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By Austin Amestoy
UM Legislative News Service 

First Week of 67th Legislative Session Sees New Governor, COVID-19 Plans and Gun Bills


January 13, 2021

HELENA -- A bill to reduce COVID-19 liability for Montana businesses and the first meeting of the Legislature's COVID-19 panel came during the first week of the session, a day after Republican leadership confirmed the first known positive test for the virus in a legislator late Thursday.

Presumptive Chair of the COVID-19 panel, Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, announced in a press release Thursday that Rep. David Bedey, R-Hamilton, tested positive for the virus and was quarantining away from the Capitol.

According to the release, Bedey came into contact with the virus outside the Capitol before...

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