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ACLU of Montana

Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney talk with reporters in the Capitol about restoring funding for some state budget cuts, July 25, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock says state agencies will soon see some of the more than $70 million in state budget cuts made during last November’s special session restored, because state revenues have bounced back.

“As we close the fiscal year we find that we’ll have the ability to put about $45 million to restore some of the cuts that occurred,” Bullock said.

Caitlin Borgmann, director of the Montana ACLU.
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana wants the state’s top elected officials to shield Montanans from aggressive federal immigration policy.

ACLU wants Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock, Attorney General Tim Fox and its entire congressional delegation to stem what it says are immigration-related human rights violations happening right here in Montana.

From left, Cate, Robbie, Claire and Maggie Gibbons sign a banner protesting “the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers,” addressed to Sen. Steve Daines at a protest outside of the Missoula County Courthouse in Missoula, Mont. on Saturday, June 30, 2018
Evan Frost

Thousands of people across Montana rallied Saturday as part of the nationwide “Families Belong Together” day of action protesting President Trump’s immigration policies.

In Missoula, clumps of protesters wielding signs and wearing silver foil blankets marched up and down Higgins Street, chanting, "Oh no, they’re not nice. What do we do? Abolish ICE."

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A 24-year old lawsuit over conditions at the Montana State Prison could finally be coming to a close Friday.

The ACLU of Montana and the state Department of Corrections are asking a judge to approve a settlement to address conditions at the prison for inmates with disabilities at a hearing in Missoula.

Alex Rate is the legal director for ACLU Montana.

"It’s an unfortunate reality that prisoners who are disabled face all sorts of barriers to accessing programs and accessing physical spaces," Rate said. "And that’s been the situation for many decades - not just at Montana State Prison, but across the country."

Border Agent Questions 2 Women For Speaking Spanish

May 21, 2018
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HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing an encounter between a Border Patrol agent and two women who were speaking Spanish at a gas station in northern Montana, the agency said Monday.

Allegations have been made before of law-enforcement officers in Montana racially profiling people to find out their immigration status.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana offered some advice to Republican Senator Steve Daines Wednesday. They want him to stop blocking Montana residents from his official government Twitter account.

“By blocking users, it prevents them from being able to engage in discourse about the various different issues that are raised by Senator Daines on his account," says ACLU of Montana attorney Elizabeth Ehret.

Zuri Moreno speaks at the launch of Free and Fair Montana campaign in Billings, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in this screen capture from Free and Fair Montana's Facebook video.
Screen capture from Free and Fair Montana's Facebook video.

A group called Free and Fair Montana is urging voters to oppose the so-called “bathroom ballot” initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that align with the gender on their birth certificate rather than the gender by which they live and identify.

Judge Issues Injunction In Montana Abortion Provider Case

Apr 9, 2018
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state judge says an advanced practice registered nurse and a certified nurse midwife can provide abortions in Montana while they challenge a state law — as long as they have the proper training.

The preliminary injunction comes in the case of two nurses who are challenging the constitutionality of a law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions.

A nurse in the Flathead Valley will ask a Montana district court Thursday to suspend a state law that limits who can and cannot perform abortions. She’s being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Only physicians and physicians assistants can legally perform abortions in Montana. It's a felony for others to perform the procedure.

Montana State University-Northern has resolved a discrimination complaint filed last year by a Native American student group.

The Havre-based university and the Sweetgrass Society student group signed on to the agreement, which settles the complaint alleging racial discrimination and First Amendment violations at the school.

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