A House bill that would fund nearly half of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ warden budget with federal dollars for the next two years has put the agency at odds with members of the Legislature.
House Bill 2, the state budget bill, would take $5.1 million next year and $5.4 million in 2019 from federal tax dollars collected from the sale of fishing and hunting gear to help fund FWP’s law enforcement division — almost half of the $11.6 million warden budget. The measure passed the House on its third reading by a vote of 58-40 on March 17 and goes before the Senate for hearings on March 27 and 28.
To read more visit the Billings Gazette article by Brett French here: http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/bill-complicates-montana-warden-funding/article_c1c1ef54-f265-5d1a-9987-5af93094313d.html
Info and photo via Billings Gazette
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