“What they can do is they can sue a statewide elected official who is refusing to comply with its constitutional duties when that inaction is unconstitutionally preventing the override process from occurring.”
By Blair Miller, Daily Montanan
More than six months after Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) vetoed one of the more broadly supported bills of this year’s legislative session just as the Senate voted to adjourn, lawyers for the governor and secretary of state told a judge Thursday they maintain the veto was done properly and that the groups that have sued trying to force an override poll have no standing to do so.
Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Mike Menahan, himself a former lawmaker, heard arguments for about two hours Thursday from attorneys representing Gianforte and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen (R), who were sued this summer by attorneys for the Montana Association of Counties, Wild Montana and the Montana Wildlife Federation.
The groups were heavily involved in lobbying efforts during this year’s legislative session to craft and pass Senate Bill 442, sponsored by Sen. Mike Lang (R-Malta), which ended up as a restructuring of where Montana’s roughly $50 million in annual marijuana tax revenue was
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