NAC Advisory
MONTANA Senate Bill 356

February 12, 2003

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DATE   : February 12, 2003
SUBJECT: Montana Senate Bill 356
TO     : All naturists in Montana

THIS IS AN ADVISORY.
NO ACTION BY INDIVIDUAL NATURISTS IS BEING REQUESTED AT THIS TIME.

Dear Montana Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee is closely monitoring the 2003 U.S. state legislatures on behalf of naturists. We have recently identified a threatening situation in Montana. NAC wishes to make you aware of it, to let you know what NAC is doing, and to ask that you be prepared to help.

THE PROBLEM

Just this past Friday, Sen. Duane Grimes (R-Clancy) introduced Senate Bill 356, a measure that addresses indecent exposure. The proposed new law would allow local governments within the state to adopt ordinances or resolutions that go beyond Montana state law in describing additional prohibited conduct and establishing penalties.


EXISTING STATE LAW

Montana's laws concerning indecent exposure are already among the most severe in the U.S. They declare that "[a] person commits the offense of indecent exposure if the person knowingly or purposely exposes the person's genitals under circumstances in which the person knows the conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm in order to:

         (a) abuse, humiliate, harass, or degrade another; or

         (b) arouse or gratify the person's own sexual response or desire or the sexual response or desire of any person.
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EXISTING PUNISHMENTS

  1st offense  a fine of up to    $500  AND up to 6 months in jail

  2nd offense  a fine of up to  $1,000  AND up to 1 year in jail

  3rd offense  a fine of up to $10,000  AND no less than 5 years,
               nor more than 100 years in the state prison
 
Grimes's bill would allow local governments to add further restrictions and increase the punishment.


WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THIS BILL?

Sen. Grimes has placed SB 356 on a fast track. Less than a week after its introduction, the bill will have a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, February 13. It's no coincidence that Duane Grimes is the chair of that committee.


RELATED BILLS

Grimes is the sponsor of two other bills that NAC has been tracking closely. SB 265 is a measure dealing with nudity and alcohol in adult businesses. It is written broadly enough that it can be seen as a concern for naturists. Sen. Grimes has arranged for SB 265 to be on Thursday's hearing agenda, too.

The third bill has not yet been released from the drafting process, so its exact text is not available. However, Sen. Grimes has assigned it the title: "Restrict public nudity."


WHAT IS NAC DOING?

The Naturist Action Committee has been tracking this legislation carefully, and NAC will have a Representative at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to testify against SB 356. NAC will continue its close monitoring of Montana legislative action and will continue its dialog with state lawmakers. Our intent is clear and well focused: SB 356 must not be allowed to become state law.


WHAT CAN I DO?

This is a NAC Advisory. It is not a call for action at this time. NAC wants Montana naturists to be aware of the situation and be ready to respond when the time is right. Look for NAC Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates on this topic.

Naturists outside Montana should stay informed about the situation, but Montana is one of those states in which contacts with lawmakers from non-residents is generally seen to have a negative effect.


MORE INFORMATION
Additional information about Senate Bill 356 is available on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee:

     www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

Select ALERTS, ADVISORIES & UPDATES and then "Current Advisories" to find this Advisory and links to additional information, including existing state law, the complete text of the legislation

PLEASE HELP NAC HELP NATURISTS IN MONTANA

The Naturist Action Committee exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. NAC is a volunteer nonprofit organization that relies on the grass roots participation of naturists who understand that individuals working together can make a difference.

NAC has no membership roster on which to assess dues, and it relies completely on voluntary contributions from concerned and involved naturists like you. Monitoring lawmakers across North America is expensive, but NAC knows that it's necessary for the protection of our freedoms.

Won't you take a moment to help NAC by sending a generous donation? You may send your donation to the address below, or you may call tollfree (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your Mastercard or Visa.

  NAC
  PO Box 132
  Oshkosh, WI 54903
 

Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,

Mark Storey
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton      - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Board Member Mark Storey       - <storey98@aol.com>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <naturist@sunclad.com>
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