Montana

Montana is the 4th largest US state by area, at just over 147,000 sq.miles, but ranks only 43rd in terms of population, with just over 1 million inhabitants in the state. It is the 3rd most-sparsely populated of the US states. It was the 41st state admitted to the Union on November 8, 1889.

Ranching and agriculture are the primary sources of the state’s economic production. Oil, gas, hard-rock mining, and lumber, are among other contributing factors to the state’s economy. And, tourism is the fastest-growing economic sector. Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, are among the most visited tourist-attractions in the state. The state has thousands of named rivers and creeks running through it, with 450-miles being prominently known for blue-ribbon trout fishing.

In addition to the three tourist attractions, Montana has several other protected lands in the state. The National Bison Range, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Center, and Bighole National Battlefield, are among the protected lands in the state. Montana is also a hub for microbreweries in the US. It is ranked third in the US for the number of craft microbreweries throughout the state. The state is also prominently known for its year-round outdoor sports activities including: golf, horseback riding, cycling, and skiing, among other popular outdoor activities.

Throughout its voting history, the state has elected a Democratic President only 11 occasions, and voted Republican in 21-elections. The state has three electoral college votes in each Presidential election.

The government of the State of Montana is composed of three branches, the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative. The powers of initiative and referendum are reserved for the citizens of Montana.

The Executive branch is led by the chief executive—the Governor, and his second in command the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary Of State, the Attorney General, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Auditor, and by the staff and employees of the 14 executive branch agencies.

The Legislative branch consists of a bicameral legislature, like the majority of other states.  The state’s House of Representatives has 100 members, and the state senate has 50.  The Montana State Legislature convenes in odd number years, for 90 day periods.

The Judicial branch in the State of Montana consists of the Supreme Court, comprised of a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices.  There are District courts, Water Court and other Courts of Limited Jurisdiction; including the Justice Courts Municipal Courts, and City Courts.  Additionally, the state has a Workers’ Compensation Court with jurisdiction over worker’s compensation issues in the state.

The National Law Review covers state news from Montana as it unfolds. Minimum wage and labor/employment related coverage, biosimilars and energy stories, marijuana legalization, tax-reform, and federal agency news, are among the leading stories visitors will find online. The National Law Review continually updates legal stories, so visitors will always find relevant content related to the state, its citizens, and the US in general.

 

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May
28
2024
Republican AGs Seek Intervention of U.S. Supreme Court to Block Climate Change Lawsuits filed by Blue States Against Fossil Fuel Industry Mintz
Feb
1
2024
Montana Attorney General Confirms Certain Earned Wage Access Products Are Not Loans Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jan
29
2024
Fast Forward to 2024: Latest Developments in Broadband Projects and BEAD Funding Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Jan
9
2024
The Comprehensive Privacy Law Deluge: Record-Keeping and Related Requirements Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Jan
9
2024
Current Status of US State Privacy Law Deluge: It’s 2024, Do You Know Where Your Privacy Program’s At? Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Dec
28
2023
2023 Round-Up on State Consumer Data Privacy Laws Mintz
Dec
11
2023
State and Local Hourly Minimum Wage Rate Increases are “Coming to Town” on January 1, 2024 Polsinelli PC
Nov
30
2023
Montana Supreme Court Finds Minimum Contacts in Social Media Posts Targeting State Residents Proskauer Rose LLP
Nov
6
2023
Data Protection Update: Q4 Noteworthy Dates Jackson Lewis P.C.
Oct
11
2023
Chat with Caution: The Growing Data Privacy Compliance and Litigation Risk of Chatbots Pierce Atwood LLP
Oct
2
2023
The Comprehensive Privacy Law Deluge: Impact on Loyalty Programs Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Sep
12
2023
Update: Processing Sensitive Personal Information under U.S. State Privacy Laws Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Sep
12
2023
Update: Processing Sensitive Personal Information under U.S. State Privacy Laws Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Sep
11
2023
Montana Residents Challenge State Energy Policy as Unconstitutional Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Aug
24
2023
Seven States Have Upcoming Privacy Laws Robinson & Cole LLP
Aug
22
2023
Three Environmental Trends Illustrated by Montana Kids’ Climate Decision ArentFox Schiff LLP
Aug
18
2023
State Privacy Law Roundup: What Financial Services Entities Need to Know Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Aug
15
2023
Montana Judge Rules That Youth Plaintiffs' Right to a Healthy Environment Includes Consideration of the Impact of GHG Emissions and Climate Change Mintz
Aug
10
2023
Part 3: An Update on the Federal and State E-Roe-sion or P-Roe-tection of Abortion Rights Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Aug
8
2023
Montana Passes Law Regulating Facial Recognition Use by Police Blank Rome LLP
Jul
27
2023
State Privacy Law Roundup: What Retailers Need to Know Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Jul
21
2023
State Comprehensive Privacy Laws – Beaver State Makes a Dozen Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Jul
18
2023
Montana Enacts Genetic Information Privacy Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
Jun
16
2023
Privacy Tip #364 – Montana Enacts Genetic Information Privacy Law Robinson & Cole LLP
Jun
14
2023
The Comprehensive Privacy Law Deluge: Approaching Choice and Rights Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Jun
9
2023
The BR Privacy & Security Download: June 2023 Blank Rome LLP
Jun
9
2023
TikTok Challenges Montana’s Unprecedented Statewide Ban Proskauer Rose LLP
Jun
2
2023
Montana’s Comprehensive Privacy Law Signed by the Governor Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
May
31
2023
Mintz May Madness: Montana’s New Consumer Data Privacy Law Follows the Leaders ... and we’re not talking about California! Mintz
May
31
2023
Montana Passes 9th Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Law in the U.S. Jackson Lewis P.C.
May
30
2023
The Comprehensive US Privacy Law Deluge: Which US Privacy Laws Apply to Your Company? Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
May
24
2023
Montana Governor Signs Big Sky’s Privacy Law Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
May
23
2023
Processing Sensitive Personal Information under U.S. State Privacy Laws Greenberg Traurig, LLP
May
18
2023
Four More States Pass Consumer Privacy Statutes Robinson & Cole LLP
May
18
2023
Montana and Tennessee join Indiana and Iowa as the Next States to Pass Comprehensive Privacy Laws Katten
 

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