HELENA, Mont. -

A judge has ruled the attorney general has the authority to move the state Title and Registration Bureau from Deer Lodge to Helena.
The city of Deer Lodge and its council members asked District Judge Ray Dayton to block the move, arguing the decision was made without taking public comment, in violation of the Montana Constitution.
Judge Dayton ruled last week that Attorney General Tim Fox had the authority to make the decision as part of the management of the Department of Justice.
The DOJ announced the move in June, saying moving the 37 jobs to Helena and not renting the facility in Deer Lodge would save about $216,000 annually.
DOJ spokesman John Barnes said Tuesday the agency is pleased with the ruling which will free up resources to improve customer service statewide.