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Randall Pinocci


Primary races are crowded for the Republican-dominated Montana Public Service Commission, which sets customer rates and approves new power, water and legacy telecommunications projects by regulated utilities in the state.

Edit 5/13/20: This article has been corrected to reflect that the suit was filed in Lewis and Clark County.

The body that regulates electric utilities in Montana is asking a court to rule on what information it must disclose to news media outlets after they filed public records requests earlier this year.

A member of the council that regulates Montana energy utilities tried to officially censure a fellow commissioner this week. The two commissioners disagree over whether infighting stops them from doing their regulatory responsibility.


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Montana Legislature

The Montana House today approved a bill to screen everyone who applies for financial assistance for drug abuse.

The sponsor, Republican Randall Pinocci of Sun River, says the bill is not about punishing people.

Drug Testing For Food Stamp Recipients On Monday's Legislative Agenda

Jan 16, 2015
Montana Capitol, Helena, MT.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

On Monday, the Montana Legislature will hear a contentious bill sponsored by Republican Representative Randall Pinocci. House Bill 200 would require drug testing for those who claim to have had a drug problem in a form used to apply for food stamps.

Pinocci says this bill could protect children.