Missoula completed today interviews for Ward 2 candidates, and if you want to listen to the exchanges yourself, check out the audio link here.
Both the candidates Roy Houseman supports interviewed today. Cynthia Wolken, one of them, also forwarded an email about a possible move in Helena to “invalidate” the anti-discrimination ordinance Missoula adopted.
Wolken is chairwoman of the Montana Human Rights Network board of directors and executive board member of the Missoula County Democrats. She forwarded this note:
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From: Cynthia Wolken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 4:10 PM
Subject: Legislative attack on Missoula’s anti-discrimination ordinance
Rep. Kristen Hansen (R-Havre) has been working with Dallas Erickson on a bill that would prohibit – and invalidate – local anti-discrimination ordinances in Montana. Because this bill is still in the drafting process, there is no substantive language yet (I’ve spoken to the drafter, who provided me with general information). Obviously, there are more questions than answers at this point regarding the substance, breadth, and legality of the bill. It doesn’t look like we will get draft language in the next week, which means any hearing is pretty far out. At this point, we just need to alert folks to its existence – I will continue monitoring it and pass along information as it comes. If you are tracking it in LAWS, draft information can be found here:
Jason – since this will restrict all counties from similar ordinances, I would strongly urge the County Chairs to put this on their conference call agenda. Missoula’s lobbyist should also be on top of this. I will be working with ally groups such as the ACLU, MHRN, and Dem. Women’s Caucus on this legislation.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Cynthia L. Wolken, Esq.
This bill could be great for whatever bus companies run from Missoula to Helena. I imagine quite a crowd would show up at the Capitol for any hearings.
— Keila Szpaller