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6A SUNDAY, FEB. 10,2019 Editorial legislative session heating up The first weeks of the legislature were filled with many clean-up bills, often passing with be- tween 70 and 100 percent support. Now the House floor debates are getting more spirited and the de- cisions to vote yea or nay are a little more difficult to make on complicated issues. I passed my first legis- lation out of the House, 83-16. HB 50 dealt with commodity dealers and warehouses. This week I presented it to the Senate Agriculture Committee. One highlight of my week was introducing HB 405, the Catch and Keep Montana’s Trea- sure Act, along with a bipartisan group of nine cosponsoring legislators from across Montana. This legislation was crafted through the input of community leaders and is aimed at help- ing rural Montana with recruitment and reten- tion of skilled workers to promote economic growth. The Catch and Keep program will offer grants, matched by 10- cal and private capital, along with tax credits for skilled workers willing to make a five-year commit- ment to live and work in a rural Montana com. munity. It is similar to a Kansas program that has seen success. The Kansas program has provided an esti- mated return to their economy of roughly $6 for every $1 invested in grants. Details are available at: : https:// billpdf/HB0405.pdf Another high point was having Fairview High School senior Ally- son Young at the Capitol to work as a page. She did a great job of helping out in the House of Rep- resentatives and I was glad to recommend her for the opportunity! I also introduced HB 389 to remove the over— height permit and fee for local agriculture producers using state roads without an overpass or overhang on them. Our Business and Labor Committee that I serve on, heard HB in “NW From Feb. 9. On this day in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year, Paige, a pitching legend known for his fastball, shovvmanship and the longevity of his playing career, which spanned five decades, was induct- ed. Joe DiMaggio once called Paige “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.” Paige was born in Mobile, Ala., most likely on July 7, 1906, although the exact date remains a mystery He earned his nickname, Satchel, as a boy when he earned money carrying pas- sengers’ bags at train stations. Baseball was segregated when Paige started playing baseball professionally in the 19208, so he spent most of his career pitching for Negro League teams around the United States. During the winter sea- son, he pitched for teams in the Caribbean and Central and South Amer- ica. As a barnstorming player who traveled thousands of miles each 261 that sought to expand permits for beer and wine sales to amateur youth sports. Our commit- tee voted the legislation down on a bipartisan 10—9 vote. I voted against the legisla- tion because my priority is to support policy that makes our communi- ties stronger and more wholesome. Given our state already has a sub- stance abuse problem, I didn’t think having al- cohol served at amateur youth sporting events sent the right message to our youth. The Conservative Solutions Caucus within the Montana Republican Party has also been in the news lately. I’ve en- joyed working with this group of 25-30 other law- makers since I’ve been in Helena because they are a refreshing group of problem-solvers, who shun the sound bite culture, nay saying, and hyper—partisanship that has been hurting our state and country. Our focus is on crafting conservative legislation that puts the needs of our constituents first and also has a good chance of being signed into law by the governor. The group is filled with leaders carrying legislation as diverse as the State Pay Plan, K-12 education funding, school safety, expanding opportunities for career technical education, consistent and reliable infrastructure funding and work force develop- ment. Hg The approach I have taken to the legislature is to work with people from across the political spectrum, Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between, on policies that have merit and will benefit Richland County. I have also been work- ing toward common sense solutions, cutting burdensome regulations and limiting the growth of government. Stoe Rep. loel Krautter season and played for whichever team met his asking price, he pitched an estimated 2,500 games, had 300 shut-outs and 55 no-hitters. In one month in 1935, he reportedly pitched 29 consecutive games. In 1947, Jackie Rob- linson broke baseball’s color barrier and became the first African Ameri- can to play in the Major Leagues when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. The following year, Paige also entered the majors, signing with the Cleve- land Indians and becom- ing, at age 42, baseball’s oldest rookie. Paige re- tired from the majors in 1953, but returned in 1965 to pitch three innings for the Kansas City A’s. He was 59 at the time, mak- ing him the oldest person ever to play in the Major Leagues. In addition to being famous for his talent and longevity, Paige was also well-known for his sense of humor and colorful observations on life, including: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you” and “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” fithntg 312th 'srnvmo THE MONDAK REGION SINCE 1903 Kelly Miller, Publisher Bill Vendor Weele, Editor ElTl-lER OF ll—lOSE MEEALSCHOOLWK mwfimflm PAGE!“ nuts norm: IN OFFENSIVE COSTUMES! SIDNEY HERALD DlD DRESS UP As MICHAEL lAcKsorl oNCE AND I‘M soRRY .FROM NOW ON, . I LL BE DRESSlNG IVORE APPROPRWELY School organizations should represent students BY ELSIE ARth MONlANA STATE SUPERINIENDENI OF SCHOOLS This week, the Montana Public Education Center (MT-PEG) sent a representative to the Montana Senate Education Committee to oppose student safety legislation which has received bipartisan support. “ The specific bill is Senate Bill 132, the Student Safety Account- ability Act, which the Oflice of Public Instruction requested, and Sen. Regier from Kalispell is carrying. This common-sense legislation recognizes that students are a protected class and that school officials are in a position of trust over them. This position of trust and authority over students creates an unequal balance of power in a relationship in which students cannot meaningftu consent to sexual contact. Why would Montana’s statewide education associations oppose this most basic proposal to re- move predators from classrooms? MT—PEC is a statewide organiza- tion that represents the Montana Federation of Public Employees, the Montana School Boards As- sociation, the School Administra- tors of Montana, the Montana Quality Education Coalition, the Montana Rural Education Asso- ciation, and the Montana Associa- tion of School Business Officials. .It is my hope that these state associations represent their local students and members. The opposition and proposed amendments by MT-PEC threaten Senate Bill 132 by arbitrarily broadening its scope beyond the language that Office of Public In- struction and Department of Jus- tice experts have carefully crafted during the course of several months. Senate Bill 132 addresses ' a root cause of sexual misconduct in schools by criminalizing the actions of predators. This legislation specifically protects from prosecution peer-to- peer relationships to ensure that students and those young adults who recently graduated are not branded as criminals for dating their peers. MT—PEC’s proposed amend- ments jeopardize the passage of this crucial legislation and, if implemented, could lead to the prosecution of students and young adults for harmless rela- tionships. I would challenge MT-PEC and its member organizations to self- examine who they represent this legislative session. The answer should be Montana’s students. A rnere technicality The Republican controlled ' ' reviews. Montana Legislature is chang— You don’t have ing its rules in order to forbid to be around the posting of “legal reviews” on political people the Legislature’s website. This is very long before good news for Rep. Greg DeVries, you realize that (R-Jefferson City) who has intro- , duced a bill to abolish Montana’s compulsory education require- ment. (Where was this guy when I was in grammar school?) Legal reviews were notes at- tached to bills that pointed out that there might be a good chance that a bill might, say, violate the Montana Constitution if it became law. DeVries bill (HB 303) might fly in the face of Montana’s constitutional requirement to pro- vide “a quality education for all”, but then I guess that all the state has to do is provide the education, it doesn’t have to be used. DeVries’ silly idea aside, forbid- ding publication of legal reviews is equally silly. Why would you not want people to know if a bill might be unconstitutional? Well, of course, only if you didn’t like the criticism. . Imagine a bill banning fire- arms. Don’t you think that there would be a violation of Montana’s constitutional right to bear arms, let alone the Second Amendment? Of course, most people don’t need a legal note to be told that, but there are many other less obvi- ous issues that people would need to be told about, hence the legal V every one of them ' is an expert on our state and national momma constitutions, and Democrat strangely enough, they all manage to - - interpret the con- J'm Rho" stitutions to suit their own ideologi- cal needs. There are also a lot of legisla- tors who think that the courts misinterpret the law, and that'it’s up to the legislature to make sure the judges toe the line the legisla- tors think they have drawn. To that end, a lot of laws are proposed that fly right in the face of established law, but law makers insist that they know more than the courts. To set the record straight, the ability of courts to review and rule on legislative acts was established in 1803 (Marbury v. Madison). Doing away with legal notes doesn’t change the legal problems a bill might have, but it does make it harder to find out about them. To be fair, eliminating legal notes puts the situation pretty ’ much where it was before 2013, when there were no legal notes attached to bills. At that time the Chief Legal Officer for the Legislature —— who reads ALL the bills to see if there might be any problems with them -— would let the sponsor know if the bill proposes to do something that is unconstitutional. The sponsors, in that case, would most generally say they didn’t care what their head attor- ney thought and would go ahead with the bill in spite of its consti- tutional problems. I suspect that a legal note had no more effect on a bill’s sponsor trying to get the bill passed than just telling them that it had big problems, but it might have given some legislators pause in voting for the bill. Removing the legal notes has been decried as making the leg islative process more difficult for citizens to understand, but to me the end of the world it is notpa'nd I expect things will go on in much the Same way as they did previ- ously, either before legal notes, or during legal notes. Constitutionally questionable or not, a law is considered consti- tutional until a court of law rules otherwise. Without legal notes there may be more challenges to laws, but significantly how many more is anyone’s guess. But the big question for me is; what does the public gain by getting rid of them? How to make philanthropy tit into—your budget One of the universal you accomplish goals pia and wanted to give your wants and needs. truths is that, while that match your values.” something back to their Cut out all of the money can help meet And if you value native homeland. expenses that don’t align your needs and provide giving back to others — Hagensen has three ‘ with your values. There you with the basic neces- to your community, to tips for those who want is no one size fits all . sities of life, it can’t your favorite cause or to give to their favorite when it comes to what make you happy. to planet Earth then charities in 2019, but is important to people. However, it can be a money will enable you to aren’t sure where the Most people think that powerful weapon of self— accomplish that goal. money will come from: a house is a necessity, satisfaction when used But as you look at Write down your val- the right way ~ such as your budget for 2019, you ues. Spend a few minutes through philanthropic may not know where to really examine what is endeavors. And since the money will come important to you. Make April 15 is around the from to give to your sure all your monetary corner, it is a good time favorite charity or cause. decisions support your to contemplate how you The answer is that it is values. If you have older can integrate charitable probably sitting right children, include them giving into your tax- underneath your nose, in the discussion so you planning strategies. Hagensen says. But it can create a teachable “Money can be an will take discipline to moment for them. . incredible tool when find it. “ Write down your long- you align it with your Hagensen practices term and short-term values,” says John what he preaches; his goals. Compare those Hagensen, founder and com any Keystone goals to how you are managing director of We ‘ th Partners has spending your money. Keystone Wealth Part- made a commitment to Spend intentionally. ners (wwwkeystone— donate up to $10,000 to If you value traveling, help create clean-water then cut down your “It enables you to feel a projects in Africa. That expenses at home so you sense of contentment aligns with his values can travel more. Align that your money is work- because he adopted two your expenses with what ing hard for you to help children from Ethio- you value in life and but some people would rather live in a tent and travel all the time than own a home. It just 1 depends on what you value so make the most of your money. “It usually does not take a major financial ‘ overhaul to give more to philanthropic causes,” Hagensen says. “It just takes a consistent ap- proach that aligns with your values.” I John Hagensen is the loander and managing director of Keystone Wealth Partners (www. in Chandler, Ariz. y” <....r-M.wmj‘gr;e