I’d like to congratulate Representative James Knox for winning the highly competitive and apparently coveted title of Montana Legislature Hypocrite of the Session. Given public discussion of his business practices, ethical lapses and memory loss, it’s probably safe to assume that Mr. Knox won’t be winning any more contests any time soon, so I hope he appreciates his come-from-behind victory over Janna Taylor.
And now we move to the ultimate challenge: what is the worst piece of legislation that has been introduced in the 2011 session? After days of consideration, I’ve narrowed it to the following five choices:
- HB 2: A budget that systematically underfunds nearly every government service, despite revenue estimates that makes its draconian cuts entirely unnecessary.
- HB 456: A “sex education” bill so poorly written that it will make everyday class discussion and learning almost impossible.
- HB 516: A hateful piece of anti-gay discrimination that violates human rights, basic decency, and local control.
- HB 321: An ideologically-driven attack on the Endangered Species Act that would cost the state millions of dollars annually.
- HB 309: An attack on Montana’s proud, unique tradition of stream access for recreation.
If these choices aren’t enough for you, I highly recommend filling out the March Sadness bracket, which really puts this session in perspective.