Board Still Undecided on When Marsy’s Law Will Take Effect

State constitution says initiatives take effect on July 1 of the year after they're approved

By Molly Priddy

HELENA — The state Board of Canvassers has not yet decided when a constitutional amendment to expand the rights of Montana crime victims will take effect.

The board has been meeting since Tuesday to certify the results of the Nov. 8 election.

The board is made up of the attorney general, the state auditor and the superintendent of public instruction. Representatives of the auditor and superintendent have indicated their support of a July 1 effective date for the voter-approved initiative known as Marsy’s Law.

However, Attorney General Tim Fox’s office has issued an opinion saying the amendment should take effect as soon as the election results are certified.

A final vote has not been taken. Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s spokeswoman, Emily Dean, says the board will meet again on Monday about certifying the initiative.

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