Sen. Laible Goes Mealy-Mouthed on SB314

by jhwygirl

We blogged about SB314 just a few days ago, based on a hat tip from Lucky of The Button Valley Bugle.

Well, seems like Senator Laible is attempting to redeem himself in an interview with Perry Backus, editor of the Ravalli Republic.

So transparent, it’s laughable.

Here’s the part that had me choking on my coffee this morning (as if seeing the piece, in and of itself, wasn’t enough):

“It began as a very innocent request from a constituent who thought we needed to change things a little bit,” Laible said.

Instead, Laible said the language contained in the bill went further than what he intended.

“They provided me with some language that goes way beyond clearing some issues with stream access and ends up taking away the rights of other constituents to access the state’s waterways,” Laible said. “That’s not going to happen in this bill.”

So Liable had a constituent hand him a bill and he just handed it in at the legislature under his sponsorship without reading it?

Or does he lack basic reading comprehension skills? Because in my first read of the bill it was pretty darn clear.

Which is it? Or is there another possibility there that I’m missing?

Here’s another question: Is he so out-of-touch with not only what is going on in his state, but what is going on right on his waterways, that he was unaware that SB314 reverses the very recent Montana Supreme Court ruling?

Then the story goes on to say “Laible wouldn’t say who wrote the bill.”

Well, I’ll take a wild guess at it and say maybe it was one of the well-lawyered litigants in the Mitchell slough case? The Siebel’s, perhaps?

You know – after I wrote that original SB314 piece, there was one thing I couldn’t get out of my head. That was the question of who wrote the bill. Was it a state employee? Laible himself? And then I thought “Hell, I bet it was the litigants themselves.”

The heart of the matter in the case was exactly what HB314 is attempting to address: What is a natural stream?

Look at the history on SB314: The bill was submitted in September and put on hold – but taken off hold and reactivated not 72 hours after the Supreme Court decision came down.

It’s no secret that the litigants are preparing a U.S. Supreme Court appeal – and as I mentioned in the previous post, this legislation is their “Hail Mary.”

Keep that in mind, because, as the record shows…..Laible: A puppet of the rich.

  1. 1 Does Public Comment Make a Difference? « 4&20 blackbirds

    […] On Saturday, Sen. Rick Liable withdrew his request for SB314. One day, notably, after his piss-poor interview with editor Perry Backus of the Ravalli Republic. […]

  2. 2 Today in Legislative Lunacy…. « 4&20 blackbirds

    […] session, Sen. Rick Liable from down Ravalli County way did some high-stepping back-tracking when the public found out about his proposal to eliminate public access on the waterways, which […]

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