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Republican legislators vote against special education funding

HELENA -- Thirty-seven Republican legislators voted against HB 32, carried by Rep. Kathy Kelker (D-Billings), which would increase funding for special education programs in public schools. 

"Another day, and another vote against public education by Republican legislators," said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. "It's high time Republican legislators stop putting their own political agenda ahead of those who deserve a quality public education, especially those with special needs."

Here is a list of Republican legislators that voted against a bill that would help students with disabilities succeed in school and prepare them for life and work after graduation:

Nancy Ballance (Hamilton)
Dan Bartel (Lewistown)
Randy Brodehl (Kalispell)
Bob Brown (Thompson Falls)
Tom Burnett (Belgrade)
Mike Cuffe (Eureka)
Alan Doane (Bloomfield)
Ron Ehli (Hamilton) 
Jeff Essmann (Billings)
Kelly Flynn (Townsend)
Wylie Galt (Martinsdale)
Carl Glimm (Kila)
Edward Greef (Florence)
Bill Harris (Winnett)
Greg Hertz (Polson)
Adam Hertz (Missoula)
Donald Jones (Billings)
Austin Knudsen (Culbertson)
Steve Lavin (Kalispell)
Dennis Lenz (Billings)
Denley Loge (Saint Regis)
Forrest Mandeville (Columbus)
Theresa Manzella (Hamilton)
Dale Mortensen (Billings)
Mark Noland (Big Fork)
James O'Hara (Fort Benton)
Jimmy Patelis (Billings)
Alan Redfield (Livingston)
Matt Regier (Kalispell)
Adam Rosendale (Billings)
Derek Skees (Kalispell)
Brad Tschida (Missoula)
Barry Usher (Roundup)
Kirk Wagoner (Montana City)
Kerry White (Bozeman)
Daniel Zolnikov (Billings)

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