The leader of the religious right group called the Montana Family Foundation proclaimed in a recent podcast that “God still today actively governs in the affairs of men.”
If it was the will of God that Jeff Laszloffy introduced such right-wing bills this session— as opposed to the will of the people the legislature is elected to represent — how does Laszloffy explain the fact that so many of his bills failed? Especially when the session was overwhelmingly dominated by members of the Republican Party.
Here’s a sampling of bills Laszloffy was backing which failed to pass.
Clayton Fiscus’s bill to require the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in all Montana schools failed.
Kris Hansen’s private sectarian school voucher bill HB 357
Cary Smith’s anti-science sex-education bill. HB 239
Krayton Kerns bill to take away the right to death with dignity. HB 505
But it wasn’t just that his pro-active bills failed, bills that he had hoped to defeat were passed and became law.
Tom Facey’s bill to remove from the books Montana’s law that made being gay an imprisonable felony. SB 107
And Laszloffy had tried to defeat Llew Jones’s SB 175, which made major investments in public schools.
To be sure, Laszloffy did get his way on one very prominent national issue. He allowed religious boarding schools in Montana like Pinehaven Ranch to remain unregulated. These religious schools, which have no licenses, no accreditation and employ teachers who are not certified, are now dealing with allegations that staff used violence to discipline students. And yet the Montana GOP has voted, on a party line, to allow such schools to continue to go unregulated. CNN ran a big story about it on the Anderson Cooper 360 show. Ellie Hill’s HB 236 would have addressed the problem. Laszloffy lobbied hard against Hill’s bill.
Before you start questioning God and his plan in light of this new information, make quick review of Laszloffy’s failed agenda–and how out-of-touch these bills make their sponsors appear. Sure enough, Laszloffy will prove to be the answer to the prayers of local Democrats next fall.