On Wednesday, Montana’s House State Administration Committee heard testimony on a bill that would tighten voter ID laws. The bill would require voters to present a driver’s license, state ID card, or tribal ID card to receive a ballot. Opponents like Nancy Detrick of the Montana League of Women Voters say these cards will be too difficult for many voters to get and will cost the state too much.
“There is no such thing as a free voter ID. ”
Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee considered a bill that would allow prosecutors trying sex crimes to bring evidence that a defendant has committed similar crimes. Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright says this evidence is important because sexual offenders are likely to continue their behavior.
“What we find is once a predator starts, they don’t stop. And that’s what we’re talking about being able to share with a jury.”
Jonathon Ambarian – Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism