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by jhwygirl HB198, the eminent domain bill, is ugly folks. Governor Schweitzer knows it, having promised the day a majority in the Senate was fooled (having been heavily lobbied by not only NWE and Tonbridge, but by the Governor’s office) into voting for the thing. This is a bill that was pushed through the legislature […]

by jhwygirl The Senate Energy & Telecommunications tied 6-6 today in committee on HB198, and then subsequently voted to table the bill, effectively killing it. Senate Legislative Rules allow for the committee to reconsider its votes providing the committee has not yet reported to the Secretary of the Senate. Which is the likely explanation for […]

by jhwygirl Sen. Debby Barrett’s bill to repeal last session’s eminent domain debacle had it’s hearing in Senate Energy and Telecommunications yesterday. A roomful of people, with overflow out into the hall, testified overwhelmingly in support of SB180 Northwestern Energy’s attorney Mr. Fitzpatrick spent a significant amount of time – after great theatrical preparation for […]

by jhwygirl What could get me wanting to try and throw out a few words? A bill seeking to repeal last session’s eminent domain debacle, HB198. I won’t go into the past gory details on the 2011 eminent domain bill – you can click that link above for that – what I will do is […]

by jhwygirl This is rich, all things considered. Here in Montana we’ve got two Canadian companies working on condemnation of private property (via the gift of Governor Schweitzer and this past legislative session’s HB198) for their Canadian-incorporated tar sands pipeline and the MATL transmission lines. And in New York City there’s Canadian company Brookfield Properties, […]

by jhwygirl Got a press release from Northern Plains Resource Council yesterday announcing Forest Mars, Jr.’s buy-in to the Tongue River railroad, which is needed to transport the dirty filthy coal of Otter Creek from Montana to China. Later, I went and read my favorite supermontanareporter John S. Adams’ blog MT Lowdown and found a […]

by jhwygirl Word is that Sen. Jeff Essmann is preparing to add his name to the pile – and I do mean pile – of Montana Republicans seeking to the GOP gubernatorial nomination. His soon-to-be entry brings the number of candidates on the GOP side up to a 6-count: Rick Hill (who will quickly reduced […]

by jhwygirl HB198 was transmitted to Governor Schweitzer last Friday, April 29th. In his hands sits a bill that he knows is bad. Schweitzer is, in fact, quite the hypocrite when it comes to this eminent domain bill. He lobbied heavily for this bill, from the opening of the session when he called this eminent […]

by jhwygirl Started to write this post, but it appears there is a motion to reconsider on the House floor and now they’ve gone to recess. Time will tell whether they (and the citizens of Montana) got played…but it more than a few of them are wanting to correct the current deplorable situation. Update Well, […]

by jhwygirl HB198 was passed on third reading this morning in the Senate. I won’t rehash the ugly mess of this bill that will enable private major facility businesses to take private property for private gain – you can just put HB198 into the search there on the right for that background. That being said, […]

by jhwygirl Proponents of HB198, the 62nd Legislature’s eminent domain bill, repeatedly admitted during debate on the Senate floor this afternoon (after a successful morning “blast” of the bill to get it to 2nd reading) that this bill was written and moved through the legislature to solve one issue, and one issue only – the […]

by jhwygirl This is a press release from the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Northern Plains Pipeline Landowners Group regarding today’s Senate 2nd reading vote on HB198, the 62nd Legislature’s eminent domain bill. Northern Plains Resource Council, a grassroots conservation and family agriculture group since 1972, strongly condemned actions by the Montana State Senate […]

by jhwygirl Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Click on it and you’ll get a nice full-size version of it. It’s astounding, really, the politicians of both sides of the aisle lining up to hand over private property rights to corporations and private interests large and small. And foreign, at that! Tonbridge, a […]

by jhwygirl Once again, Montana is at a crossroads of importance with regards to the amount of power our legislators will hand to a private company for private gain. Oddly, you’d think that the concept of handing over condemnation rights for the private property of Montana citizens to a private corporations wouldn’t fly in a […]

by jhwygirl Eminent domain has been something that our Governor Brian Schweitzer wants addressed. What he and a whole bunch of others in both the legislature and in Canada and elsewhere want is for the Montana-Alberta Tie Limited (MATL) to be able to build its line where they want to build it. Meaning that Canadian […]

by jhwygirl 2nd Grade Bike Rack has an interesting post. HB198 has bi-partisan support both among the proposers and the the votes that moved it out of the House. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.




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