NAC Update
MONTANA Senate Bill 265, Senate Bill 356

March 5, 2003

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DATE   : March 5, 2003
SUBJECT: Montana Senate Bills 265 and 356
TO     : All naturists

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

SYNOPSIS
Very Good News!
Montana Senate Bills 265 and 356 have both been indefinitely postponed in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Because they were still in committee on February 28, 2003, both bills have missed the deadline for general bill transmittal to House of Representatives.

Both bills are dead.

However, there remains a remote chance that their sponsor may attempt to attach language from one or both as an amendment to a bill that survived the cutoff. The Naturist Action Committee continues to monitor the Montana legislature closely for any sign of that sort of tactic.


DETAILS

Senate Bill 265 targeted adult entertainment establishments for stricter regulation. SB 356 was intended to allow local governments to adopt indecent exposure laws with restrictions and penalties even more severe than the already harsh Montana indecent exposure law.

Sen. Duane Grimes (R-Clancy) introduced both SB 265 and SB 356. (Refer to the NAC Action Alert dated February 12, 2003.) NAC has been more directly concerned about SB 356, but the two bills were placed on a fast track together and both were given hearings during the same February 13 meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Grimes.

As reported in the NAC Update of February 13, Sen. Grimes arranged for testimony on the two bills to be heard simultaneously, treating the over-the-top local prohibitions and punishments allowed in SB 356 as a backup to the strip club restrictions in SB 265.

A Montana naturist representing the Naturist Action Committee gave testimony in the legislative hearing. NAC believes the testimony, which was directed specifically against SB 356, made a difference in the closeness of the committee vote. SB 356 was amended and then passed by the committee with a slim 5-4 approval. It did not carry the resounding committee endorsement that often leads to routine passage in a floor vote.

In fact, SB 356 failed a third reading on the Senate floor and was re-referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it no longer had enough support to be sent to the floor again.

The path for SB 265 was more straightforward. That measure never escaped from the Judiciary Committee in the first place.


MORE INFORMATION
Additional information about Senate Bills 265 and 356 is available on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee:

     www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

Select ALERTS, ADVISORIES & UPDATES and then "Current Updates" to find this Update and links to additional information, including existing state law and the complete texts of both bills.

For more news of this issue, look for further Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates from the Naturist Action Committee.


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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  | Return to top |

  | View the text of SB 265 |
  |
View the text of SB 356 (includes introduced and amended versions)
  |
View the present Montana indecent exposure law |
  |
Return to Current NAC Action Alerts | Return to NAC Home Page |