February 16, 2022 •
Possible Special Session on the Horizon for Montana
Gov. Greg Gianforte and Republican lawmakers announced they are looking into holding a special session to redraw Montana’s Public Service Commission districts.
Gianforte asserted he will only call a special session if it is limited to the solitary topic of redrawing, but a few Republicans wish to expand the special session.
Rep. Derek Skees wishes to address “election integrity,” requesting $250,000 to create a committee to examine election security.
The schism over the scope of the special session might take the issue out of the Legislature’s hands entirely.
A lawsuit is already pending in federal court over the population imbalance within districts.
If a special session is not called to amend the deficiency, the task will be turned over to a panel of three federal judges.
If Skees can garner a majority of lawmakers for his cause, the special session can be called without the governor’s approval.
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