Groups ask Montana Supreme Court to remove ballot issue

A number of organizations are asking the Montana Supreme Court to remove an initiative from the ballot that would earmark $200 million in taxes for medical research.

The Billings Gazette reports that the Montana Taxpayers Association and others say Initiative 181 is unconstitutional because it commits public money to a private group not under control of the state.

The initiative would commit Montana residents to providing $20 million in bonds each year for 10 years for medical research. The initiative is backed by Montanans for Research and Cures and the McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

Montanans for Research and Cures Treasurer Randy Gray says the initiative is bipartisan and would benefit seniors, children and veterans in the state. The organization has until Aug. 15 to file a response.



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