- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) - Deer Lodge officials are asking a judge to block the state’s plans to move its Title and Registration Bureau to Helena.

City attorney Jeffrey Hindoien filed the request for an injunction Monday after Deer Lodge councilmembers approved the move.

The city is fighting to keep the government office and its 37 jobs in Deer Lodge.

The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/2auflnx ) the city’s lawsuit contends that state officials decided to close the Deer Lodge office without taking public comment, in violation of the Montana Constitution.

The injunction, if it is granted, would block the state from making a move until the lawsuit is resolved.

Motor Vehicle Division administrator Sarah Garcia announced last month that the state decided to relocate the bureau to Helena. The move is expected to happen in November.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, https://www.mtstandard.com

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