Legislature 2009: Timber bills endorsed in House

 HELENA; Two bills designed to help Montana's struggling timber industry and complete a conservation land deal in western Montana won easy endorsement in the House Monday.

By nearly unanimous votes, the House endorsed House Bill 669, which sets up a 7.5 million loan fund to help timber businesses survive an economic downturn in the industry, and House Bill 674, which provides 21 million in bonding authority for the state to buy 26,000 acres of timberland in Missoula County.

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