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Sen. Daines announces grant for grizzly bear management

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced Tuesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) renewed a $250,000 grant to help reduce grizzly bear and human conflicts in Montana. "This funding is critical to help reduce grizzly-human conflicts in Montana as we continue working to delist the grizzly bear and return management to the state," Daines said. The USFWS grant to the Montana Wildlife Services will include: • Additional support through the Wildlife Services contract to address bear and h… Continue Reading


Daines measure ending tribal water dispute becomes law

A bipartisan bill offered by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) that permanently settles a century-long tribal water dispute in his home state recently became law as part of the roughly $1.4 trillion omnibus appropriations package signed by the president. "I'm very glad I could play a direct role in getting this done, and I thank President Trump for signing our bill into law," said Sen. Daines on Dec. 27. The Montana Water Rights Protection Act, S. 3019, which Sen. Daines sponsored in December 2019… Continue Reading


Congress Repeals Anti-Trust Exemptions Over AHIP Objections

Both houses of Congress have voted to repeal an anti-trust exemption in the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 which protects payers from federal competition laws. The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2020 amended the McCarran-Ferguson Act to include the following statement: "Nothing contained in this Act shall modify, impair, or supersede the operation of any of the antitrust laws with respect to the business of health insurance (including the business of dental insurance and limited-sco… Continue Reading


Tonix Plans Vaccine Development Plant In Hamilton

A New Jersey biopharmaceutical company, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp., has purchased 44 acres on the northeast edge of Hamilton and plans to build a vaccine development and commercial manufacturing facility. According to a news release on its website, the company will use the Montana plant and a new facility in Massachusetts to help develop and produce vaccines. The Tonix statement said their vaccine candidates are "led by modified horsepox vaccines, TNX-1800, a potential COVID-19 vaccine… Continue Reading


Historic Water Rights act becomes law

PABLO - Time crawls by until it's passed - then it has flown by. Such is the case of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Federal Reserved Water Rights Compact (FRWRC), officially known as the Montana Water Rights Protection Act (MWRPA). After decades of discussions and official negotiations with the Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission (MRWRCC), the CSKT's FRWRC was signed into law by the president of the United States Monday. All that was needed to ratify the MWRPA was the… Continue Reading


Daines bill provides relief for breweries, distilleries

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was just signed into law, providing permanent tax relief and supporting jobs across Montana to small, locally-owned breweries and distilleries. The bill was created by Montana Sen. Steve Daines. "In Montana, we're home to some of the best craft breweries in the country," Daines said in a press release. "Now, with my bipartisan bill being signed into law, these small businesses will have permanent tax relief which will create jobs across Montana… Continue Reading


Montana breweries, distilleries get tax relief from spending package

(KPAX) HELENA - Now that President Donald Trump has signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding package, Montana breweries and distilleries will receive some much-needed tax relief. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was incorporated into the year-end legislative package. It makes a reduced tax rate on small brewers and distillers permanent, after it was initially approved for two years, then extended for one more. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines both … Continue Reading


Save Our Stages relief bill finally gives entertainment venues crucial help

BILLINGS - The last time we checked in with the Pub Station was back in May. They had already been shut down for two months because of the pandemic, and figured that financial help was on the way any time. It's been seven months since then, and they still don't have any money in their accounts - but they will soon. "What we accomplished nationally - what I read at least in the New York Times - I believe it was the biggest public investment in art in history," said Pub Station co-owner Sean Lyn… Continue Reading


Guest view: Montana dentists applaud Daines, health-insurance bill

During the 2020 election, U.S. Senator Daines was hammered by detractors as beholden to insurance companies. Nothing could be further from the truth, as evidenced by a landmark insurance reform bill that passed last week, with Senator Daines as its foremost champion. While all eyes were watching the pandemic stimulus bill vote in the U.S. Senate on Monday, there was another significant bill that passed with little fanfare. The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (CHIRA) will remove antitrus… Continue Reading


Montana breweries and distilleries get tax relief from Congressional spending package

HELENA - Now that President Donald Trump has signed a $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding package, Montana breweries and distilleries will receive some much-needed tax relief. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was incorporated into the year-end legislative package. It makes a reduced tax rate on small brewers and distillers permanent, after it was initially approved for two years, then extended for one more. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines both co-spon… Continue Reading


NSSF Profile Q & A: Republican Montana State Senator Steve Daines

Who introduced you to hunting/shooting sports and at what age? As a fifth-generation Montanan, hunting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started off shooting gophers in Montana when I was eight years old, with a Winchester .22. Describe your most recent hunting/shooting sports activity? With whom? Killed a nice buck antelope in October with my 6.5 PRC with 143g Hornady ELDX. Then helped my wife kill a very nice muley with the same gun, a month later. Describe your f… Continue Reading


Trump signs coronavirus relief bill

President Donald Trump signed the bill that provides $900 billion in relief funds late Sunday night, saying that he will send a redlined version back to Congress with a formal rescission request to remove wasteful spending from the bill. "I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child," Trump said, adding, "I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistanc… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Bipartisan Bill Settling Century Long Montana Water Dispute Signed Into Law

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester celebrated their bipartisan bill, the "Montana Water Rights Protection Act," being signed into law by President Trump. The bill permanently settles the century long CSKT water dispute, supports Montana jobs, modernizes rural infrastructure and protects the water rights of all Montanans. "After years of a lot of effort, our bipartisan bill that settles the century long CSKT water dispute is now law," Daines said. "This is a huge win for al… Continue Reading


Gazette opinion: Daines deserves much credit for speedy delivery of vaccines

As the two approved COVID-19 vaccines roll out, their incredibly quick of development and production give us great hope the 2021 will bring the state, the country and the world some relief. It can't come soon enough. One in one thousand Americans - at a minimum - have died of the virus in the past nine months, including more than 900 Montanans. Even as we navigate the bitter politics and division that led up to, and followed, last month's election, one utterly apolitical thing must be pointed … Continue Reading


Water compact squeezes into congressional spending package

A century-long debate over water rights in the state is nearing an end, providing certainty for farmers and ranchers in southwest Montana. The Montana Water Rights Protection Act passed the U.S. Congress this week as part of a major coronavirus relief and year-end appropriations package. It next needs President Donald Trump's signature, which isn't yet certain because he objected Tuesday to some of the package. It may have to return to Congress for revisions and another vote. Once the act bec… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester push FCC to prioritize Telehealth funding for Montana

HELENA - Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester signed a bipartisan letter Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prioritize COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding in Montana and other rural states. According to an email from Sen. Daines' office, Montana was one of three states that did not receive financial assistance for the program amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is the letter signed by Sen. Daines and Sen. Tester:… Continue Reading


New law promotes veteran recovery programs

A bill championed by U.S. Senator Steve Daines which will promote outdoor veteran recovery programs and expands outdoor recreational opportunities for veterans on public lands was recently signed into law. According to a press release from Daines' off, the bipartisan "Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act" will help create treatment and therapy opportunities for veterans on public lands and outdoor spaces. "The outdoors is critical to our Montana way of life and can help Montana veterans… Continue Reading


Pharmaceutical company plans to build vaccine facility in Hamilton

Hamilton will be the site of a new vaccine production facility. Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Company announced Wednesday that it had purchased about 44 acres of land that was once part of the original Bitter Root Stock Farm from Ilona Bessenyey and her husband, Peter Van Tuyn. The property is located on the eastern edge of Hamilton. The site is intended to become the home of a vaccine production facility and is expected to create a number of professional and support jobs. The site is large en… Continue Reading


Tonix Pharmaceuticals buys 44 acres in Hamilton, plans vaccine production facility

HAMILTON - Saying that humans will have to coexist with variations of COVID-19, a pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey plans to open a new production facility in Hamilton for the development of domestic vaccines, including those aimed at coronavirus. The company, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (TNXP), closed on 44 acres of land off Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton, where it plans to break ground on the new facility in late 2021. The deal was brokered by Sterling Commercial Real Es… Continue Reading


Omnibus includes historic water rights settlement

A Montana tribe is having a "once in a lifetime moment" after a water compact with the federal government passed Monday night, tucked inside the massive spending and pandemic aid package. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana (CSKT) compact, amounting to $1.9 billion, is the largest tribal water rights settlement in history by total federal cost. The year-end package also advanced other tribal water rights settlements, including for the Pueblos of Nambé, Pojoaque, Tesuq… Continue Reading

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