History will look back on the 2021 Montana Legislature as a textbook example of unintended consequences. The session created a cottage industry for lawyers challenging — often successfully — and defending a spate of ill-advised laws that did everything from prohibiting college campus gun possession bans to an unconstitutional change in the way we elect state Supreme Court justices.
The latest case in point is Senate Bill 99, which requires schools to notify parents whenever sexuality will be discussed in the classroom. Seems straightforward enough. Just tell parents when sex education is being taught, right?
Not so fast.