Senate committee bill looks to reduce the size of Montana's Legislature

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January 16, 2013

Montana

By Tyler King

HELENA, Montana: The Senate Judiciary Committee looked at two bills that would reduce the size of the Montana House to 80 members from the current 100 and the Senate to 40 members from the current 50. The bills, authored by Senator Jason Priest (R), would have put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot asking voters to authorize the reduction.[1]

Priest said the bills would make elections more competitive, improve the relationships between lawmakers that have suffered since term limits were implemented, and reduce the number of bills introduced. Senator Anders Blewett (D) described the bills as, "a solution to a problem that I don’t think exists."[1]

Both bills failed and were tabled to await future action instead of being voted on.[1]

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