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Gov. Gianforte signs bill prohibiting sanctuary cities in Montana

By: - March 31, 2021 8:23 pm

Gov. Greg Gianforte addresses the press and public on March 12, 2021. (Arren Kimbel-Sannit/The Daily Montanan)

Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill into law Wednesday that bans sanctuary cities in Montana.

“We are a nation of laws, and immigration laws will be enforced in Montana,” Gianforte said in a statement. “HB 200 ensures drug dealers, human traffickers, and other criminals who are in our country unlawfully will have no refuge in our state.”

A news release from the Governor’s Office said House Bill 200, sponsored by Rep. Kenneth Holmlund, R-Miles City, prohibits state agencies and local governments from adopting sanctuary policies that “endanger communities and the law enforcement officers that serve them.” The news release said agencies and local governments that choose to adopt sanctuary policies risk fines, civil action and other penalties.

As part of his Montana Comeback Plan, the Governor’s Office said Gianforte is committed to protecting Montana families and communities.

The full text of HB 200 may be found here.

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