Last month Senate Bill 338, a bill which would help Colstrip families following the closure of Units 1 & 2, flew through the Montana Senate with immense bi-partisan support (43-6, which is almost unheard of).
Then SB 338 hit Austin Knudsen’s House.
SB 338 stalled in the House Energy Committee on an 8-8 vote. Yesterday, SB 338 was “blasted.” Unfortunately, the blast motion failed. Only 40 Representatives stood with working Montanans instead of massive out-of-state utilities that have made a huge fortune off of Montana’s people and resources.
Those voting to blast SB 338 were:
Representative Zach Brown
Representative Adam Hertz
Representative Windy Boy
Please take a moment to thank these Representatives.
After getting crushed in the Senate, Puget Sound Energy is playing hardball in the House with the help of MEIC. Puget Sound Energy is spending a crazy amount of money to lie to Montana legislators and MEIC is aiding them with ridiculous and disingenuous scare tactics. It should also be noted that MEIC is in a very small minority. The majority of environmental and conservationist groups actually support SB 338.
The Montana Senate should be commended for standing up for Montana. The 40 State Representatives who voted for Senate Bill 338 should be thanked for their advocacy on behalf of hardworking middle class Montana families in the face of corporate pressure.
After yesterday, the biggest losers are the people of Montana. Corporations with huge profit margins are the winners. Puget Sound Energy, Talen Energy, MEIC, and Speaker Knudsen should be ashamed of themselves for promoting corporate interests over their neighbors in Eastern Montana.