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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