SERIES: The MTGOP's Misplaced Priorities

Republican Legislators Put Political Agenda Ahead of Montana Jobs

HELENA -- The Montana Democratic Party today continues "The MTGOP's Misplaced Priorities" campaign highlighting Republican Legislators' focus on backward legislation that benefits their political agenda, ahead of legislation that promotes job creation or strengthens our economy.

This week, Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, introduced House Bill 571, which would make it a felony for individuals to cover their faces while in the process of exercising free speech. This bill is waiting to penalize protesters in expectation that they turn into rioters.

While Usher and his Republican allies try to limit Montanans’ First Amendment rights to free speech and a redress of grievances, a jobs bill has yet to land on Governor Bullock’s desk.

“We’re 79 days into this session and there are shovel-ready construction projects all over this state,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Yet Republicans would rather spend their time debating a 200-year-old amendment that is the cornerstone of our Democracy than putting the people of Montana to work.”


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