THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL AND MONTANA
The Civil Rights bill will have no practical effect on the State
of Montana because in the first instance there is no problem of discrimination
in Montana. The first section of the bill deals with
giving voting rights to those regardless of national origin, religion,
or race. This has never been a problem in Montana.
The second section of the bill deals with public accommodations
which has no effect on Montana because the Montana public accommodations
law takes precedence.
Titles three and four of the bill deal with desegregation of public
facilities and public schools. This is not a problem in Montana.
Title five merely extends the Civil Rights Commission, and this
has no effect on any states including Montana,
Title six of the bill deals with the cut-off of Federal funds to
Federal programs found to be discriminatory. This is not a problem
in Montana and doesn't apply to Montana.
Title seven deals with fair employment practices and is not effective
until one year after final enactment of the bill and would
apply only to those companies which employ more than 100 employees.
The bill and this section of the bill specifically provide that no
quota on a racial or any other basis is to be set up. Since in Montana
discrimination is not a problem, the practical effect will not be
noticeable, because people will be hired on the basis of ability and
qualification and not on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
Title eight through eleven of the bill are primarily technical
titles of the bill and do not contain any substantive law provision.
They purely provide for procedure rights and will have no effect in
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