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SIDNEY HERAlD Around our area legislators BY JOEL KRAUTTER STATE REPRESENTATIVE The first half of 'the 66th legislative session is completed and it went relatively smoothly, with the big debates still to come in the second half. The high-point was the passage of House Bill 159, sponsored by Bozeman Republican Bruce Grubbs, providing $77 million to our public school system for infla- tionary increases. By law, school districts must finalize their budgets by the end of March so that their funding request can be placed on the May ballot. In past sessions, it was common for the legisla- ture to not act to affirm inflationary increases before the March dead- line, leaving our schools to guess what funding would be available. During the first half there were a number of oil and gas, health care, and agriculture bills that I was glad to support. Two important oil and gas bills that passed the House and I supported were HB 213 and SB 28. HB 213 moves the trigger price for oil tax rates for stripper well exemp- tion production from the average West Texas Index quarterly price to an individualized price received by the producer for that quarter, helping Montana ,oil producers. SB 28 removes the price trigger that deter- mines the tax rate on incremental oil produc- tion from an approved tertiary recovery project, such as 002 injection for oil production that we are hoping to encourage. One bill that aims to reduce the cost of health insurance premiums is SB 83, which takes on Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM’s), the prescription drug mid- dle-men. This bill came in front of my House Business and Labor Committee, where we prepare for second liqu SUBMITTED Republicans Sen. Dan Solomon, Rep. Bruce Grubbs, Rep. Joel Krautter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen attend the bill signing for HB 159 with Gov. Steve Bullock. heard from pharmacists about strong-arm tactics employed by PBM’s to prohibit pharmacists from participating in class-action lawsuits, gagging pharmacists from telling patients , about cheaper or more efficient alternative pre- . scription drugs and even prohibiting pharmacists from mailing prescrip- tion drugs to patients. This bill passed the Senate and House and is now on the governor’s desk. On the agriculture front, the House passed HB 332 to require county commissioners to give approval before wild bi- son can be released into a county. We also passed House Joint Resolution 28 that requested the Bureau of Land Man- agement deny a grazing permit to the American Prairie Reserve. The second half of the session will be domi- nated by discussions regarding finalizing the state budget, a statewide infrastructure package involving bonding and what will happen to the Medicaid program that is set to sunset in June. The legislature has previously resisted developing a compre- hensive, forward looking plan that makes con- sistent investments in maintaining our infra— structure. Rep. Eric Moore from Miles City took the ini- tiative to put forward an infrastructure funding framework to ensure annual infrastructure investments. This plan is encouraging because it will safeguard the taxpayer and our bond rating, with the yearly contribution scaled to fit within existing revenues. Turning to the Med- icaid expansion debate, the consensus from other lawmakers is that unless reasonable reforms are put in place to ensure the program remains a hand up rather than a handout, it will not be continued. Rep. Ed But- trey is introducing the Medicaid Reform and Integrity Act, that makes changes to the current Medicaid program to en- sure it strikes the right balance of helping those who need it most, while also requiring sensible work requirements and asset tests. Lastly and most impor- tantly, the state budget is on track to be able to pay for all of the needed functions of govern- ment, while living with- in our means without tax . increases and leaving an . approximate $300 million ending fund balance. Hopefully that positive track will continue as we near the finish line. Notionol Asbestos Awareness Week promoted by senators U.S. Sens. Jon Tes- ter and Steve Daines championed legislation to designate April 1-7, 2019 “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” The bipartisan resolu- tion raises awareness about asbestos-caused diseases and urges the US. Surgeon General to teach Americans about the substance’s risks. “We have tragically lost too many Montanans to diseases caused by asbestos,” Tester said. “As clean up continues in places like Libby and Troy, we’ve got to ensure that folks understand the dangers of asbestos so we can reduce exposure risks.” “Asbestos caused diseases have tragically claimed the lives of far too many Montanans,” Daines said. “By shed- ding light on the dangers of asbestos exposure, we can work to protect the health of Montanans state wide and ensure that what happened in Libby and Troy never happen again.” Since WR. Grace closed its Libby ver- miculite mine in 1990, more than 200 residents have died and thousands more are suffering from asbestos-related diseases. Clean up efforts began in 2002 when Libby, Troy, and surrounding com- munities were placed on the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List. It can take anywhere from 10 to 50 years to develop symptoms of asbestos-related diseas- . es, which continue to kill thousands of Americans each year. “We would like to thank both of Montana’s senators who have, once again, taken a stand to support asbestos aware- ness,” said Dr. Brad Black of the Libby CARD Clinic. “Asbestos is not a problem of the past, it is a problem that has not yét been resolved, so ensuring ongoing public ~~ awareness is a step in SkilledNursing TermLife the right direction to protect human health.” FigaralExpenses 93 gcancer etiniversatuie «SShortTgrmDisability 309 End St NW, Sidney. MT 59270 Phone: (406) 488-4366 UNlON GATEWAY AGENCY, inc. 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Try not to use hard—dry- ing adhesives as this will restrict the motion of the tail in the water. To form the lateral line, tie in a few strands of magnum flashabou on each side of the streamer. Once secure, whip finish and cement the thread head, and add a stick-on eye with a drop of head cement over the flashabou at the point just behind the thread head, where the body starts. With that, the fly is done and ready for a rush of spring pike! The fly can be down- sized and shortened when fishing for small- mouth bass and larger trout and can be tied longer on bigger hooks when fishing for monster pike or muskies. In the water, the tail wiggles with each strip of the line and the individual fibers pulsate as it moves, providing both a macro- and micro- action all in one offering. When wet, the fly may weigh a bit more. ' 139132 U6!“