Our View: 40 years of Montana's constitution
The surviving members of the convention that wrote Montana's constitution in 1972 will meet in the state House chambers Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of its adoption.
The 31 members who are still alive will sit in the same seats they were assigned to four decades ago.
Family and friends will fill the seats of the 69 remaining members.
The document they wrote and which was adopted by voters is widely viewed as a model for the rest of the country, but yet it is uniquely Montanan.
Like the state it governs, the constitution strikes a balance between personal freedom and community.