If passed by voters on Nov. 6, Initiative 186 would require the Department of Environmental Quality to deny a permit for any new hardrock mines in Montana unless the reclamation plan provides clear and convincing evidence that the mine will not require perpetual treatment of water polluted by acid mine drainage or other contaminants.
The biggest non-candidate races on the Montana ballot are unlikely to be decided on Election Day.
The battle over taxing tobacco to pay for Medicaid expansion is too close to call, according to a Montana Television Network News and Montana State University poll on state ballot initiatives announced Wednesday.
HELENA — Montana's Republican secretary of state told officials to award an emergency $265,000 contract to a printing company owned by a Republican political consultant and former executive of the state GOP for mailers that would fix mistakes in the state's election guide.
One of the most contentious ballot issues facing Montana voters this fall is whether to deny permits to mines that require perpetual treatment of water.
Opponents of a ballot initiative seeking restrictions on new mining permits filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices alleging proponents sent text messages that do not comply with campaign law and contain false information.
Backers of a Montana citizen's initiative that would add new mining regulations say a foreign-owned company is illegally bankrolling an industry campaign against the proposal.
The Montana Secretary of State's office has mailed out an addendum to the voter information pamphlet at a total cost of over $265,000.
Industry-funded opponents of Montana citizen's initiatives to raise the state's tobacco tax and add new mining regulations are vastly outspending the measures' supporters to put their messages in front of voters about a month before Election Day, according to campaign finance reports.
Backers of a ballot initiative to restrict mining permits in Montana sent a cease-and-desist letter to TV stations Monday, demanding that an ad opposing the measure stop airing.
Just looking at the dollar figures behind I-186, the initiative to add restrictions to mining permits, it appears the donations from proponent…
Backers of a Montana initiative aimed at reducing mining pollution said Monday that water quality problems and cleanup costs borne by taxpayers demonstrate current regulations that govern the industry aren't enough.
Supporters of a citizen initiative aimed at limiting mine pollution in Montana rallied in front of the state Capitol Tuesday, saying they collected nearly 20,000 more signatures than legally required to put the measure in front of Montana voters.
The fight over an environmental initiative that would affect how new mines are permitted is heating up.
The Montana Mining Association lost a court battle Tuesday trying to stop an environmental initiative aimed at limiting pollution from new hard rock mines if it passes.
Three weeks after an initiative meant to limit pollution from new mines got the green light for supporters to try and get it on the ballot, a mining group has asked the state Supreme Court to declare it invalid.
The group called Yes for Responsible Mining had people on the streets in Missoula and Bozeman by 1:30 p.m. Thursday gathering signatures to get their environmental initiative, I-186, on the ballot and before voters by November.
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