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Bill Harris
House endorses bill to close Montana Developmental Center

The state House reversed course on Friday and passed a bill to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder after voting against it Thursday. Representatives endorsed Senate Bill 411 as amended on Friday by a vote of 61-39 with 46 Republicans and 15 Democrats voting in favor. The bill faces a third-reading vote next and if passed through the House would go back to the Senate for approval of amendments. Republican Rep. Nancy Ballance of Hamilton brought amendments that made the bill more palatable for some lawmakers. The changes included giving more time to transition residents before closure and adding another client family member to the transition planning committee. Lawmakers said...