Montana Lawmaker: “They Want Us to Play Make Believe”
We only had about 20 seconds left until the show wrapped up- but that's when Montana State Rep. Jerry Schillinger (R-Circle) had the best line of the day.
Jerry called in and told us it was the first time in about 10 weeks, since the start of Montana's legislative session, that he's been able to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee and just listen to the radio for a while.
He called in to tell folks across Montana some of what he has been working on in the legislature, now that the legislature is in their transmittal mid-session break.
He said it's been a busy session, and lawmakers will be back in action Friday. He says he will actually be back in Helena on Wednesday for the Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Schillinger: So we're bringing together all the work that the subcommittees got done during the last several weeks in appropriations- listening to different budgets for the various agencies across the state and we will present them to the whole appropriations committee starting on Thursday and going on for several days. That will become the basis for House Bill 2 which is the budget bill that will be presented here in a few weeks.
As I was chatting with Jerry, I mentioned a line I used in Dillon at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner on Saturday night summing up the first half of the Montana Legislature: "While Republicans are delivering over a billion dollars in tax relief, the Democrats were dragging drag queens to the Capitol."
Shortly after that remark, with about 20 seconds left to go, is when Rep. Schillinger had the line of the day:
Rep. Schillinger: A lot of the bills that the Democrats have brought forward- they want us to play make believe. They want us to believe that boys can be girls, and girls can be boys, and our judges are nonpartisan.
Let's hope the legislature gets some judicial accountability and judicial reform measures across the finish line before the 90-day session wraps up.