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Constitutional or not? In Montana the answer depends on which branch you're in, and it may be up to the third branch--the state supreme court--to decide. Governor Brian Schweitzer maintains House Bill 676, which passed in 2009 and became law without his signature, is unconstitutional because it addresses more than one subject. Not so, lawmakers argue. Schweitzer sued the Legislature over the bill in September and settlement talks between the governor and leading legislators have stalled. Schweitzer, who said he would hold the suit in abeyance until the Legislature adjourns next year to give them time to address the parts of the bill he claims are unconstitutional, now wants to take the matter straight to the Supreme Court.

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Title Annotation:People & Politics
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U8MT
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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