Schweitzer's last stand 

Political columnist George Ochenski previews a legislative session that promises to be contentious

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Follow the fireworks

The state offers a number of different ways to follow the action in Helena and make your voice heard.

Watch, listen and learn

The Legislature website provides live broadcasts of floor sessions and committee hearings, as well as archived footage. For live coverage, floor sessions generally begin at 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. most Saturdays.

To access both audio and video broadcasts, visit www.leg.mt.gov/broadcast.

The session is also broadcast on cable television. Western Montana stations include:

Missoula: Channel 67

Bigfork: Channel 67

Kalispell: Channel 67

Columbia Falls: Channel 67

Hamilton: Channel 17

Libby: Channel 17

Stevensville: Channel 37

Polson: Channel 97

Ronan: Channel 97



Speaking up

Find your legislator—and their e-mail address—at http://leg.mt.gov/css/findalegislator.asp.

click to enlarge The Montana House convenes during the first week of the 2011 Legislature. The budget stands out as lawmakers’ top priority. - PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER
  • Photo by Chad Harder
  • The Montana House convenes during the first week of the 2011 Legislature. The budget stands out as lawmakers’ top priority.

If you want to leave a message for a legislator by phone, call the Session Information Desk at (406) 444-4800. This service is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to adjournment on Saturdays.

To reach a legislator by mail, address letters to:

Senator (NAME)

Montana Senate

P.O. Box 200500

Helena, MT 59620-0500

Or

Representative(NAME)

Montana House of Representatives

P.O. Box 200400

Helena, MT 59620-0400



Geek out

Find more information on the 2011 Regular Session, including a database of bill draft requests and status, at http://leg.mt.gov/css/sessions/62nd/default.asp. For more information than you could possibly want about current laws, the lawmaking process and the history of state government, visit http://leg.mt.gov.

Helena's George Ochenski rattles the cage of the political establishment as a political analyst for the Independent. Read his weekly column on page 9, or contact Ochenski at opinion@missoulanews.com.

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