How to stay informed on Montana’s new law: Here’s how to follow it
The Montana Legislature passed a bill Monday that gives state employees, their employers and the public the right to post messages and photos on social media.
The bill passed the Senate, but the House passed it and is scheduled for a vote in the Assembly on Tuesday.
The bill would require the state to post at least one image, audio or video of an event that was broadcast live on TV, radio, online or via mobile devices and the internet.
The law also would allow businesses to use social media to alert customers of any pending court date or court case.
The legislation also would give local governments the power to set up a local message board or message board for residents to post their concerns, and to require a minimum of 10 posts to a page.
This article is part of Polygon’s ongoing coverage of the Montana Legislature.
Check back for more.
Steve Bullock said in a statement that he’s pleased the bill has passed, and he hopes it will help Montana continue to build its digital future.
The new law comes as Montana faces a $1.5 billion budget shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year, and lawmakers are exploring ways to address the crisis.
The governor said in October that the state would need an additional $600 million to address some of the most pressing issues facing the state.
Montano officials say the state could have saved a lot of money by getting rid of its Facebook and Twitter accounts, but they said the new bill is a start and that there’s much more to do.
“This is a great step forward for the state of Montana, for our state, and for our citizens,” Bullock told reporters.
Bullock said he hopes the bill will become law, and if the law is upheld, Montana would become the first state in the country to have a social media law.
Bullocks office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.