December 31, 2018

Montana Legislators Nancy Balance of Hamilton & Frank Garner of Kalispell “Why We Need To End Super-Majority Rules”

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January 3, 2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Montana Legislators Nancy Balance of Hamilton & Frank Garner of Kalispell "Why We Need To End Super-Majority Rules"

In a recent opinion Piece by Republican Nancy Balance from Hamilton, Montana she states, The Montana Constitution defines only a few cases when a legislative super-majority vote is needed — for example, before spending trust funds, amending the Constitution, or overriding a governor's veto. Nowhere does the Constitution suggest the Legislature should adopt super-majority rules that limit debate and centralize power in the hands of a few.

The 60-vote super-majority rule for removing bills from House committees has in the past allowed a powerful few legislators, who have received “silver bullets” or have made secret deals, to get their bills out of committee. This insider politics needs to end!

 It is time to bring fair and honest debate back into the process. Time to make the committees do their job instead of simply “killing” bills House leadership doesn’t like. Time to end the secret deals and bring transparency back into the process. Time to go back to the simple majority rule for bringing bills to the floor of the Montana House and ensure all Montanans are represented as promised by our state's Constitution.
Nancy Balance.