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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Montana Newsletter for Sunday November 17, 2019 ( 5 items )  

American Football Coaches Association: College of Idaho Clinches Playoff Berth With Win Over Montana-Western
WACO, Texas, Nov. 11 -- The American Football Coaches Association issued the following news: Trailing 20-10 at halftime, the College of Idaho scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to beat Montana-Western, 38-27. The win clinched the Coyotes first-ever Frontier Conference championship and guaranteed their first post-season appearance since the 1953 Refrigerator Bowl. College of Idaho held their No. 6 spot in the AFCA NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll while the loss dropped Montana-Western out  more

Americans United Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Religious Freedom, Public Education in Montana
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued the following news release: In December 2018, the Montana Supreme Court struck down a private school voucher program that used tax credits to divert public funds to private religious schools. This decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue protected both religious freedom and public education because taxpayers should not be forced to pay for religious education or private schools that can discriminate a  more

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty: Supreme Court Should Uphold the Law's Distinctive Treatment of Religion in Espinoza
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty issued the following news release: * * * - Hollman: SCOTUS should not upend how religious liberty is protected * * * Avoiding government funding of religion is a key protection for religious liberty that protects against government interference in religion. BJC filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue defending the unique treatment of religion in state constitutions. The case involv  more

Campaign for Accountability: Watchdogs Submit New Evidence Revealing That Interior Secretary Violated Ethics Rules to Benefit Former Client
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Campaign for Accountability issued the following news release: Today, Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a nonprofit watchdog group focused on public accountability, and Western Values Project (WVP), a Montana-based nonprofit conservation group, submitted additional evidence to ethics officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) and the Office of Government Ethics showing U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt continued to work with his former lobby  more

Humanists Support Montana's Enforcement of Church-State Separation at SCOTUS
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- The American Humanist Association issued the following news release: The American Humanist Association legal team joined other nontheist groups today in a Supreme Court amicus brief (http://americanhumanist.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Espinoza-v.-Montana-Dept.-of-Revenue-Amicus-Brief.pdf) opposing public funding of religious education. The issue at hand is a Montana scholarship program that provides a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for individuals and businesses who don  more