HELENA — Montana Representatives are slated to hear public testimony on a proposed water deal concerning the Flathead Reservation.
The House Judiciary Committee will take up Senate Bill 262 at 10 a.m. Saturday in Room 303 at the Capitol in Helena.
It’s the same room where senators heard five hours of testimony during the proposal’s first hearing in February.
The measure would ratify a negotiation between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments regarding rights to water use in northwestern Montana.
Flathead is the most water-saturated tribal reservation in Montana and the last of seven reservations to settle water rights with the state.
Minority Leader Rep. Chuck Hunter says he plans to use a special rule to bring the proposal to the House floor in the days following the hearing.
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