Montana just took an important step to protect its citizens from authoritarian regimes. By now everyone has heard that the state banned TikTok—and of course TikTok has sued to block the measure. That was two weeks ago. The very same day, Governor Greg Gianforte signed another measure that deserves some national attention. Montana House Bill 946 requires full disclosure of any relationships between Montana’s public universities and entities affiliated with China. The provision fills significant gaps in longstanding federal reporting requirements, but Montana isn’t just improving upon a flawed federal statute. The move also fills a gap at the state level, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has walked unimpeded into American universities and K-12 schools.
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