Archive for January 23rd, 2009

by jhwygirl

UPDATE: HB188 survived its 3rd reading, garnering a vote of 71-28. It actually gained 3 “nay” votes, while losing one – Rep. Bill Nooney, of Missoula. Good deal, Bill – you did the right thing.

Great Falls Rep. Deborah Kottel, looking out for all those military personnel in her district has proposed HB188 which would allow for double damages for wrongful withholding of security deposits.

Geez, who doesn’t support our armed forces, right?

This bill passed the House Business & Labor Committee with a 14 – 4 vote, and has also survived a 2nd reading in the House (today) with a 74 – 26 vote.

This bill has to survive the 3rd reading – which is tomorrow morning.

You gotta wonder why someone might vote against a bill like this. I mean, it would only apply if a landlord wrongfully withheld a security deposit. There’d have to be a small claims court trial. The landlord would have to be found guilty of holding the deposit unlawfully. So no harm, no foul, right?

No harm, no foul. But the bill does do good by protecting the consumer and putting a strong financial incentive into the lawbooks to prevent this type of unlawful activity – and that is key – keeping a security deposit is currently a violation of the law. HB188 would merely provide stronger incentive to prevent unlawful activity.

So who are the 26 voting against protecting renters? Renters not only like the people in their districts, but renters like those military folk up there in Great Falls?

Well, here in Missoula, we’ve got Bill Nooney

Renters in Dillon, including UM-Western students, aren’t getting any support from Jeffery Welborn.

Apparently the renters and students in MSU Bozeman aren’t of concern to:

Ted Washburn,
Scott Sales, and
Gordon Vance

Then there’s Joel Boniek, of Livingston and Bob Wagner, of Harrison.

What about renters and students in and around MSU-Billings?:

Dennis Himmelberger,
Don Roberts, and
Ken Peterson

In Laurel, there’s Krayton Kerns, and in Huntley there’s Bill Glaser.

Consumer protection in Kalispell – and think about all the jobs lost there, and renters that may have to move? – isn’t an issue, I guess:

Keith Regier, and
Jon Sonju

Then there’s Pat Ingraham, of Thompson Falls, Chas Vincent, of Libby, and Mark Blasdel, of Somers.

Ravalli County and the Bitterroot? No renters there needing protection?

Bob Lake, of Hamilton
Gary MacLaren, of Victor, and
Ron Stoker, of Darby

Near Great Falls, there’s Edward Butcher, of Winifred and
Llew Jones, of Conrad.

Who’s left?

Walter McNutt, of Sidney
Scott Mendenhall, of Clancy
Mike Miller, of Helmville
Wendy Warburton, of Havre

Shame. No harm, no foul – and only an added incentive to prevent activity that is already unlawful.

No excuse, people – no excuse.


by problembear

…that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply…”- excerpt from the inaugural address. 1-20-09

sometimes when the #&^holes get to me i visit my new house, and i feel much better.

you always expect the naysayers and the malcontents and the annoying catcalls from a few because that is what they do, but the people have spoken and he is our president, so don’t expect me to be complacent about unfounded mean-spirited criticisms designed to divert us from the goal of rebuilding america after the most corrupt bunch of liars, cowards and thieves tried their utmost to defeat us. america is us. obama is us. and we are on the train so people get ready, there’s a train a comin’….

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