By Michael Siebert
UM Community News Service 

Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices one step closer to elimination


February 22, 2017

Jonathan Motl, current Commissioner of Political Practices, provides testimony against House Bill 406 Friday, Feb. 17. The bill is one of many introduced by Republicans in an effort to dismantle the office, including House Bill 340, which would eliminate the office completely. Photo by Freddy Monares/UM Community News Service.

The Montana House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would shutter the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices, which some critics say could put the integrity of Montana elections in jeopardy.

The bill, introduced by a state lawmaker tied to one of the office's most significant investigations, would place oversight and enforcement of campaign laws back into the hands of the Secretary of State and Attorney General, as it was before the office's creation in 1975.

Supporters say that would make the job apolitical. Others say it only makes it more partisan.

"It's an asi...

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