- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A judge has permanently blocked Montana from enforcing a state law meant to ensure candidates are thorough and accurate when portraying their opponents’ voting record.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said in Tuesday’s order the state had conceded the law is unconstitutional. But Christensen says a permanent injunction is necessary because the concession is not enough to prevent future enforcement of the law.

The 2013 bill requires printed material that mentions an opponent’s voting record to reference the votes upon which the information is based. It also requires disclosure of contrasting votes made by the same candidate over the past six years and a signed statement that the information is accurate.

State House candidate Matthew Monforton of Bozeman says in his lawsuit the law restricts speech and is unconstitutionally vague.


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