Governor says he’s ready to call special legislative session
Gov. Greg Gianforte sent a letter to state legislature leaders on Tuesday “reiterating my position on calling a special session of the Montana legislature.”
Governor Gianforte has made it clear that he does not take the calling of a special session lightly stating “I take seriously our role as elected officials as responsible stewards of taxpayers’ resources, and I recognize also with a citizens’ legislature, the individual responsibilities of your members outside of regular legislative sessions For these reasons, I do not take the calling of a special session lightly.
Due to recent controversies surrounding the current Civil Service Commission districts, Gianforte wrote that he supported a special session along that narrow focus.
“My position is clear,” he wrote. “If and when the legislature has demonstrated broad support for a Public Service Commission (PSC) map and agreement that the sole focus of a special session will be limited to PSC districts, I am prepared to to convene a special session for the sole purpose of redistricting the PSC and any statutory requirements associated with a legislative session. I look forward to our continued partnership.”
The letter was addressed to Mark Blasdel, President of the Montana Senate, and Wylie Galt, Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives.
Aaron Flint of Townsquare Media recently posted an article online addressing the controversy over the number of people represented in each of the PSC’s current five districts that is not equal under the Constitution’s “one person, one vote” rule. American.
Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is being sued by voters for the unequal distribution of voters across Montana’s five PSC districts.
Governor Gianforte’s desire to convene a special session aims to solve this problem.
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