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Special Alert--Oppose HB 220, Revise election laws for county commissioners

Posted Date: 
January 28, 2013
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties

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HB 220, Revise election laws for county commissioners, will be heard in House State Administration on Wednesday at 8:00.

This bill would require all commissioners be elected only by the voters in their district.  This bill in one form or another has been introduced in nearly every session since I have been at MACo, however it seems to be getting more difficult to kill.  In 2011, it was Senate Bill 302. Senate Bill 302 came out of Senate Local Government committee on a 7-0 vote and died on the Senate floor on a 25-25 vote.  Proponents were Builders, Farm Bureau, Contractors and United Property Owners. This will take a full-court press to kill.