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ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE 1965 LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY - Accomplishments of the 1965 Legislative...
Accomplishments of the 1965 Legislative Assembly- Assembly- • Medical Care for Needy Aged — A $7 million dollar federal-sfate-counly federal-sfate-counly federal-sfate-counly federal-sfate-counly federal-sfate-counly program of medical services, which has meant an annual reduction in property taxes of 1,5 million. Killed by two previous Republican Legislatures. • Driver Education Program which has benefited 7000 students in 60 Montana high schools. • Vocational Education Program to provide training training facilities for 8000 Montana high school graduates who do not go on to college. Vetoed by the Governor. • Air Pollution Control which was strongly supported supported by health authorities. Vetoted by the Governor. • Improved School Foundation Program. Additional Additional state funds have met the needs of rising enrollments and reduced local property taxes. • Making permanent 1963 "Save Our Streams" Act, requiring agreement between Fish & Game . and Highway and other construction agencies before water course is disrupted. • Long Range Building Program for needed buildings buildings and continuous improvement of our institutional institutional buildings; A $8,639,817 bond Issue drew remarkably low interest rate, attesting to the soundness of financing. • Truth in Packaging Law. Requiring all commodities commodities to be labelled with correct weight and description description of contents. • Increased Workmen's Compensation weekly benefils by $6.00 across the board. • State Department of Economic Development, providing research personnel to assist Montana businesses gain new and expanded markets. Vetoed by the Governor. • Strengthening Teacher Certification laws, • Licensing of Day Care Facilities for Children. • Properly Tax Reduction — for senior citizens with incomes less than $1500 exclusive of retirement retirement benefits. This bill was killed by 1963 Republican Legislature. • State payments for dependent and neglected children in licensed institutions. • Collective Bargaining for Nurses. Vetoed by Governor, • Requiring licensing and meeting of certain standards for public and private garbage disposal. disposal. • Changing the Primary Election from June to August. • Enabling legislation allowing Montana to participate participate in federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. • Legislative Post Audit: A final review, of financial financial transactions after they have been completed. completed. Would have prevented embezzlement cases such as the National Guard was involved in .this year. Vetoed by Governor. • Increased state support ■ to higher education 27% to meet increased enrollment. As a result of two previous Republican Legislatures, Montana Montana had dropped to 50th in the nation in in- in- ciBdseo support to higher education. • A 15 member Commission to study problems on Aging. • Boosted state advertising budget to promote tourism. • Comprehensive, uniform electrical safety code. • Phenylketonuria (PKU) testing of infants to discover discover and prevent mental retardation. ri for br L<ft'l« & Clark Hrr.'.ccr«llc Central CommllUe, iioberl Cummins, Chuitm

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  1. The Independent-Record,
  2. 04 Nov 1966, Fri,
  3. Page 16

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