Via Crooks and Liars comes notice of this proposal for corporate/business voting right and elected official in municipal elections, except for school elections (hat tip Dan B.):
Rep. Steve Lavin has introduced HB485,
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: “AN ACT REVISING ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND TO FILE FOR CANDIDACY FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTED OFFICE; ALLOWING A QUALIFIED NONRESIDENT PROPERTY OWNER OR DESIGNEE OF AN ENTITY TO VOTE IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND TO FILE FOR CANDIDACY FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTED OFFICE; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 7-1-4121, 7-4-4104, 7-4-4301, AND 7-4-4401, MCA.”
Lifted from an e-mail from Linda Beale in response to a short note from me:
This law does definitely include a section that allows any company that owns real property in a municipality to designate one of its officers to vote for it in municipal elections. Talk about plutocracy—now some billionaire managers/shareholders will get TWO votes, compared to ordinary persons who actually live in, and enjoy the beneifts and bear the burdens of the elected officials’ decisions. Plus nonresident property owners get to dilute the locals’ interests as well. This is clearly a part of the “property is the only right we really care about” trend, which in my perspective personifies most of the S Ct’s jurisdiction decisions on rights…..