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Hypothetical Situation No. 15

As a state Senator, you have decided that you need to hire a temporary legislative aide for the 2015 session to assist you with constituent services and legislative policy matters. You have had two people approach you about the legislative aide position. One individual is your uncle's son, who has no experience or aptitude for the position, and the other individual, who is not related to you, is clearly qualified for the position.

Question: Can you hire your uncle's son for the temporary legislative aide position during the legislative session?

ANo, because hiring your uncle's son would be bestowing political patronage by reason of relationship rather than of merit and would be in violation of Montana law prohibiting nepotism.
BNo, because your uncle's son has no experience or aptitude for the position and because the other person is clearly qualified for the position.
CNo, because your uncle's son has bad body odor.
DYes, because under Montana law, you may hire temporary legislative session staff that are related to you regardless of merit.



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