Surprise Ballot Initiative Would Allow Montana Landowners to Hunt Big Game Without Permits

A proposed ballot initiative that could have broad implications for Montana’s elk management and tribal relations will be the sole subject of a surprise state oversight committee Wednesday morning.

The legislature’s Environmental Quality Council, an interim super-committee of lawmakers and citizens, is scheduled to consider proposed Ballot Initiative 193 on Dec. 6. at 10 a.m. The meeting, which will be held via Zoom and not in person, caught even some council members by surprise.

“Even those of us on the committee will have zero notice, let alone the public,” says Missoula state representative Marilyn Marler, a member of the EQC...

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