In Branding Ceremony, MT Gov. Schweitzer vetoes Anti Fed Law, Anti Agenda 21 law, but Upholds Medical Marijuana…


Governor Brian Schweitzer fired up his “VETO” branding iron on Wednesday, vetoing seven bills on the lawn of the state Capitol in Helena.

During the event, Schweitzer said, “These bills are either frivolous, unconstitutional, or in direct contradiction to the expressed will of the people of Montana.”

Schweitzer vetoed a total of 17 bills on Wednesday, but only used his “VETO” branding iron for seven of them.

Among the bills he vetoed was the proposal to repeal the Medical Marijuana Act, and the measure that would have elminated same-day voter registration.

Click the image to watch raw video from the event.

The Governor vetoed the following bills during Wednesday’s event; the ones that he used the branding iron are indidated.

(Senate Bill/Sponsor – Short Title)

SB 114 – Hinkle – Federal law enforcement officers should communicate with sheriff (BRANDED)

Known by supporters as “sheriffs first” legislation, Senate Bill 114, sponsored by Sen. Greg Hinkle, R-Thompson Falls, would move power away from federal officials and toward county sheriffs — “the guy that we know and the rascal we can throw out,” said Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association.

He called it a bill to encourage cooperation among local and federal authorities, as well as “Plan B” in the legal battle over the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, passed in 2009. That act aimed to set up a lawsuit with the federal government over federal gun laws and could be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court, Marbut said. If that doesn’t go Montana’s way, the “sheriffs first” law would enable the state to implement the firearms law without permission from the federal government, he said.

The bill would let sheriffs refuse such permission for the federal action “for any reason.”
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HB 318 – Warburton – Ensure county oversight in movement of publicly-owned wild buffalo or bison (BRANDED) – THIS EXTENDS AGENDA 21 (WWF AUTHORITY INTO MONTANA) WWF and Ted Turner are attempting to drive out ranchers and replace them with Bison… AKA Steal land! County oversite might stop this. I smell a PAY OFF here!

SB 109 – Barrett – Revise definition of eligible renewable resources (BRANDED)

HB 272 – Flynn – Eliminate ability for FWP to use hunting access fees to acquire fee title lands (BRANDED)

SB 159 – Priest – Revise energy efficiency and code adoption requirements in building codes (BRANDED)

HB 180 – Edmunds – Revise close of voter registration (BRANDED)

SB 306 – Murphy – Revise mining laws regarding cyanide health and vat leach open-pit mining (BRANDED)

HB 456 – Smith – Define scope/ boundaries of human sexuality/reproduct ed in K-12 public schools

HB 464 – Blasdel – Provide medical liability protection for hard-to-recruit subspecialists

SB 111 – Sonju – Limit noneconomic damages in motor vehicle accidents

SB 228 – Priest – Prohibit creation of health insurance exchange under PPACA

SB 324 – Balyeat – Revise consumer protection laws and settlement proceeds

SB 370 – Priest – Require cost-benefit analysis of mandated health insurance coverage of service

SB 254 – Hutton – Provide state eminent domain authority for federal lands

HB 161 – Milburn – Repeal medical marijuana law

SB 183 – Brown – Revise interim zoning laws

HB 542 – Esp – Revise subdivision and platting act

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