(en) Montana Report: Corporate Self-Immunity

Ewald (ewald@ctaz.com)
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 18:30:17 -0700

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>Montana Citizens Alert:
>Corporate Criminals Seek Immunity!
>The Montana Legislature is considering House Bill 293, which will allow
>corporations to write their own ticket to immunity from criminal liability
>for violations of environmental laws. Under this bill, all a corporation
>needs to do to get off the hook for criminal violations of environmental
>laws is to turn themselves in -- to report that they violated the law! Can
>you imagine if you had these rights the corporations are asking the Montana
>legislature to write into law? Just leave a note on your car's dashboard,
>admitting your parking violation or traffic violation, and presto!, no
>liability! If common criminals had these rights, murderers and thieves
>could get away with their crimes by stopping in at the police station and
>confessing! This law makes a mockery of so-called law-and-order rhetoric of
>some members of the legislature!
>Instead of giving corporations the right to grant themselves immunity, the
>legislature should be passing a three-strikes law for corporate criminals --
>three environmental crimes and the corporation goes out of business. Now
>that would be a law with some teeth. And while they're at it, the
>legislature should beef up law-enforcement funding for investigation and
>prosecution of corporate criminals. These economic giants can run lawless
>over our God-given natural rights to clean air, clean water, and a healthy
>environment because we don't have enough corporate-monitoring cops on the beat.
>What You Can Do
>1. On Monday and Tuesday, call members of the House Natural Resources
>Committee and tell them to vote NO on HB293. You can leave a message for
>any legislator by calling 406-444-4800. The committee is scheduled to take
>up HB293 on Wednesday the 29th. Call them Monday or Tuesday before they
>meet. Members of the committee are:
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>2. After Tuesday, call and write your representative to express your
>opposition to HB293, and urge her or him to vote it down. If you don't
>know who your representative is, call your county courthouse to find out.
>This message brought to you by the Alliance for Democracy and
>the Greens Organizing Network, P.O. Box 425, Bozeman, MT 59771
>For further information call 406-585-1158
__________________________________________________________________________ "Political rights do not originate in parliaments; they are rather forced upon them from without. And even their enactment into law has for a long time been no guarantee of their security. They do not exist because they have been legally set down on a piece of paper, but only when they have become the ingrown habit of a people, and when any attempt to impair them will meet with the violent resistance of the populace."

--Rudolf Rocker "Anarcho-Syndicalism", 1938 (Pluto Press, London, 1989) __________________________________________________________________________


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