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for Popular Government Vol. 48 Issue 3, Winter 1983
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Mr. Crotty, a district court judge, presents two case studies of mental health issues and the law. The first issue addressed considers when to hold a mentally ill person accountable for their crime. The second case he presents addresses how to deal with a person that may not be capable of self-commitment to an institution or program for their own good.
Public utilities and regulations brought in $263 million tax revenues for the state. The industry provided 92,000 state citizens with employment, paying approximately $1.67 billion in annual wages. The author reviews specifics regulations for aspects of public utilities like electricity and telecommunications and why such government controls are in place.
Despite former attempts to deter and end instances of drunk driving, state legislators struggled with decreasing the number of drunken driving citations. In 1980, Governor Hunt instructed the Governor's Crime Commission to analyze the problem and propose a range of solutions. The committee's report and outline of recommendations for curbing further drunk driving incidents is presented.
Based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing severance taxes to be imposed on mining in Montana, the state was reviewing the possibilities of enacting similar legislation for mining within its boundaries. Specifically, state legislators were considering a tax on the state's phosphate production. The article reviews how much money would be generated from such a tax and how the revenue would be distributed.
Largely considered an agricultural state, census data from 1980 proved otherwise. Trends in rural land development pointed to the state becoming more urbanized and its rural areas less agriculturally focused. The article presents a series of tables to demonstrate changing demographics and land uses from the 1960s through the early 1980s.