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Once again, CSKT Compact promoter Cory Swanson, Broadwater County Attorney, weighs in with misleading statements about the Daines-Tester CSKT Compact. Just because the Senator calls it the “Montana Water Rights Protection Act” doesn’t mean it protects water rights. Ask the 2,500 families who lose their water rights as a result of the Daines-Tester joint venture against property rights in Montana in the name of “Indian water settlements”. Ask the citizens of Montana who now are “given” co-ownership of their water with the Tribes. Ask future Montanans why they won’t be able to develop water because of the CSKT Compact.
The Daines-Tester bill retains the Compact’s “Law of Administration”, which effectively removes the state of Montana from managing even its own state law-based water rights. It also removes the constitutional protections of Montana citizens, but keeps the taxation going. The Daines bill insertion of state courts to “solve” the jurisdiction issue, without removing the Compact’s “law of administration” is simply a political trick to try to sway the uninformed. It is reflective of a political solution that has no basis in law, and worse than that, no humanity—the Daines CSKT Compact is about “winners and losers”.
Now Daines, Gianforte, their minions, and the usual compact proponents are once again threatening Montanans with how much litigation there will be if the compact is not passed by Congress. They are parrots, repeating only what they have heard. Why don’t they tell us that there will be an equal amount of litigation, if not more, if the thing IS passed by Congress? Don’t believe it? Fine, you’ll see.
We need public servants who tell the truth. It used to be that only democrats misnamed bills to hide their true intention. Now we have republicans doing it too. Swanson, Fox, Daines, and Gianforte played politics with Montanan’s lives, water, and property rights, and deserve no quarter for misleading the public.
This is a critical time for Montana. If Steve Daines and Greg Gianforte can pull this over Montana, then its a good indication that tyranny will be a lot easier for them to impose.