Posted: Jan 23, 2013 4:03 PM by MTN News
On Thursday, Montana's Senate Judiciary Committee will hear a bill that would specifically criminalize child endangerment. The state currently has a general endangerment law, but not one applying specifically to children. Democrat Mitch Tropila of Great Falls introduced the bill, which sets potential sentences at $50,000 and 10 years in prison.
Also on Thursday, the Joint Select Committee on Pensions will hold its first hearings on the state employee pension system. The committee will consider two bills that would increase the amount of money that teachers must contribute to their retirement accounts.
And the House State Administration Committee will hear a bill that would establish a state historical rifle. Republican Edward Greef of Florence proposes selecting the Winchester Model 1873, a popular 19th-century weapon known as "the gun that won the West."