FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Helena, MT – Austin Knudsen continues to be locked in a legal battle against the City of Culbertson, the Horace Mann Post No. 81 of the American Legion, and local recreationists, over putting up a gate on a public easement, preventing access to the 35 acre veterans park located along the Missouri River. Knudsen and his family bought the property around the park and gated it off, blocking local veterans and outdoor enthusiasts from accessing the memorial park.
This comes as no surprise to anyone who has watched Knudsen’s political career, in which he has supported the most extreme anti-access policies, including the transfer of federal public lands, a position current Republican AG Tim Fox opposes.
Knudsen has a long paper trail of anti-access votes in the Montana Legislature. He personally killed a bill that would have increased fines for landowners like him who block access to public roads. He’s also voted to restrict access to public streams, and voted to defund Habitat Montana — the successful conservation program that even AG Tim Fox promised to fully fund if he was elected Governor.
Knudsen’s ongoing legal battle is making Republicans worried — it’s why they warned against nominating him for Attorney General.
“While the court case continues and the gate stays up, Knudsen gets to use the Veterans park all by himself,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “This is just a small taste of Knudsen’s extreme anti-access agenda.”
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