RAVALLI COUNTY FAIR ~ Aug 30th-Sept 2nd
Go to this link to lend a hand: https://ravdems.com/county-fair-2023
It’s a fun way to help! The Fair dates are August 30 to Sept. 2nd. We staff the booth from 10 AM to 10 PM every day. Shifts are four hours.
We're looking forward to all kinds of fun! — the parade, rides and cotton candy, Norwegian treats, kids with their champion animals, a rodeo, and more - and best of all, visiting with friends in our Democrat booth!
As a token of our appreciation: we cover your admittance to the Fair on your shift days! And you can spend the rest of the day at the Fair, fair book & schedule
March in the Fair Parade with Democrats!
~ Wednesday, August 30 ~
We won First Prize last year! WooHoo!
Line up at 9:00am on 7th and Pinkney St in Hamilton.
Wear blue, blue, blue!
And wear your Montana Democrat hats!
(If you want to buy one, email [email protected] or get one at Saturday market booth, $15 each)
Walk or ride the float, bring your family and a sign. Or just bring yourself!
Sobering news this month.
Finally we watch the slow, steady march to justice by the one man who tried to cheat not just you, not just me, but our entire country. We have waited so patiently, so impatiently, but notice: we waited, and trusted, that this one man would face a jury of his peers. We didn’t rebel, we didn’t take to the streets, we trusted that justice would prevail. It’s not done yet, but it will be. And we can look forward to settling down, to getting back to business confident that our system of laws, clunky and plodding, works. For those people who trusted that one man instead of our American way of dealing with conflict, I hope that they come to realize that we are greater than any one man.
We include a summary of legislative actions by the Montana legislature. It’s long, yes, but we thought you should know what transpired. Our Democrat legislators held fast in an impossible situation, prevailing in many cases to protect you. Let me thank our many Ravalli Democrats who worked together, offering testimony on many bills. The legislators told us that our help was needed and appreciated. Thank you, neighbors and friends.
You may notice that many of the the Republican bills have been challenged as unconstitutional already. Those legislators were informed, before they passed the bills, that they were unconstitutional. Yet they passed them anyway. The state government last time around, spent $208 million — million — to argue against challenges. It is expected that the state government will again spend $208 million or more to defend their unconstitutional bills. That’s almost a half a billion dollars, your dollars.
If you don’t like what you see, if it makes you mad, if you think we should do better, RUN FOR OFFICE. (See the July newsletter for list of elected offices). As Margaret Gorski, our trusted former candidate, says, “If I can do it, you can do it.” Think about it. It’s a red county but it won’t be red forever. Don’t be fooled. There are 10,000 voting Democrats in this county. 10,000, out of 30,000 voting residents. Let’s move the needle with your voice and your actions. Go, Dems!
Happy summer. See you at the Fair & Parade!
Chair, Ravalli County Democrats
Democratic Party Female Board Chair, Western District
|LEGISLATION SUMMARY, provided by Montana Women Vote, it's long but comprehensive...|
In terms of reproductive rights, 9 anti-abortion bills have been signed into law this session. Of those nine bills, four bills and a Department of Health and Human Services rule change, that would've proposed further restrictions around accessing abortion care for Medicaid recipients, have since been granted temporary restraining orders or (TROs). TROs make it so that those laws don’t go into effect while the case continues in court - a small win! Another small win was the passage of HB 302, carried by Rep. Alice Buckley, which would require insurance companies to cover a 12-month supply of birth control.
Additionally, we saw three proactive reproductive rights bills proposed this session. However, all three died throughout the session.
❌ House Bill 544, carried by Rep. Jane Gillette, requires increased documentation and pre-authorization for those that are on Medicaid and seeking abortion care.SIGNED INTO LAW; BEING CHALLENGED IN COURT AND GRANTED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER
❌ House Bill 862, carried by Rep. Mike Hopkins, aka a Montana Hyde Amendment, seeks to prohibit public funding of abortion and would act as a functional ban on abortion access for low-income Montanans'. SIGNED INTO LAW; BEING CHALLENGED IN COURT AND GRANTED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER
❌House Bill 575, carried by Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, is a 24 week ban, makes it so that mandatory ultrasounds would be required to take place before all abortions and would have eliminated telehealth abortion care for patients in rural communities.SIGNED INTO LAW; BEING CHALLENGED IN COURT AND GRANTED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER
❌ House Bill 721, carried by Rep. Matt Regier, is a 15 week ban, specifically a ban on D&E abortions, which are the safest and most common form of abortion after approx. 15 weeks of pregnancy.SIGNED INTO LAW; BEING CHALLENGED IN COURT AND GRANTED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER
❌ House Bill 302, carried by Rep. Alice Buckley, would require insurance companies to cover a 12-month supply of birth control. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 968, carried by Rep. Amy Regier, was an attempt to amend parts of a 2013 law around parental consultation for minors seeking abortion care that was found unconstitutional, and had never gone into effect. Most minors DO involve a parent in their abortion care decisions. Minors who do not involve their parents in their decisions typically have good reasons for doing so, including their own safety. VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR
❌ House Bill 625, carried by Rep. Kerri Seekins-Crowe, aka "the LR-131 zombie bill," is vague and redundant of law already in the Montana code, (MCA 50-20-108 - Protection of Premature Infants Born Alive), and the idea that infants are killed following an abortion is a dangerous lie intended to stigmatize abortion and demonize patients and providers.PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 786, carried by Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, demands that healthcare providers report complications with medication abortion to the government. This bill is clearly motivated by animus to abortion and a desire to harass, intimidate and shame Montanans who are seeking abortion care and their healthcare provider.PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ Senate Bill 154, carried by Sen. Keith Regier, amends the Montana Constitution to, “define the right to privacy to clarify no right to abortion." Bills like this, that are known to be unconstitutional, are a waste of the taxpayers time and money.PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 937, carried by Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, is a T.R.A.P. law and adds unnecessary, expensive requirements of abortion providers – and costs Montana tax payers millions of dollars.Through its passage, health clinics that provide abortions would be the only facilities regulated solely based on the type of care they provide.PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ House Bill 432 by Rep. Laurie Bishop, would've ensured that Montanans are able to receive abortion care, eliminate harmful anti-abortion laws, and restore the ability of organizations such as Planned Parenthood of Montana and Blue Mountain Clinic to provide sex education in schools. DIED
✅ House Bill 570, carried by Rep. Marilyn Marler, would've provided a claim for damages and a civil fine for persons who intentionally or negligently interfere with an individual's ability to obtain reproductive healthcare. DIED
✅ Senate Bill 437, carried by Rep. Jen Gross would've not only created a fundamental right to abortion care in Montana, but would've also repealed unconstitutional, unenforceable laws that have attacked our reproductive rights in recent years and ensured that Montanans’ could make these personal decisions without government interference. DIED
Overall, healthcare policy this session was more sweet than bitter and a good primer before we head into the fight to renew Medicaid Expansion in 2025. We saw investment in Provider Rates, and policies introduced that we'd love to see pass in the future, like expanding continuous eligibility to more Montanans on Medicaid. We saw an overwhelming amount of support for Medicaid Expansion, with many folks sending in comments against Senate Bill 465 which would have terminated the program by the end of the year. There were a total of 112 introduced bills total!
✅Section B | House Bill 2, the Guidehouse study was authorized by the 2021 legislature and found that our provider rates or how we pay healthcare providers for the care Medicaid recipients get are insufficient. It also illustrated that a lot of nursing homes were closing and people with disabilities were struggling with keeping caregivers and accessing care due to this lack of funding.
Many folks showed up to testify in support, but the Legislature ultimately only funded the study partially. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ Senate Bill 465, carried by Sen. Jeremy Trebas, would have introduced work requirements into the Montana Medicaid Expansion program, which has already been denounced by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services– and would have ultimately ended the Medicaid expansion program by December 31, 2023. DIED
Other Key Bills
✅ House Bill 649, carried by Rep. Mary Caferro, directed the legislature to fully fund the provider rates recommended in the Guidehouse cost study. DIED
✅ House Bill 609, carried by Rep. SJ Howell, would have provided for continuous eligibility for certain Montanans receiving Medicaid. DIED
While voting rights and access to the ballot box were left relatively unscathed coming out of the 2023 Legislative Session, there were attempts to restrict Montanans’ right to vote. During the course of the legislative session, Montana Women Vote tracked over one hundred bills that sought to weaken our democracy, including incessant attacks on our independent judiciary, as well as attempts to disrupt our independent redistricting process.
✅ Senate Billl 77, carried by Sen. Shane Morigeau, requires that the US Census counts folks at their last known address, as opposed to where they are currently incarcerated. In terms of redistricting, this was a big win in the form of addressing the practice of prison gerrymandering. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ Senate Bill 302, carried by Rep. Daniel Emrich, would have provided for partisan election of Supreme Court judges, district court judges, municipal court judges, and justices of the peace. DIED
❌ Senate Bill 565, carried by Sen. Greg Hertz, would have increased the number of signatures required by a petition for nomination from 5% of previous general election votes cast for the SUCCESSFUL candidate to 5% of total registered voters of the area a candidate is to be elected to serve. DIED
❌ Senate Bill 566, carried by Sen. Greg Hertz, would've created a "top two primary" for US Senate seats where 2 candidates who, regardless of political party, receive the highest number of votes cast in the race for the office of US Senator move the general election. DIED
❌ House Bill 595, carried by Rep. Scott Kerns, would have provided for partisan nomination and elections of Supreme Court justices. DIED
❌ House Bill 464, carried by Rep. Paul Fielder, would allow currently-nonpartisan judicial candidates to list a party affiliation, and would list candidates who do not declare an affiliation as “undisclosed.” DIED
❌ Senate Bill 372, carried by Rep. Daniel Emrich, proposed a constitutional amendment to provide for the Legislature to appoint Supreme Court justices and district court judges. DIED
❌ House Bill 915, carried by Rep. Bill Mercer, would have restricted Montanans’ rights and freedoms, and consolidated power with partisan politicians by taking away Montanans right to vote for our Supreme Court Justices. DIED
❌ Senate Bill 420, carried by Sen. Chris Friedel, would have required the election of city officials on even years. This is a MAJOR change to our election system in Montana and such a change deserves considerable time for research, public citizen and elections official input to ensure it does not compromise the safety, security, timeliness, and accuracy of our elections. DIED
❌ Senate Bill 109, introduced by Sen. Keith Regier, creates a heavily gerrymandered Public Service Commission district map. The map divides 14 counties and splits up 6 major cities within the state, which is a departure from the previous practice of keeping communities together in Public Service Commission districts. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
The 2023 session ended abruptly and was rather disappointing in regards to how the staggering surplus was spent. Instead of investing in affordable housing, adequate provider rates, or tax credits that benefit the average working family, the legislature quickly passed bills that would cut the highest tax rate and offer one-time refunds that mostly benefit wealthy Montanans. Though it wasn’t for lack of opportunity or effort.
A number of bills offered holistic mental health support, grants for organizations supporting unhoused Montanans, and extending Medicaid eligibility to ensure that Montanans won’t lose healthcare access abruptly as the unwinding process begins. We are hopeful that despite the potential long-term effects of cutting the top tax rate, 2025 will afford us another opportunity to invest in working Montanans and their families.
✅ House Bill 648, carried by Rep. Alice Buckley, is an act providing for the Best Beginnings child care scholarship program and is a bipartisan bill that addresses the affordability of child care for working Montana families. The bill establishes family eligibility standards, copayment requirements, and payments to providers. Copays for qualifying families will be decided on a sliding scale no higher than 9% of the family’s monthly income.PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ House Billl 187, carried by Rep. Alice Buckley, clarifies that child care is a residential use of property and a residential purpose. By including it in the residential definition, more providers are able to open licensed centers without having to get another space to do so. It is not only a cost effective measure, but also increases the accessibility for families to have a child care center in their neighborhood, rather than in another part of their community. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ Senate Bill 522, carried by Sen. Daniel Zolnokov, will provide hotels with grants to shelter victims of violence and human trafficking. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ House Bill 189, carried by Rep. George Nikolakakos, revises property tax assistance program. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ Senate Bill 121, carried by Sen. Becky Beard, reduces the top marginal income tax rate and increases the earned income tax credit or EITC. It's the governor's tax package and is one that disproportionately favors the wealthiest one percent of Montananas, amounting to nearly $6,000 in tax cuts per year, according to our friends at Montana Budget and Policy Center. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ Senate Bill 15, carried by Sen. Shannon O'Brien, would have provided property tax relief to Montana families living on low and moderate incomes. DIED
✅ House Bill 285, carried by Rep. Emma Kerr-Carpenter, would have increased the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, one that specifically targets working families, to 60% of the federal level. DIED
✅ House Bill 574, carried by Rep. Kim Abbott, would have created a trust fund that would have been used to develop and build affordable housing for Montana’s workforce. The money could also be used to preserve and rebuild existing affordable housing. DIED
✅ House Bill 386, carried by Rep. SJ Howell, would have increased access to paid sick leave substantially. The bill would have required small businesses employing 10 or more people to provide sick leave. DIED
✅ House Bill 380, carried by Rep.Greg Frazier, would have created a grant program to provide funding for shelters providing care for unhoused folks. DIED
✅ House Bill 911, carried by Rep. Jonathon Karlen, would've revised individual income tax law and also increased the Earned Income Tax Credit from 3% to 25%, would have established a child tax credit for children 5 and under, and a tax credit for renters. DIED
✅ House Bill 889, carried by Rep. Jonathon Karlen, would have provided protection for mobile home park residents from last minute evictions, prohibitively high rents, and retaliation for forming a residential association. VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR
✅ House Bill 2 Section B is the way the House of Representatives designates funding for the upcoming biennium. Currently appropriation subcommittees are hearing from departments about what each division budget needs to include and answer questions from the subcommittee. We advocated to fund childcare, stabilize Medicaid Enrollment, increase provider rates, and adopt Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 212, carried by Rep. Joshua Kassmier, increases the exemption on business equipment to $1 million. This would result in a loss in state tax revenue, which should be used to invest in Montanans' experiencing high residential property taxes and unaffordable housing costs. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 221, carried by Rep. Tom Welch, reduces the income tax on long-term capital gains. This rate reduction for only income from investments will benefit a very small portion of our population at the great expense of our collective ability to adequately invest in public programs. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 222, carried by Rep. Tom Welch, provides a property tax rebate of $500 for fiscal year 2022 and 2023. This bill will cost the state $284 million in the 2025 biennium that could be used to improve Montanans' lives. This bill does not target those who face the highest property tax burden. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ House Bill 901, carried by Rep. Kelly Kortum, would have provided an appropriation to continue or resume the emergency rental assistance. DIED
It was a horrific session for LGBTQ2S+ rights. Six anti-LGBTQ2S+ bills were passed this session and two of those are currently being challenged in court. However, we saw our communities across the state show up in huge support of queer, trans, nonbinary, and two-spirit Montanans via protests, testifying in the legislature, submitting written comment, and contacting their elected officials!
❌ Senate Bill 99, carried by Sen. John Fuller, ultimately bans gender-affirming care in the state of Montana for people under the age of eighteen. SIGNED INTO LAW; BEING CHALLENGED IN COURT
❌ House Bill 359, carried by Rep. Braxton Mitchell, would not only ‘prohibit minors from attending drag shows,’ but also could force businesses to lose their license and/or up to $10,000 in fines for allowing minors to attend drag show performances. SIGNED INTO LAW; BEING CHALLENGED IN COURT
❌ Senate Bill 458, carried by Sen. Carl Glimm, “defines sex in Montana law” in a way that erases intersex people from the legal code, strips anti-discrimination protections away from intersex, trans, nonbinary, and Two Spirit people, and inserts a harmful and biologically inaccurate definition of "sex" into Montana law. Additionally, SB 458 puts $7.5 billion in federal revenue at risk due to the discriminatory nature of the bill. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 303, carried by Rep. Amy Regier, also known as the "Medical Ethics and Diversity Act," goes far beyond existing law and allows medical providers to discriminate and refuse to provide care on the basis of "ethics." PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 361, carried by Rep. Brandon Ler, allows students to deadname and misgender transgender, non-binary, and two-spirit students with no disciplinary repercussions, no matter how malicious their refusal is to respect another students' identity. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 234, carried by Rep. Bob Phalen, seeks to tell kids what they can and can’t read. This bill prevents public schools, public libraries, and museums from displaying or disseminating any materials deemed ‘obscene’ (by anyone) to minors– a move that has predominantly been used to censor materials dealing with race and queerness. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
Even though HB 234 did pass, it has been amended to a version where it can no longer be construed to automatically ban queer content from schools.
CRIMINAL LEGAL REFORM
There were unprecedented attacks this session on prior reforms to our criminal legal system and a heavy emphasis on continuing the criminalization of poverty. We saw some wins in our efforts to defeat harmful bills and some progressive reforms of the Youth Court system.
✅ House Bill 425, carried by Rep. Emma Kerr-Carpenter, allows for outstanding restitution owed by youth to be waived as long as a good faith effort to pay it has been shown, thereby not punishing youth or their guardians for an inability to pay due to limited resources. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ House Bill 500, carried by Rep. Kerri Seekins-Crowe, prohibits youth courts from requiring a youth’s family to pay fees, costs, and certain fines and financial obligations for youth involved with the criminal legal system. Previously, families were required to pay a part of the court costs and the costs of detention, supervision, care, and any health treatments while the youth was in custody. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ Senate Bill 95, carried by Sen. Barry Usher, would have reversed prior reforms and raised fines and mandatory minimums for low-level theft and added the option of incarceration for a first offense. DIED
❌ House Bill 614, carried by Rep. Bill Mercer, would have created new offenses for which youth could more easily be tried in the much harsher adult criminal legal system, held in adult detention facilities, and supervised under the adult probation and parole system. DIED
✅ House Bill 742 carried by Rep. Laura Smith, prohibits the use of restraints or shackles on a youth under 10 in youth court proceedings in any circumstance, and restricts the use of restraints on a youth over 10 in court to extremely limited circumstances. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 301, carried by Rep. Denise Baum, would have created an enhanced penalty of 2-10 years for mere possession of a dangerous weapon while selling dangerous drugs, or while caught with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. DIED
❌ House Bill 692, carried by Rep. Bill Mercer, would have removed the right to legal counsel by a public defender for folks charged with a misdemeanor that didn't carry a possible sentence of incarceration. DIED
✅ House Bill 437, carried by Rep. Katie Zolnikov, decriminalizes all drug testing strips by removing them from the drug paraphernalia statute. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ Section D of House Bill 2 now includes funding for 8 new full-time public defenders, up from the original 5 that were granted, still short of the 20 positions the governor requested.
❌ Senate Bill 19, carried by Sen. Keith Regier, removes the requirement for a peace officer to show that the person’s conduct creates a public safety risk and reimposes incarceration for a first offense of disorderly conduct, which includes making loud or unusual noises, rendering vehicular or pedestrian traffic impassable, or blocking ingress or egress to public or private places. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ House Bill 17, carried by Rep. Ed Stafman, and House Bill 989, carried by Rep. Jane Gillette, would have required the implementation of certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs) across Montana and allowed for Medicaid coverage of clinic services. The CCBHC model is a method of delivering community-based, wrap-around health services for patients, including mental health support, substance use abuse treatment, and primary health care. DIED
❌ House Bill 791, carried by Rep. Courtenay Sprunger, establishes mandatory minimums and higher criminal penalties for the distribution of fentanyl. The law now sets a 2-year minimum prison sentence and a 40-year maximum, up from 25 years. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 689, carried by Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, removes the Montana Incentives and Interventions Grid, which ensured that probation and parole officers tried every avenue before sending someone back to jail or prison. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 38, carried by Rep. Greg Oblander, creates a new felony offense for theft of a motor vehicle of any value and carries with it sentencing of up to 10 years in prison or up to a $50,000 fine. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
❌ House Bill 817, carried by Rep. John Fitzpatrick, carries a provision providing $3,942,000 per each fiscal year of the biennium to the Department of Corrections to contract for 120 prison beds. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
The 68th Montana Legislative session proved challenging for Montana’s Indian Country, however, there were some wins around Missing Indigenous persons legislation and the passage of the Montana Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. While we do understand that both of these crises are not issues that can be addressed adequately through state policy, we are strong advocates for policies that seek to address these issues.
✅ House Bill 317, carried by Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, codifies federal ICWA code into state statute and ensures that Indigenous children who are placed in the foster care system stay connected to their tribal communities with placement priorities that are based on the child’s unique cultural, political, social, and spiritual relationship with their tribe and tribal community. As some of you might know, federal ICWA is awaiting a decision in the US Supreme Court, so putting these codes into state code is very important in protecting Native children’s connection to their tribal cultures. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ Senate Joint Resolution 6, carried by Sen. Susan Webber, recognizes and acknowledges the trauma inflicted by the US Government in forcibly removing American Indian children from their families and sending them to boarding schools. It also establishes a National Day of Remembrance for the American Indian children who were lost during the boarding school era, as well as recognizing, honoring and supporting the survivors of Indian boarding schools, their families, and communities. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ House Bill 163, carried by Rep. Tyson Running Wolf, extends the state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Task Force.This bill would be crucial in continuing to support the task force, run through the Department of Justice, as well as the work of the broader MMIP movement here in Montana. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ House Bill 18, carried by Rep. Tyson Running Wolf, would establish a way to develop and fund multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-disciplinary missing persons response teams. PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW
✅ Senate Bill 141, carried by Sen. Shane Morigeau, aimed to replace "Columbus Day" with "Indigenous Peoples' Day" in the state of Montana. Instead of celebrating a violent colonial oppressor, we would've been able to dedicate one day every year to honor our Indigenous communities. DIED
‘Establishment Vs. Grassroots’: Montana Conservatives Balk At Republican Leadership’s Senate Pick For 2024
- Not one of our normal sources of news, but the Daily Caller covered some of the tension among Montana Republicans on the Senate GOP primary
- “The state’s conservatives questioned how a candidate with no elected experience could beat Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester in 2024, and told the DC they’d rather see GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale vie for the seat.”
Several Montana Republicans, grassroots activists and political operatives voiced concern over the Senate GOP leadership's pick for 2024 — Tim Sheehy.
ABC News reports that Tim Sheehy deleted all language on his company’s website referencing fighting climate change and his company’s ESG standards as he was being recruited by national Republicans to run for U.S. Senate.
Political strategist Matt McKenna says: “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight: Tim Sheehy believes in climate science when he’s trying to win government contracts and thinks it’s fake when he’s trying to run to the right of Matt Rosendale. What’d I miss?”
RE-ELECT JON TESTER!
Demand elected officials make their schedules public. Who is influencing them? What lobbyists are bending their ears?
Senator Tester been posting his schedule since 2007, the first Senator to do so.
There are currently no requirements for Members of Congress to disclose when they meet with constituents, lobbyists, or other groups in their official, taxpayer-funded positions. Tester’s Transparency in Congress Resolution, requires members of Congress to publish their daily public schedules to include:
*Each hearing, meeting, or event the Member attended in their official capacity, either in person or by electronic means;
*The Member’s floor activity; and
*A general description of the individuals, entities, or organization participating in the meeting or event, or a general description of the meeting or event.
Tester was the first Member of Congress to publicly post his schedule starting 2007. His first two bills tackled dark money in politics and overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. He also worked to ban stock trading in Congress and to further boost the accountability of Congress.
Here is Sen. Tester’s schedule: https://www.tester.senate.gov/services/public-schedule/
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|Weekly Saturday booth at American Legion Park|
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