Gianforte Signs Laws Extending Coal Power

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – Governor Greg Gianforte signed two bills into law on Monday that attempt to nullify parts of the private contract that govern Colstrip Power Plant.

According to the Missoulian, Senate Bill 266 “empowers Montana’s attorney general to prescribe maintenance at the power plant and issue fines of $100,000 a day to each Colstrip owner who doesn’t comply.”

Senate Bill 265 “forces all contract disputes to be settled in Montana, instead of Spokane, Washington, where arbitration has taken place since the creation of Colstrip Units 3 and 4.”

Democrats in the legislature argued that the bills violate the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Montana Constitution because it meddles with private business contracts.

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