Gianforte wields 'executive privilege' argument against sensitive records requests

Montana's strong right to know laws will be tested in court as governor pushes back on requests by raising 'deliberative process' claims


Last updated 8/19/2022 at 11:37am

Greg Gianforte

Amanda Eggert

Montana Free Press

Coming into office last year as Montana's first Republican governor in nearly two decades and looking to implement a muscular conservative agenda made possible by his party's unified control of the Legislature and governor's office, Gov. Greg Gianforte's leadership has attracted scrutiny from media, environmental groups and left-of-center political activists.

As was intended by the framers of Montana's 1972 Constitution, who included an explicit "right to know" as part of the Constitution's bill of rights, that scrutiny has been aided by Montana's permissi...

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