Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Montana bill would keep Feds in line

Apparently the federal government thinks it owns Montana, and certain of Montana's citizens think otherwise.

Liberty Post reports a bill has been introduced in the Montana legislature designed to regulate arrests, searches and seizures by federal employees, by requiring that they obtain the permission of the local county sheriff before proceeding. It even provides for prosecution of those federales if they violate the act.

If passed this bill could provide the groundwork for an interesting showdown over state's rights and the police power, the latter being historically understood to be a state (and not federal) power.

The full text of the bill is here.


Further research reveals the bill got a hearing but also got tabled in committee, and has since missed the deadline for passage this legislative session. So much for state's rights in Montana.

Still like the idea, though.


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