January 12, 2017 •
Lawmakers Challenge Authority of Montana Commissioner of Political Practices
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Republican legislators say that rulings made by Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl in 2017 could be challenged by those affected if the court does not have the authority to change his confirmation.
Motl was appointed as Commissioner in 2013 by Gov. Steve Bullock and confirmed by the senate to a term ending January 1, 2017. A Montana District Court determined the end of his term to have no force or effect pending a decision as to whether he should serve a full 6-year term.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Solicitor General Dale Schowengerdt said that Motl’s authority is uncertain, resulting in substantial due process concerns. Motl believes state law requires him to continue his duties until a successor is appointed.
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