by Nov. 5.
The state Legislature's special counsel is investigating the incident.
The House Speaker and Senate President of the Montana Legislature on Monday set in motion an investigation into the state Attorney General's dispute with St. Peter's Health in Helena.
Hospitals and many other health care facilities in Montana will soon face an uncomfortable choice — get employees immunized against COVID, in violation of a new state law forbidding workplace vaccine mandates, or forfeit federal dollars.