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Type:Health Care Freedom
Requested Patriot Action: This bill will be introduced in Montana in January 2011. Please contact all of your Montana Senators and ask them to co-sponsor and support this bill. We will let you know when this bill is assigned to a committee. This will enable you to call the committee members to get this bill out of committee.
Sponsors: Senate Sponsor:
Jim Shockley (406)642-3817

Senate Co-sponsors:
Greg Hinkle (406)827-4645
Jeff Essmann (406)534-3345
Roy Brown (406)252-5554

House Co-sponsors:
Cary Smith (406)698-9307
Tom Mcgillvray (406)656-7542
Lee Randall (406)436-2807
Wendy Warburton (406)262-3185
Kenneth D. Peterson (406)591-2608
Gary MacLaren (406)642-3887

Session Schedule: No Even Year Sessions

In Session Jan 2011 - Apr 2011

The Montana State Legislature convenes only on odd numbered years, and for 90 day periods.

In addition, state law allows for the legislature to be convened in special session by the governor or at the written request of a majority of the members.
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Status:Text Published to be introduced in Jan 2011 by Sen Jim Shockley
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State constitution: Constitution of the State of Montana



Section 1. Popular sovereignty. All political power is vested in and derived from the people. All government of right originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.

Section 2. Self-government. The people have the exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state. They may alter or abolish the constitution and form of government whenever they deem it necessary.

Section 3. Inalienable rights. All persons are born free and have certain inalienable rights. They include the right to a clean and healthful environment and the rights of pursuing life's basic necessities, enjoying and defending their lives and liberties, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and seeking their safety, health and happiness in all lawful ways. In enjoying these rights, all persons recognize corresponding responsibilities.

Section 4. Individual dignity. The dignity of the human being is inviolable. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws. Neither the state nor any person, firm, corporation, or institution shall discriminate against any person in the exercise of his civil or political rights on account of race, color, sex, culture, social origin or condition, or political or religious ideas.

Section 5. Freedom of religion. The state shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Section 6. Freedom of assembly. The people shall have the right peaceably to assemble, petition for redress or peaceably protest governmental action.

Section 7. Freedom of speech, expression, and press. No law shall be passed impairing the freedom of speech or expression. Every person shall be free to speak or publish whatever he will on any subject, being responsible for all abuse of that liberty. In all suits and prosecutions for libel or slander the truth thereof may be given in evidence; and the jury, under the direction of the court, shall determine the law and the facts.

Section 8. Right of participation. The public has the right to expect governmental agencies to afford such reasonable opportunity for citizen participation in the operation of the agencies prior to the final decision as may be provided by law.

Section 9. Right to know. No person shall be deprived of the right to examine documents or to observe the deliberations of all public bodies or agencies of state government and its subdivisions, except in cases in which the demand of individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure.

Section 10. Right of privacy. The right of individual privacy is essential to the well-being of a free society and shall not be infringed without the showing of a compelling state interest.

Section 11. Searches and seizures. The people shall be secure in their persons, papers, homes and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures. No warrant to search any place, or seize any person or thing shall issue without describing the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized, or without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation reduced to writing.

Section 12. Right to bear arms. The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.


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