Archive: Legislature

This is rather long, as the Montana Legislature has always been a rich source of material for cartoons.

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An early one from way back in 1983.  It applies to every legislative session.

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Gov. Ted Schwinden’s “Build Montana” program didn’t fare well in the 1983 Legislature.

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Likewise applicable to every session.

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This was 1983.  These days, I could substitute DPHHS for SRS and publish the same cartoon.

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In the early 1980s, gambling was a hot topic in the Legislature.  But they also had their own game to play.

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I couldn’t resist doing this for St. Patrick’s Day 1985.

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In 1985, the “unisex law” aimed at removing gender differences in insurance rates across the board – auto, health, life, and so on.  Opponents predicted dire consequences.  The bill passed the Legislature, and the law survived later efforts to repeal it.

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As a result of the unisex law, insurance companies threatened to stop doing business in Montana.  It was an empty threat.

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A common sentiment near the end of every legislative session.

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This is a favorite – Bob Marks, Ted Schwinden, and Jack Ramirez hyping a special session to reduce Burlington Northern property taxes.

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Whenever a special session looms, all the issues come calling for attention.

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And this is often the result.  The governor is Ted Schwinden, who called six special sessions during his two terms.  He still holds the record.

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A special session can quickly become intimidating.

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As the Legislature convened in 1987, there was a lot of bluster, as usual, about “fixin’ things right.”

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A favorite of mine – the Legislatures wastes energy on debating a bill to designate English as the state’s “official language.”

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1987 was a particularly contentious year for the two chambers of the Legislature.

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After several stalemates in 1987, the legislative leadership called a summit.

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This always occurs after a legislative session.

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In 1987, the GOP pushed for a special session to reduce government regulation.  It didn’t happen.

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The 1987 Legislature assigned an interim committee to review and possibly reform legislative procedures.

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This is crude, but it often feels this way.

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My favorite bill from the 1991 session was Bill Strizich’s (D-Great Falls) proposal to have local prisoners pay for their incarceration.

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It’s always down to the wire in the Legislature.

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At the end of 1991, Gov. Stephens called a special session to deal with the budget.

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In the January 1992 special session, the Legislature once again shot itself in the foot.