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Polson lawmaker introduces, then kills tribal law enforcement bill


February 28, 2017

In the policymaking sprint of Montana’s every-other-year Legislature, not every bill is destined to pass. Nor are they necessarily intended to, as was the case with House Bill 450.

Sponsored by Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, the measure would have obligated Montana to pick up Lake County’s prosecution, detention and court costs for felony cases involving tribal members on the Flathead Indian Reservation. After narrowly passing the House Judiciary Committee on a 10-9 vote, the bill was unanimously voted down by the House on Friday, 100-0.


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