Helena – Three years ago today, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale voted against an overwhelmingly bipartisan measure to allow law enforcement officers, firefighters, and volunteer firefighters who have been critically injured in the line of duty to fish with a conservation license.
This commonsense legislation passed 48-2 and authorized permanently injured first responders to fish with a conservation license during rehabilitation trips, like those organized by the nonprofit Hunting for Heroes. The organization hosts “getaways” for first responders who have been permanently disabled in the line of duty and are unable to return to work due to their injuries. Injured first responders and their families have attested to the hope and healing that fishing provides.
This legislation, which was projected to cost the state of Montana nothing, benefits American heroes who have put their lives on the line for us and served as a simple way to show our first responders that Montana is there for them.
Yet Rosendale voted against giving them the support they have earned – showing that he doesn’t value our first responders and showing once again that he’s not looking out for Montanans.
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