Readers here will no doubt recall TEA Party Republican Greg Hinkle’s Senate Bill 114, which would have given county sheriffs authority trumping that of the federal government – one of the nuttiest bills of the legislative session.
TEA Party Congressman Dennis Rehberg has the latest iteration of this nutball idea–he is an original co-sponsor of the infamous bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security complete control over all federal lands within 100 miles of the Canadian border. We’re talking about the top half of the entire state of Montana.
It isn’t known to what extent Hinkle may have helped Rehberg to develop the idea. Perhaps they thought that starting with half of the state first and switching from County Sheriffs to Homeland Security would somehow be more palatable. What is known is that local hunters and anglers are furious. Montana Hunters & Anglers today have launched a second ad campaign aimed at Congressman Dennis Rehberg.
Here’s the ad:
On the Hunters and Anglers website, the group explains why they created the second ad:
Rehberg is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1505 by Representative Bob Bishop of Utah. The bill would allow the DHS to obtain “operational control” of federal lands within 100 miles of the Canadian border. Although Rehberg says his amendment makes the bill more palatable, Montana Hunters & Anglers Action President Land Tawney called those provisions “lipstick on a pig” and he says the legislation remains “ominous and frightening.”
Whatever you call it, the bill is evidence that a combination that includes Rehberg and lawmaking only results in one hot mess.