Guest Opinion: Legislative Report
February 8, 2023 | View PDF
Greetings from Helena!
Jan. 30 - Some of my bills are moving through the process. I introduced SB55 in committee, which deals with the DEQ becoming a member of a national lobbying group, to deal with the Federal government, which is very anti-mining and fossil fuels, as you all know. SB 55 will be on the floor this week, probably. I am still working on getting my other bills, so they have a chance at passing. I am not much on compromising, but I understand that getting part of it is probably better than nothing. There are lots of lobbyists in Helena and it seems they can convince people to vote against freedom.
We had a five-hour hearing in Judiciary Committee on SB99, which would prohibit doctors from giving children drugs and performing surgeries that cut off, or add, body parts, in an attempt to change their gender. We heard from some adults who had gone through the process to try and change their gender, only to regret it later and then go through reconstruction. Of course, sadly, they will never be the same. On the other side, there were parents who had children as young as six who said they wanted to be the other gender and the parents were against the bill. It is a pretty messy situation and not a fun hearing. I received 1000 emails, many from Missoula, Bozeman, and other states, wanting me to vote against SB99. But I am still going to vote for SB99.
Governor Gianforte gave the State of the State address this week. It was nice to hear him talk about giving money back to the people, tax cuts, parental rights, pro-life issues, the importance of agriculture, the fentanyl crisis and closing the southern border, to name a few specifics. Those on the other side of the aisle, showed by their actions, were not in favor of these ideas. It was a lot more enjoyable State of the State than the first two I sat through.
If you are ever in Helena, be sure to look us up. If you want to look up the text of a bill you can find it at https.leg.mt.gov.