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Mont. court overturns age limit for firefighter hires


By John Grant Emeigh
The Montana Standard

BUTTE, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a state law setting an age limit for hiring new firefighters is unconstitutional.

The high court made the decision Tuesday after reviewing an appeal filed by Butte resident Steven Jaksha, who was denied a job with the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department because he was over age 34. The ruling effectively makes the state law requiring new firefighters to be 34 or younger unconstitutional and drops the age limit for hiring firefighters statewide.

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