Bill looks to increase penalty for illegally gating a public road

A bill aiming to curb the illegal blocking of public roads by invoking Montana’s hunter harassment laws could see violators paying hefty fines and facing potential jail time.

Sen. Pat Flowers, D-Belgrade, brought Senate Bill 256 to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill says that someone who places a locked gate on a public road that accesses public land could be prosecuted under the hunter harassment law, which carries much stiffer penalties than the law for putting an encroachment on a public road.

 

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