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Montana House speaker kills mail-ballot bill with parliamentary power

April 19, 2017View for printing

Republican House Speaker Austin Knudsen is using his parliamentary power to kill a measure allowing counties to hold an all-mail ballot in Montana's May 25 special congressional election.

Knudsen has refused to schedule a floor vote on House Bill 83, which Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock sent back to the House on April 7, with amendments giving counties the option to conduct an all-mail ballot.

Without a floor vote, the bill is dead - unless at least 60 House members vote to overrule Knudsen's decision, which is unlikely.

In a statement Tuesday, Bullock said Knudsen is "playing procedural games to prevent this (bill) from reaching the House floor."

By Mike Dennison

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