Back by popular demand after the big hit in 2011, here is the current list of actual Republican bills in the 2013 Montana Legislature. Enjoy.
1. Amend the U.S. Constitution to prevent President from entering into any arms treaties that infringe on gun rights. HJ 5
2. Allow corporal punishment in lieu of incarceration for misdemeanor crimes and felonies, punishment to be imposed be commensurate with the severity, nature, and degree of the harm caused by the offender. Punishment must be administered publicly. LC1452
3. Authorize alkaline hydrolysis as a means of dissolving human remains in lieu of cremation, as is done with animal carcasses. LC226
4. Authorize trapping of mountain lions by Montana residents. HB 29 Continue reading
Today’s must read post is a piece up now at the Flathead Memo on how and why the spear hunting bill met its demise. Read it here.
The latest TEA Party Republican to garner national attention for wacky legislation is Rep. Joe Read (R-Ronan) who has been busy touting his claims that Montana can legislate the laws of nature and science.
“As a citizen legislature, we are inclined to believe with the sun on our hands and our face,” he said, “and we’re not seeing the global warming.”
Enjoy this clip from the Colbert Report.
The Republican legislative delegation from Havre, while speaking with the public and the Havre Daily News over the legislative break, took the opportunity to clear their good names and prove wrong the Montanans across the state who have called their work “frivolous and unconstitutional bills that do nothing to create jobs.”
First, new GOP-TEA Representative Kris Hansen doesn’t let evidence get in the way of obvious truth when she publicly proclaimed that:
She said she gets hundreds, even thousands of e-mails each week attacking her for her votes and actions in Helena. She might get three or four telling her she is doing a good job.
Hanson was also quick to offer the proof that Republicans are fixing the economy and creating jobs, and took her opportunity in the spotlight to focus on what surely is one of the best bills of the session, a bill brought by her fellow Havre Republican, Wendy Warburton.
“I expect there area some of you out there who think we’re doing nothing for business since we got to Helena, and that’s not the truth, ” she said.
One of her examples was a bill that will allow landlords to not put carbon monoxide detectors in some of their units.
The Cowgirl Blog had earlier highlighted the bill here. The fine folks at Intelligent Discontent have already pointed out that the GOP has been unfairly picked on by the media, as Hansen, Warburton, and Hutton explain so clearly in their interview. Thank you Havre Republicans for clearing up the situation for the rest of us on the excellent work with which the GOP-controlled legislature is engaged.
The Billings Gazette is reporting today that Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, faced with a ridiculous amount of ridiculous legislation headed for his desk, has got himself a cattle branding iron with the word VETO and has registered the brand with the Department of Livestock.
He has said that he will be vetoing any bill that does not create jobs. This is Schweitzer showmanship at its classic best. It makes a point, and will likely get results. There are many giant Republican asses in the legislature, they will not want to be burned with a hot branding iron.
Wacky bills this session include allowing hunting with spears among many others, click here for a partial list.