I am running for Senate District 24. Last week, Lynda Moss wrote a letter to the editor purporting that I am, “presenting erroneous information to intentionally mislead voters” regarding Sen. Mary McNally’s vote on House Bill 133. Truth is very important to me. Therefore, these are the facts:
Truth: Sen. McNally voted YES.
Truth: In visiting with constituents, I said, “Senator McNally voted yes to lower the mandatory minimum sentence for child predators from 25 years to 10.”
Truth: HB 133 cut in half the sentence that judges could impose on repeat (four or more) felony DUI offenders. Read about that here.
Truth: This law was opposed by Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito and is a top priority for the Montana County Attorneys Association to fix in 2019.
In the words of Rep. Jimmy Patelis, HB 133 is an “embarrassing, embarrassing bill, to drop that 25 years to 10, I’m sick about it.”
Moss’s attempt to positively spin Sen. McNally’s vote for this bill falls flat. The most violent criminals you meet are drunk on the road. Now you will meet more of them. This bill makes children more vulnerable to sexual predators, not less. I sincerely ask for your vote, so I can work to change the dangerous provisions of this bill.
Editor's note: House Bill 133 was a 65-page justice reform act that made many changes to Montana criminal law. On final passage, McNally was among 37 senators who voted for it, and Patelis was among 90 representatives who voted yes.