Capitol bureau reporter Seaborn Larson covers justice-related areas of state government and organizations that wield power.
"I think we're ready to move on to the next chapter," longtime weed opponent Steve Zabawa said Friday.
Justice Jim Shea authored the opinion Thursday, writing neither the state Constitution nor its framers' recorded intent required an independent commission to screen judicial applicants.
Montana is on track to ink a new contract with the private prison near Shelby by the end of the month, a deal that's come together under an different landscape than previous negotiations.
A District Court judge on Monday extended a temporary order blocking the implementation of a campus carry law passed by legislators earlier this year.
The applicants include Michele Reinhart Levine, who was appointed to the vacancy under the last administration but rejected by the state Senate in April.
Tuesday's filing is the latest in a flurry of constitutional challenges to legislation sponsored by Republican lawmakers.