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Posted inPublic Service Commission

Federal judges skeptical of ‘wait until 2023’ argument in PSC redistricting case

A panel of federal judges assembled to hear a lawsuit challenging the districts used to elect Montana’s Public Service Commission indicated in a ruling Thursday that they’re hesitant to wait until 2023 to give the Montana Legislature a chance to update the districts for population change at its next regular session. Instead, the judges extended an earlier ruling preventing the Montana secretary of state from certifying candidates for the two districts up for election this fall while the lawsuit proceeds.

Posted inTaxes

Lawsuit seeks halt on signature gathering for property tax cap initiative

The backers of a constitutional initiative that would cap property tax increases on Montana homeowners have been cleared by Montana’s secretary of state to start gathering the signatures they need to have the initiative placed on the 2022 ballot. But a lawsuit filed Thursday argues that efforts by Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen and Attorney General Austin Knudsen to review the initiative failed to meet the letter of a new law requiring that ballot initiatives be screened for their potential impact on Montana businesses.