With Hours Remaining...Knudsen Uses Speaker Role to Play Politics with Mail-In Ballot Bill

Purposefully Stalls Floor Vote on Important, Fiscally-Responsible Legislation

HELENA -- With only a few days left in the 65th Legislative session, Republican House Speaker Austin Knudsen appears to be fully intent on killing bipartisan legislation that would save Montana taxpayers more than $750,000.

Governor Bullock issued an amendatory veto on House Bill 83 to allow for a the May 25 special Congressional election to be conducted via a mail ballot.

Governor Bullock sent the bill back to the House on April 7 for a fair vote after Republicans in the House killed the bipartisan Senate Bill 305 in March to allow for this special election to be conducted via mail ballot.

Yet Knudsen, MT GOP Chairman Jeff Essmann and Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton are more interested in playing politics than working on behalf of Montanans. The three vote-suppressing Republican leaders have earned statewide and national media attention for their pathetic attempts to stop Democracy from happening.

“The clock is ticking and Speaker Knudsen only cares about his political future, not the people of Montana,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “He’s playing political games that are making it more difficult for people to vote while also costing all Montanans more money in the process. It’s irresponsible.”


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