Legislature won’t take up complaint against Gallatin County lawmaker

The Montana Speaker of the House has denied a request from a national watchdog group to investigate potential ethics violations by a Republican state lawmaker from Gallatin County.


The Campaign for Accountability asked Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, to look into Rep. Kerry White for breaking state law by serving as a legislator while also working as executive director of the lobbying organization Citizens for Balanced Use.


Hertz turned down the request, saying the House Ethics Committee, which has the jurisdiction to begin an investigation into White, couldn’t convene because the Legislature isn’t in session and state law prohibits the group from meeting between sessions.