July 6, 2016 •
No Special Session in Montana to Address Political Contribution Limits
Lawmakers in Montana rejected a request for a special legislative session to address the state’s campaign finance laws.
Ten legislators called for a special session to address the law controlling contribution limits. In May, a U.S. District Court found Montana’s current law concerning political contribution limits unconstitutional. The ruling reinstated most contribution limits in place before the statute was enacted.
In order to convene the special session, 76 lawmakers, just over half the 150 total number of legislators, needed to agree to the special session. However, only 20 legislators voted in favor of a special session. Montana Public Radio reports Sen. Cary Smith, a supporter of the special session, as saying, “I know the standard is high to call a special session, and that we will be back in session in 2017 and be able to work on this issue.”
Photo of the Montana State Capitol by Maksim on Wikimedia Commons.
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