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Mitchell on session

| March 22, 2023 2:00 AM

Montana’s future should be determined by Montanans who have Montana Values and live the Montana way of life. That’s what the Montana legislature has been working to do during the first half of the 2023 legislative session.

With support from the Office of Public Instruction, I have been able to advance legislation that mandates financial literacy in order to graduate high school. With increased cost of living, and a generational wave of retirements, this is a first step in protecting Montanans’ financial future. This legislation ensures Montana students will graduate with the skills necessary to be successful in the real world in practical ways, not just in theory.

We must do all we can to honor those who have served this nation - especially those who served our nation and are from the Flathead. That is why I authorized bipartisan legislation to establish a Veterans Cemetery in Columbia Falls, so our heroes can be remembered here at home.

An increasing threat to Montana youth is drag performers coming to schools and minors being exposed to drag shows. Nearly eighty-five legislators co-sponsored my common sense bill to not expose children to drag performances in tax payer funded facilities. It allows kids to be kids and prevents the grooming of kids by extremist left-wing activities which harm their development.

Protecting the unborn is something that unfortunately divides people. However, I received bipartisan support for honoring the unborn by passing legislation in the House which provides for a certificate of nonviable birth. This will help provide closure to families which have not been able to have a viable pregnancy past the first five months.

These are just a few of the bills I am working on to keep Montana, Montana - and I could not have done this without your input and support. Together, our Republican super majority will keep moving Montana forward.

Braxton Mitchell

House District 3

Columbia Falls