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Conservation groups, counties sue to give lawmakers ability to override veto of marijuana revenue bill

Stakeholders involved with the crafting of Senate Bill 442 want a judge to compel Gov. Gianforte to initiate the process to override his veto

Interest groups filed a pair of lawsuits last week in an effort to allow lawmakers to override Gov. Greg Gianforte’s veto of Senate Bill 442, a bipartisan measure that spelled out how the state allocates taxes collected on the sale of recreational marijuana.

The lawsuit filed by Wild Montana and the Montana Wildlife Federation asks a Helena district court judge to declare Gianforte’s veto of the bill invalid unless and until he and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen ask lawmakers whether they want to override the veto issued on the last day of the session. Independently, the Montana Associati...