HOUSE BILL NO. 719
INTRODUCED BY K. DUDIK, K. ABBOTT, J. BAHR, B. BENNETT, B. BESSETTE, M. CAFERRO, W. CURDY, G. CUSTER, J. DOOLING, M. DUNWELL, S. GREEF, J. GROSS, J. HAMILTON, B. HAMLETT, D. HARVEY, D. HAYMAN, J. KARJALA, K. KELKER, T. MANZELLA, W. MCKAMEY, S. MORIGEAU, A. OLSEN, R. PEPPERS, Z. PERRY, J. POMNICHOWSKI, M. RYAN, D. SALOMON, C. SCHREINER, L. SHELDON-GALLOWAY, S. STEWART PEREGOY, K. SULLIVAN, B. USHER, S. VINTON, M. WEATHERWAX, P. WEBB, D. ZOLNIKOV, C. BOLAND, D. BROWN, S. FITZPATRICK, J. GROSS, T. JACOBSON, M. MACDONALD, S. MALEK, E. MCCLAFFERTY, N. MCCONNELL, M. MCNALLY, D. SANDS, G. VUCKOVICH, J. COHENOUR, W. GALT
AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE JEANNETTE RANKIN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY IN MISSOULA COUNTY; DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INSTALL SIGNS AT THE LOCATION AND TO INCLUDE THE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY ON THE NEXT PUBLICATION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY MAP; PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, Jeannette Rankin was born near Missoula, Montana, on June 11, 1880. She grew up on a ranch, which she helped to maintain, and enjoyed the outdoor Montana lifestyle many of us cherish; and
WHEREAS, Jeannette Rankin studied at the University of Montana, graduating in 1902 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology; and
WHEREAS, Jeannette Rankin worked as a social worker before becoming involved in the women's suffrage movement; and
WHEREAS, Jeannette Rankin's advocacy work in Montana was instrumental in granting women the unrestricted right to vote in Montana in 1914; and
WHEREAS, Jeannette Rankin was significant in initiating legislation that eventually became the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting unrestricted voting rights to women; and
WHEREAS, Jeannette Rankin made history as the first woman to hold federal office in the United States when she was elected to serve in the U.S. Congress; and
WHEREAS, Jeannette Rankin was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1916 and again in 1940; and
WHEREAS, Jeannette Rankin passed away in 1973 leaving a legacy of advocacy and freedom for future generations; and
WHEREAS, the 66th Legislature of the State of Montana honors Jeannette Rankin for her exemplary life of service and leadership.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Jeannette Rankin memorial highway. (1) There is established the Jeannette Rankin memorial highway on existing interstate 90 from mile marker 101 to mile marker 106.
(2) The department shall design and install appropriate signs marking the location of the Jeannette Rankin memorial highway.
(3) Maps that identify roadways in Montana must be updated to include the location of the Jeannette Rankin memorial highway when the department updates and publishes the state maps.
Section 2. Appropriation. There is appropriated $1 for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019, from the state general fund to the department of transportation for the purpose of [section 1].
Section 3. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 60, chapter 1, part 2, and the provisions of Title 60, chapter 1, part 2, apply to [section 1].
Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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