Quote for the Day…
When you truly don’t care what anyone thinks of you, you have reached a dangerously awesome level of freedom. – Anonymous
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Vaccine Status Bill
- Recreational Marijuana
- Three Abortion Bills
- The Western Word Poll
VACCINE STATUS BILL:
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Montana’s Legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment. The bill makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice for a person or governmental entity to deny services, goods, privileges, licensing, educational opportunities or employment opportunities based on vaccination status or whether someone has an immunity passport.
I am against this bill. It seems some in this country have forgotten that freedom is not always free. This bill is a classic from the conspiracy theory lunatics in the Republican Party.
I imagine this bill will end up being debated in the courts and hopefully overturned.
Read the full story from the AP by clicking HERE.
It was an amazing turnaround. The bill to implement recreational use of marijuana in Montana died a few times but was ultimately passed by the state House on Tuesday.
Lee Newspapers is reporting that Montana’s marijuana implementation bill survived intense scrutiny from a legalization-hesitant Republican majority to pass the Legislature on Tuesday. House Bill 701 from Rep. Mike Hopkins, R-Missoula, cleared the House on a 67-32 vote and now heads to Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte, where he is expected to sign it.
They are also reporting that if all goes well recreational weed would hit retail shelves in January 2022.
The state now must write the rules and that can be a game-changer.
Read the full report from Lee Newspapers by clicking HERE.
THREE ABORTION BILLS:
The Associated Press (AP) reported that Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed three bills Monday restricting abortion access in the state, celebrating it as a success after several attempts to pass similar measures in previous years were vetoed by former Democratic governors. The bills ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, require health care providers to give pregnant women the opportunity to view an ultrasound before performing an abortion, and place several restrictions on abortion pills, including requiring that they be administered in-person rather than through telehealth.
Although these bills were signed into law by Gianforte, they will ultimately be decided in court – and will probably be thrown out.
The AP also reported Gianforte signed the measures in the presence of a jubilant crowd of Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion activists. One of the lawmakers, Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, looked to be wearing a MAGA sign or pin.
You can see the photos from the event, including Sheldon-Galloway’s hat and MAGA pin, and read the story from the AP by clicking HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
Don’t forget to participate in this week’s poll that asks, “What Grade Will You Give President Joe Biden for His First 100 Days?”
Click HERE to participate. The results will be posted Thursday.