Here’s How Montana Legislators Marked International Women’s Day

by Cowgirl

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Montana legislators voted down a measure to increase the penalty for domestic violence. Meanwhile, they offered strong support for bills to increase the penalty for trespassing.

Under current law, a first domestic violence offense is punishable with a $100 fine and a night in jail. But last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary committee killed a bill by Democratic Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy that would have increased the minimum penatlies for domestic abuse from to $250 and the jail time to 72 hours for the first offense. (SB 362)

The bill failed 5-7 with all Republicans except Jennifer Fielder voting no.

Larry Jent

Larry Jent

Sen. Larry Jent, D-Bozeman voted with the Republicans against increasing the penalty for domestic violence.  Jent said he opposed increasing the fines because he thinks the current law is already too severe because it prohibits spousal abusers from owning guns. TEA Party GOP Sen. Jennifer Fielder pointed out to Jent that the new bill had nothing to do with gun ownership (she would know)–to no avail. You can here the discussion here-fast forward to about 2:17:00

Compare this striking legislative view of justice for women with a bill for justice for property owners. Republican Sen. Eric Moore’s SB 299 would levy a $1500 civil fine for the first trespassing offense.   That bill has already passed the Senate.

Another by Republican Rep. Alan Redfield increases the minimum fine for a second trespassing offense to $500. Redfield’s House Bill 147 passed the house by a wide margin committee and will be heard in the senate committee tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12.

Those who voted against raising the penalty for wife beating: Wittich, Sales, Boulanger, Brenden, Vincent and Murphy.

Art Wittich, sick and tired of serving the public.

Art Wittich

Scott Sales

Scott Sales

Yep, this is the Obama bullet ridden outhouse guy.

Scott Boulanger R-Darby


Senator John Brenden's got federal cash, poor people should F*** off.

John Brenden


Chas Vincent

Chas Vincent

Terry Murphy

Terry Murphy


8 Comments on "Here’s How Montana Legislators Marked International Women’s Day"

  1. Here’s how other republican legislators describe Scott Sales:

    “The truth is Scott Sales was a disaster,” O’Hara told the Gazette State Bureau in an interview Thursday.

    Both O’Hara and McNutt had letters published in the May 25 editions of the Belgrade News. Sales, who cannot run for re-election in the House due to term limits, is now challenging Gallatin County Commission Chairman Joe Skinner in Tuesday’s Republican primary election.

    O’Hara and McNutt urged Gallatin County voters to oppose Sales. Wrote McNutt: “Scott Sales for county commissioner of Gallatin County? Must be a joke.””

    • I meant to add, this was in the same article where the people defending this turdo were Dan McGee and Tom McGillvray of the God Squad.

  2. Well, what da know, mug shots of assholes. Should be posted in every women’s bathroom in the State…..

    • Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | March 12, 2013 11:28 AM at 11:28 AM |

      Well I agree with you there. The sequester is gonna be bad enough on women and women services, on a national level…. but adding to the crazy, in our state is just bad Politics that will be remembered by women in 2014.

      Lets see this end ladies, enough of having ourselves, and sisters treated like second class citizens.

  3. Mixed up priorities.

  4. This reminds me of when the man who raped a sheep got more jail time than the man who raped a woman (Bozeman).

  5. Anybody who thinks that losing guns is too big of a penalty has not been a person who has been terrorized with guns in the home. Maybe not true of all domestic violencees, but many….

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