Climate change denial bill in Montana

02.11.2019

Montana's House Bill 418 would, if enacted, dignify a litany of inaccurate and misleading claims about climate change as legislative findings, and call for those findings to be offered "when providing education and informational materials on climate change." 

The bill would also ask the superintendent of public instruction and the commissioner of higher education to provide regular reports to the legislature "regarding climate change curriculums" offered in Montana's public schools and universities.

HB 418 was introduced on February 7, 2019, and referred to the House National Resources Committee, where it is scheduled to receive a hearing on February 18, 2019. Its sole sponsor is Joe Read (R-District 93), who introduced HB 549 (PDF), a bill with similar proposed findings but without provisions concerning education, in 2011.