Montana Democratic Legislative Leaders Blast “Brazen Partisan Power Grab”

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Republican Leaders Are Attempting to Make Permanent Changes to Tilt the Legislative Process in Their Favor

Helena, MT – Montana Democratic Legislative Leaders today excoriated Republican leadership for holding an illegitimate meeting of the Joint Rules Committee, and vowed to challenge any actions they take. Rather than using the legal avenues available to them — like calling for a special session — Republican leaders are attempting to permanently tilt the Legislative process in their favor by forcing rule changes through an illegitimate committee.

House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner said “a handful of power hungry Republican Leadership members are here out trying to exploit the pandemic in a brazen, partisan power grab, with major implications for the integrity of the Legislative process for years to come.”

Joint Rules Committee Vice Chair Kim Dudik emphasized that the “attempted convening of this committee of the 2019 Legislative session, under these circumstances, is illegitimate, and without precedent.”

letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas by counsel representing Democratic Caucuses stated “any action taken will have no legal force or effect and any such effort will be challenged in court.” Minority Leader Schreiner re-iterated that Democrats were “not saber-rattling” and that the illegitimate actions taken by this group will not go unchallenged.

Listen to the full call here.

You might also enjoy

Wanted: Your Best Thoughts

By Mary Westwood, Chair of the Yellowstone County Platform Committee Any opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author, but the wordsof the Montana Democratic Platform are available to all and should

Read More »

Billings starts recycling pickup

September marks the start of several changes to the waste pickup for Billings city residents. A new pickup schedule begins September 11, which means many residents will have a new pick up day. You can

Read More »