Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature

Yes America, here are some of the major pieces of legislation that have been put forward in 2015 by the Tea Party Republicans who are now in control of the Montana legislature.

This is not a joke. These are real bills, and they are currently taking priority in the Montana legislature over anything legitimate that would improve jobs, Montana’s economy, or the health and well-being of our citizens.

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1. Exempt political ads by churches from campaign finance laws by classifying them as news reports. LC 1942 by David Howard (R-TEA Park City)

2. Require federalism training for state employees. LC 1760 by Jennifer Fielder (TEA-Noxon)

3. Create a state militia and outfit them with uniforms. SB 130 by Roger Webb (R-TEA Billings)

4. Ban Sharia law from Montana courts. SB 199 by Janna Taylor (R-TEA Datyon)

5. Force the secession of all federal public lands within MT borders from the United States government. SB 274 by Jennifer Fielder (TEA-Noxon)

6. Prohibit the state Board of Education from establishing math and reading standards. HB 376 by Debra Lamm (TEA-Livingston) and rescind any math and reading standards the state may already have established. HB 377 by same.

7. Prohibiting the use of technology for controlling human activity and outlaw the indoctrination of children for global citizenship. HB 583 by Randall Pinocci (TEA-Sun River)

8. Eliminate the ability of law enforcement to use animal shelter staff to assist in the rescue and sheltering of animals in cases of alleged animal cruelty and abuse, because animal shelter staff are probably terrorists.  HB 179  by Theresa Manzella (TEA-Ravalli County)

9. Allow hunting with silencers. HB 250 by Kirk Wagoner (R-TEA Jackson Creek)

10. Allow hunting of mountain lions and wolves with silencers. HB 450 by Kirk Wagoner (R-TEA Jackson Creek)

11. Legalize even more hunting with silencers SB 295. by Mark Blasdel (R-TEA Kalispell)

12. Legalize guns and rifles in school parking lots. HB 320 by Carl Glimm (R-TEA Ashley Lake)

13. Legalize guns and rifles in office parking lots. HB 505 the official title of which is “establish employee safe travel to work laws”, by Matthew Monforton (TEA-Bozeman)

14. Lift the prohibition on carrying concealed weapons in bars, parks, and schools. HB 371 by Rep. Kerry White (TEA-Bozeman)

15. Legalize guns on college campuses. by Rep. Cary Smith SB 143 (R-TEA Billings)

16. Allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon. HB 298   Bill Harris (R-Winnett)

17. Nullify all federal gun laws. HB 203 by Rep. Art Wittich (R-TEA Bozeman)

18. Encourage the manufacturing of ammunition to prevent a national shortage. HB 122 by Matthew Rosedale (R-TEA Glendive)

19. Allow anyone to refuse to vaccinate their children for any reason.  Amendment to HB 158 by Rep. Greg Hertz (R-TEA Polson)

20. Make it illegal to don a costume that would make it appear you might be naked or which includes a prosthetic anus. HB 365 by David “Doc” Moore (R-Missoula)

21. Prohibit the use of drones to spy on hunters or interfere with “post-hunting activities.” HB 278 by Jeff Essmann (R-TEA Billings)




47 Comments on "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"

  1. A message to Montana legislators – of either party. If you can’t be bothered to personally research how a bill you are carrying will impact people, then perhaps it shouldn’t be come a law forced upon the rest of us. THINK! Why are there so many more stupid and embarrassing bills this year than ever before? Why are there so many of you legislators who appear to be clueless about what your own bills even do? Please, just stop, shut up, and go away.

  2. This state house is a joke full of absolute loons and idiots. Congratulations dimwits. If you TEA Party legislators hate government so much, perhaps you would prefer to live in a country with limited and ineffective government like Somalia.

  3. Actual testimony of Rep. Clayton Fiscus, of Billings, on the House Floor today Feb 24, 2015 during the debate of HB 583 that UN conspiracy mind control bill:

    “The one that bothers me the most is the internet and that started just a short while back if you follow the news at all, it doesn’t take much but listen they would love to have the control of that. If you turned that over to the united nations you’d have a miserable human rights violation. ”

  4. How sad to see our distinguished Capitol wearing a pickelhaube.

  5. Perhaps the newly formed State of Montana Militia and its Tea Partying enlistees, all decked out in their official camo uniforms carrying uninfringed their firearms with silencers while blowing on their Duck Commander Homeland Security Duck Call (yes, they do make one by that name) and heroically riding their Bakken-fueled 4-wheelers, should be air-dropped right smack into ISIS-controlled areas of the Middle East. This will allow these bloviating anti-federal government patriots ample opportunity to put their Second Amendment supportin’ sportsman’s skills to some better use than simply killing……err, harvesting wildlife. They’ll have the chance to prove their mettle finally, rather than fantasizing about it by proposing idiotic legislation crafted in a perpetually delusional state of fear and paranoia.

    Besides, who else has the courage to protect us from the evil yoga pants-wearing vaccinated public-schooled socialist animal rights activist evolutionist internet-using atheist global warming alarmist eco-terrorists inhabiting these end times in which we live but a well-regulated Montana Militiaman?

    Paranoia…it will destroy ya!

    “We are all sufferers from history, but the paranoid is a double sufferer, since he is afflicted not only by the real world, with the rest of us, but by his fantasies as well.” –Richard Hofstadter (1964)

  6. Yah Cowgirl, you missed one. The House Judiciary Committee sent a bill to the floor to protect us from the horrors of fictionalized Agenda 21.

    “House Bill 583, sponsored by MT Rep. Randall Pinocci (R-Sun River) passed the committee on an 11-10 vote. ”

  7. Is this an admission that the current interpretation of the Second Amendment is a sham? They always ignore the “well regulated militia” part.
    “3. Create a state militia and outfit them with uniforms. SB 130 by Roger Webb (R-TEA Billings)”

    • No, it’s likely a work around to have a state military force independent of the National Guard, which receives substantial Federal funding. If you take the time to examine Heller vs DC, you’ll find the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with militia membership, and that legally the militia is pretty much anyone, and that that well regulated refers to “well equipped” in 18th century speak. Long story short, the 2nd protects the right to own guns independent of militia duty.

      But some of this stuff being proposed in Montana is scary freaky yo. I think I’m going to stay in Washington State. Where we can already hunt with silencers. Oh, many parts of Europe *require* hunters to use silencers. Seriously, they are like the most benign gun accessory out there…

      • I think there are 35 states where it is legal to own a suppressor. Out of all of them Montana is the only state out of 35 that it is illegal to hunt with a Suppressor.
        People who want all guns banned think that someone who spends a lot of money on a suppressor and gives the Government photos of themselves and fingerprints is automatically going to become a criminal.

        Almost everyone that comments on this website has something nasty to say about people they disagree with. It’s pathetic, we are all people I am conservative and some of my best friends are liberal we get along great but when I read garbage like I’ve seen on it sickens me. You act like conservatives are the horrible people because they don’t think like you when in reality you probably have a lot in common.
        Open your minds and have a nice day!

  8. I have long believed and said that I think there should be minimum requirements for people who run for public office such as there are for any other jobs. I don’t suppose these nutjobs would ever pass anything that might make sense like high school civics and government classes with a passing grade. The scary thing is that these people were elected by their constituencies. What does that say about them????

  9. One of our legislators from Whitefish told me that he felt that half of his job was stopping bad legislation from going through, and the other half was making sure good legislation did get voted into law, so I guess this is just part of the way democracy works.

  10. boy, i thought our guys and gals in tennessee were the worst but as i see, idiocy transcends state borders

    • I know this doesn’t trump what y’all got going on here but there are a couple of bills making their way through the Tennessee legislature, from two different Teabaggers. One will name The Bible as the official state book. The other will name a $10,000 sniper rifle as the official state gun. I’m not kidding.

  11. Wasn’t there something about how these world-class intellects think they can change the constitution without a vote of the people? I’m in Minnesota and I heard they had bills that tried to change the constitution without the required process- so much for the TEA Party self-proclaimed reverence for said document. House bill 212 and another one?! This is insane.

  12. You people should do your own research. This site is full of lies. I dont even live in your boring ass state… let me break it down to a few truths that you should have read.

    I’m not sure if that site is legit. Almost all of the bullet points this page has are incorrect from said meeting that happened today. Most of these revised laws are just adaptations to the rest of the U.S.

    Numbers 6-8 are shit, and number 7 is against basic human rights.

    12. Was revised for : (10) The provisions of this section do not apply to a student who has brought a firearm to school or possesses a firearm at school as long as the firearm is secured in a locked container approved by the school district or in a locked motor vehicle the entire time the firearm is at school, except while the firearm is in use for a school-sanctioned instructional activity.

    9-11 should be revised to one.

    15. Admin or College personal only with proper training.

    17. also worded poorly, means federal law on single load firearms has no pull. only on semi and full auto.

    19. WTF… 19 is about vacc. in schools. as a requ. Immunization required — release and acceptance of immunization records.

    • Excuse me, you say you attended a “meeting” about this today? You mean you held a meeting about these bills? Please do say more – your post does not make sense.

  13. People, I watched the debate on this UN mind control bill by Pinocci. He said, and I quote – “if you do not believe that people are concerned about the UN, you need to check in with your local TEA Party and John Birch Society.” With no intended irony. And the arguments for it were all so wacky – Tom Burnett even made a speech.

  14. You need to put the co-sponsors on these. For example, look who is co-sponsoring the bill on the national ammunition shortage M. ROSENDALE, J. BRENDEN, D. BROWN, A. DOANE, C. GLIMM, B. KEENAN, A. KNUDSEN, M. MONFORTON, F. MOORE, D. MORTENSEN, R. PINOCCI, T. RICHMOND, D. SALOMON, K. WHITE, A. WITTICH

  15. More importantly – look who is co-sponsoring that UN One World Government Conspiracy Bill with Pinnoci: R. PINOCCI, S. BERGLEE, B. BROWN, C. FISCUS, C. GLIMM, D. LAMM, T. MANZELLA, M. MONFORTON, D. MORTENSEN, K. REGIER, B. TSCHIDA, K. WHITE

  16. Can any of you lefties explain why any of the gun proposals are ‘nutty’? I would suggest anyone who thinks these idea are ‘nutty’ is incapable of rational thought.
    Silencers to hunt? You really think poachers won’t use them because they are…illegal?
    Guns at school grounds? You really think mass murderers won’t bring them to school because the sign says it is…illegal?
    Carry a gun concealed? You really think the bad guys don’t put their guns in their pockets before they go rob the store because it is…wait for it…illegal?

    You believe gun control laws affect criminals? Just who you calling “nutty”?

    • CaveManDressedAsLegislator | February 27, 2015 12:49 PM at 12:49 PM |

      Instead of just reciting NRA talking points, why don’t you compare the rate of gun deaths and maimings per thousand citizens in the US with those in Canada, Britain, or Japan?
      Perhaps in your ideal world, elementary schoolers and kindergartners would all talk holstered guns to school–not to mention in middle school, high school, and college.
      Yet for some reason MT legislators would not change the law that forbids the carrying of guns inside the MT State House.

    • This is NOT Montana’s #1 Political Website. This is a BIAS site

  17. What is meant by “post-hunting activities”? Never mind, I don’t think I want to know.

  18. The saddest part of all of this….there are hundreds of thousands more just like them out there that actually voted these lunatics into office. I’m thoroughly convinced only the mentally ill run for political office.

  19. …..anyone notice that with all the gun-related legislation allowing people to “pack heat” in places that make no sense to have firearms, NOBODY has suggested resinding the law AGAINST having a gun inside the Capital Building, itself? huh, i wonder why THAT is?

  20. I started reading at SB 130 and stopped after HB 376. I’ll return and review the rest later. That said, the characterizations in this blog completely distort what the bills actually say. Disappointing. Thank you for the link for my future edification ($BAIV.return_all_bills?P_SESS=20151). Goodbye Cowgirl Blog

    • “Goodbye”, “I’ll return and review later”.

      Yes, very disappointing indeed.

    • you have to read what the bills do and not just the purposely vague and misleading titles that the legislators have given them. the TEA Partiers have taken to given their bills misleading titles because they hope the public won’t figure out what they are up to. this session has been the worst i’ve ever seen for this – either that or they are just afraid that their bills will make this list : )

  21. Jesus, this is enough to make people in Alberta say “thank God there’s a border”.

  22. Well in Oklahoma we have a bill to outlaw hoodies – I am not kidding, I think the TEA Party is upset over the blacklivesmatter protests. what you have here is totally craycray too. Just saying the hoodie ban is frightening

  23. You whiny bastards are something else with your total distortions of what the bills actually say and intend.

    And, you — Alberta guy/gal — we’d be completely happy if you never step foot in our state. Good riddance.

    • I think one of the biggest problems here is that legislators often – very, very often – do not even understand what their bills actually do. This can be helped sure by electing fewer stupid people – but also there are TOO MANY BILLS for these people to even try to comprehend. They should all be limited to carrying 3 bills. Then they would be slightly more likely to be able to understand or at least read them. It is no secret that the legislators do not read even a fraction of their bills. it also is pretty clear that some of the angry right commenters here do not read nor understood the bills. That is all.

    • CaveManDressedAsLegislator | February 27, 2015 12:59 PM at 12:59 PM |

      Who is “we”? Try speaking for yourself, however foulmouthed you are, and don’t pretend to speak for all Montanans. Normal and decent Montanans welcome neighbors from Alberta.

  24. CaveManDressedAsLegislator | February 27, 2015 12:08 PM at 12:08 PM |

    Perhaps some of these “MT Legislature greatest hits” bills will become new model bills for ALEC….
    These bills are what is known as “weeding in.”

  25. Dear Albertan- you are most welcome here! Most of us aren’t like this- we have a legislature that doesn’t care about representing anyone but doomsday preppers–but most of us aren’t like that and would love for you to visit our state! Will

  26. PolyMontana’s latest post on the CSKT Compact leads me to conclude that HB 583 is an indicator of how the House will vote on SB 262.

  27. The Liberal Is Me | March 3, 2015 11:44 AM at 11:44 AM |

    Love the name you have Montana Cowgirl, fits you well.
    Because your thinking is just as bovine as a cow

  28. The Liberal Is Me | March 3, 2015 11:45 AM at 11:45 AM |

    Come to California, you need to be here with us.

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