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June 30, 2017

The State of Montana granted an order temporarily staying the implementation for CI-116, commonly referred to as “Marsy’s Law.”

In response to the order, Alex Rate, Legal Director for the ACLU of Montana, said, “We are pleased that the Court has decided to stay implementation of CI-116. This stay means that, until the Supreme Court has an opportunity to review and deliberate on the arguments presented by the parties, local governments and other affected parties won't have to guess about what this ill-conceived law requires. CI-116 effectively amended numerous provisions of the Montana Constitution, including some of our most important civil liberties protections, and therefore it is unconstitutional.”

The State will now have 30 days to respond to the petition. A copy of the order can be found at the bottom of this page.