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'Law School,' State Budget, Seatbelts On Legislative Agenda

The 2017 Montana Legislative session will continue Tuesday morning with a "law school" aimed at new legislators to help them understand the law-making process.
Republican Representative Rob Cook sees the state budget as a central issue this time around:

"We have to make some fairly substantial cuts across the board. Right now we’re looking at accepting the governor’s packages of cuts, and actually going a little bit lower than that," Cook says.

Lawmakers are also considering 225 other introduced bills. Democratic Representative Virginia Court says a bill that would create a primary seatbelt law will save lives in Montana:

"You can only be stopped for not wearing a seatbelt if you have a tail light out, or you’re speeding or something. This would make it a primary offense for not having it."

Thirty-four states currently have primary seat belt laws.

Cole Grant is a reporter with the UM Legislative News Service, brought to you by the University of Montana School of Journalism, the Montana Broadcasters Association and the Greater Montana Foundation.

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