Posted: Jan 22, 2013 4:33 PM by MTN News
On Wednesday, Montana's House Appropriations Committee will consider a plan that would raise state employee pay. Democrat Kathy Swanson of Anaconda introduced the bill, which increases employees' base salaries by five percent each of the next two years. Most state employees have not received raises since 2009.
Also on Wednesday, the Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee will hear a bill that would raise the legal drop-out age from 16 to 18. The change would not apply to students who graduate before turning 18. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have already set their dropout age to 18.
And the House Transportation Committee will consider a bill that would revise the state's bicycling laws. The bill would require all bicyclists to use a rear light when riding at night and would require drivers to leave five feet of space when passing bicycles.