Montana Court Overrules Attorney General On Easements
HELENA, Mont. (AP) —The Montana Supreme Court has overruled Attorney General Tim Fox’s legal opinion that the governor can’t unilaterally approve large conservation easements. The court issued an order Tuesday siding with Gov. Steve Bullock. Bullock argued the state Land Board’s approval isn’t needed because conservation easements aren’t land acquisitions. The decision comes in a dispute over a $6.1 million conservation easement that Bullock approved earlier this year after the Land Board delayed action.Additionally, six of the seven justices on the state’s high court signed the order siding with Gov. Steve Bullock.