BILLS TO WATCH THIS WEEK AT THE MONTANA LEGISLATURE: The Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and the Montana County Attorneys Association (the usual suspects) opposed the bill. If we can pry SB 114 out of the Senate Judiciary committee, we can probably get it through the Senate, and we can almost certainly get it through the House.
We can overcome the opposition of MSPOA and MCAA, but it will take some work. Certain members of the Senate Judiciary Committee need to hear from you now. Some are known for us, some are known against us, and some need contact. Against us are Senators Larry Jent, Lynda Moss, Anders Blewett and Shannon Augare, all Democrats.
Certainly for the bill are sponsorGreg Hinkle and Senator Terry Murphy. Here are the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who need contact. Because they missed the public hearing: SenatorsJim Peterson (R-Senate President) and Chas Vincent (R).
Because I don’t know much about him: Senator Rowlie Hutton (R). Swing votes but can be persuaded (most important): SenatorsCliff Larsen (D-Missoula) and Jim Shockley (R-Victor). For any of these, you can leave messages at the Legislative Message Center (weekdays), at 444-4800.
The message can be as short as “Please support SB 114.” For any of these, you can use the Legislature’s Online message form: http://www.leg.mt.gov/css/sessions/62nd/legwebmessage.asp Email. Be advised that while email is easiest for us, it’s iffy for legislators. Some legislators attend to email well, and some don’t. You can certainly send messages by all three methods, to all legislators mentioned, even every day until the Committee acts on SB 114 (very soon, but not yet).
If you wish to include an email message, here are the email addresses for the Senators who need messages (in order of priority): Senator Cliff Larsen Senator Jim Shockley Senator Jim Peterson Senator Chas Vincent Senator Rowlie Hutton The Subject line of these emails should be “Please support SB 114” so they will get the message even if they don’t have time to read the email.
NOTE WELL: BE POLITE, and these Senator won’t have time to read more than about 50 words. Be concise!! If you send emails, copy SB 114 bill sponsor Senator Hinkle so he can see what you’re sending: Senator Greg Hinkle Okay, it’s now up to you.
Get messages to these critical senators. Let’s get SB 114 cranked out of Judiciary Committee!!
**THESE OPINIONS ARE THOSE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS OF MONTANA SHRUGGED, tea PARTY PATRIOTS WORKING IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF MONTANA.