The legal note about Nancy Ballance’s “Sheriffs-First” bill in the House has been posted. Unsurprisingly, it’s deemed unconstitutional. You can read the legal analysis HERE.
As stated in a recent Ravalli Republic editorial, Ballance’s bill is political grandstanding with no hope of either passage or success in the courts. This bill has failed in each of the past two legislative sessions but it’s author, Gary Marbut, just won’t let it drop.
It’s sad the Legislature continues to waste time on this bill that has no hope of getting past Governor Bullock’s desk and even less chance of getting past the legal challenge that would surely arise. Especially considering virtually no sheriff or county attorney wants this bill passed.
You get what you vote for and this is an instance where the voters are throwing away good money to pay for a legislator wasting everyone’s time and resources.