The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Michael Siebert
UM Community News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

School choice, legislators with guns, veterans home spark debate at Montana Legislature


February 1, 2017

Cole Grant/UM Community News Service.

Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would change Montana law to allow legislators to carry guns inside the Capitol.

Montana lawmakers heard broad support last week for the construction of a new veterans home in Butte. During the final hearing on House Bill 14, which would fund a wide variety of infrastructure projects primarily through bonding, dozens of Montana veterans spoke to the shelter's necessity.

"It's time that we make a commitment to these veterans," said Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, a Vietnam veteran. "If we're gonna send them, we've got to take care of them." Montana currently has two state-run homes for veterans. The Butte home was initially approved in 2009, when $5 million in funding was...

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