Thanks for wasting time and taxpayer dollars at the special session, Montana Republicans.
You’re supposed to fix a budget shortfall that’s bound to affect thousands of Montana families. What transgender folks want on their birth certificates has absolutely nothing to do with the task at hand.
The discriminatory bill is LC26 and it’s one of the most boneheaded moves to come out of the Montana Republican delegation in a while, and that’s saying a lot. This quote is from a social media post by Rep. Amanda Curtis (D-Butte):
The MT R’s just expanded the session to discriminate against Trans Montanans. Jeff Laszloffy, lobbying for the hate group MT Family Foundation, got it pushed through. Says he works in the name of Jesus. I disagree.
What’s Laszloffy’s motivation for throwing a wrench into this special session? (Hint: there’s good money in it for him as The Montana Post discovered.)
But a better question is why would Republicans take up the anti-rainbow banner when there’s so much that needs to be accomplished in this truncated session? They say it’s to save money but the Montana Department of Health and Human Services disputes that claim. Here’s reporter Chuck Johnson’s article on the subject.
Oh, now I see: it was introduced in the Montana Senate by Albert Olszewski (R-Kalispell) who is running in the 2018 U.S. Senate race. It’s his opportunity to pander to Montana’s far-right constituency. Right now, Al is an outlier compared to frontrunners Matt Rosendale, Troy Downing and Russ Fagg. That Republican legislators are going along with Olszewkis’ cheap theatrics is despicable.
On the upside, though, there will be blood in the 2018 Republican senate primary contest.
In the meantime, Republican legislators aren’t addressing budget shortfalls that jeopardize the wellbeing of many Montana families. They’re playing dog-whistle politics ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
This is not what we want accomplished in Helena. Call your legislator — (406) 444-4800 — to register your disgust.