BOZEMAN, Mont. - A handful of Montana law enforcement agencies that received military surplus items over the past 18 months aren't in compliance with a state law that requires them to make public their requests for such items.
Great Falls police received a $77,000 remote-controlled robot and the department has posted a list of its requests online.
However, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports, departments in four other counties have received surplus items since the bill passed in April 2015 and none have posted information about their requests or acquisitions.
Republican Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer of Superior sponsored the bill. He says he's created an online application to make it easier for departments to comply with the law and for the public to easily access the information.
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