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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Montana Newsletter for Sunday March 03, 2024 ( 4 items )  

Earthjustice: Montana Supreme Court Overturns District Court Ruling That Blocked Mine's Operating Permit
HELENA, Montana, Feb. 27 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2024: The Montana Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Sandfire Resources (Tintina) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), reinstating the operating permit for the proposed 1,888-acre Black Butte Copper Mine in the Smith River watershed. The decision overturned a district court ruling in favor of conservation groups, which found that the state's review of the mine did not adequately addre  more

Planned Parenthood: In a Win for Montanans, Multiple Abortion Restrictions Permanently Blocked
BILLINGS, Montana, March 1 -- Planned Parenthood of Montana issued the following news release on Feb. 29, 2024: Today, a trial court granted Planned Parenthood of Montana's motion for summary judgment, permanently blocking a slate of anti-abortion laws from taking effect in Montana. During the 2021 legislative session, Montana lawmakers enacted several restrictions: a 20-week abortion ban; restrictions on medication abortions, including a ban on direct-to-patient telehealth medication abortions  more

WTA Discusses E-ACAM Locations With FCC
HELENA, Montana, Feb. 27 -- WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband issued the following news: On February 22, representatives from WTA and JSI met with staff from the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Economic Analysis to discuss concerns regarding the true-up of Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (E-ACAM) locations that is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2025. Specifically, WTA expressed its concern with the material and substantial change between the WCB's ass  more

WTA Joins Industry Letter to FCC on E-ACAM Locations
HELENA, Montana, Feb. 28 -- WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband issued the following news on Feb. 27, 2024: On February 26, WTA joined NTCA and US Telecom in sending a letter to the FCC reiterating concerns about not abiding by the Order creating the Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (E-ACAM) program, which made clear that initial E-ACAM offer amounts would be adjusted to "reflect locations and broadband deployment that existed at the time the Enhanced A-CAM offers were made, but we  more