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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Montana Newsletter for Sunday July 12, 2020 ( 11 items )  

ACLU: Court Blocks Montana Law That Restricts Voting Rights of Native Americans
NEW YORK, July 8 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release on July 7: A Montana court has blocked a state law that severely restricts the right to vote for Native Americans. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and Native American Rights Fund successfully sought the preliminary injunction halting the so-ca  more

American Civil Liberties Union of Montana: Court Blocks Montana Law That Restricts Voting Rights of Native Americans
MISSOULA, Montana, July 8 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana issued the following news on July 7: Yellowstone County District Court has blocked a state law that severely restricts the right to vote for Native Americans. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and Native American Rights Fund successfully sought the preliminary injunction halting the so-called Montana Ballot Interference Prevention ACT (BIPA), which imposed severe restrictions on ballot collection eff  more

Earthjustice: 9th Circuit Upholds Endangered Species Protections for Yellowstone Grizzlies
SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 9 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Montana District Court's opinion that reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for the Yellowstone region's grizzly bear population. The decision spares the grizzlies from plans for trophy hunts in the states of Wyoming and Idaho. Earthjustice, representing the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and National Parks Conservation  more

In Yet Another Blow to Keystone XL, Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Revive Key Water-Crossing Permit
WASHINGTON, July 7 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release on July 6: The U.S. Supreme Court declined a request from TC Energy and the Trump administration to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed under Nationwide Permit 12, a key water-crossing permit for pipelines that a district court found unlawful. The court also issued a partial stay of the district court's decision as it applies to other pipelines while a full appeal of the decision moves forward. In  more

Institute for Justice Releases New-Educational Choice Guide to State Constitutions After Espinoza
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 8 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release: After last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which held that it is unconstitutional to exclude religious schools from private educational choice programs, the Institute for Justice (IJ), which litigated the Espinoza case on behalf of parents, released a 50-state guide to help policymakers in each state better understand the impact of Espinoza in their  more

Lynda Wightman Named Recipient of Irrigation Association's 2020 Industry Achievement Award
FAIRFAX, Virginia, July 9 -- The Irrigation Association issued the following news release: The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that Lynda Wightman of Missoula, Montana, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Industry Achievement Award. This award is the IA's highest honor and recognizes an individual whose career demonstrates outstanding contributions to the advancement of the irrigation industry, as well as its products and programs. Lynda Wightman retired from Hunter Industri  more

Montana Chamber of Commerce Releases Its Seventh Biennial Review of the Montana Supreme Court
HELENA, Montana, July 11 -- The Montana Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Montana Chamber presents its 2020 Judicial Review of more than 50 Montana Supreme Court decisions from 2018 and 2019 that impacted business and the economy. You can read the Judicial Review here (https://www.montanachamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-Judicial-Review-FINAL.pdf). "The Montana Chamber is one of the only organizations that reviews court decisions with special attention to th  more

National Association of Attorneys General Launches Podcast Series
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- The National Association of Attorneys General issued the following news release on July 8: The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has launched a biweekly podcast series, The People's Lawyer, to explore the role of state and territory attorneys general as chief legal officers and their work protecting the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. The podcast was launched in coordination with NAAG President and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox's Presidential Ini  more

National Association of State Energy Officials: REV West States Designate Over 3,000 Miles of Highway Electric Charging Corridors
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 7 -- The National Association of State Energy Officials issued the following news: On June 23, the Federal Highway Administration announced the newest designations into the Alternative Fuels Corridors program. Across the eight states in the REV West partnership (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) five new designations of "corridor-ready" for Electric Vehicles were made, covering 164 miles of highway. An additional thirteen designa  more

National Parks Conservation Association: Victory - 9th Circuit Upholds Endangered Species Protections for Yellowstone Grizzlies
SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 9 -- The National Parks Conservation Association issued the following news release on July 8: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Montana District Court's opinion that reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for the Yellowstone region's grizzly bear population. The decision spares the grizzlies from plans for trophy hunts in the states of Wyoming and Idaho. Earthjustice, representing the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Sierra Club, Center for Biological D  more

WildEarth Guardians: Yellowstone Grizzlies to Stay on Endangered List
MISSOULA, Montana, July 9 -- WildEarth Guardians issued the following news release: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Trump administration and state of Wyoming's appeal of a 2018 decision restoring endangered species protections for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears. The original decision halted states' planned trophy hunts in the ecosystem, which would have harmed other imperiled populations of grizzly bears. WildEarth Guardians, represented by the We  more