A measure to allow privately owned horse processing facilities in
HB 418 insulates prospective plant developers from permit and licensing challenges on environmental and other grounds, and awards attorney and court fees to plaintiffs in cases District Courts deem harassing or without merit.
The measure automatically became law after Schweitzer declined to sign or veto it 10 days after it reached his desk.
Schweitzer had previously vetoed the bill and sent an amended version back to the legislature. But legislators returned the bill to its original form and sent it back to Schweitzer a second time.
The horse slaughter issue, however, is far from settled, even in