Delayed Council Work Session
At Tuesday’s work session of the Billings City Council, suburban subdivision design and the local impact of Marsy’s Law were on the agenda. The meeting was held a day later than usual due to the New Year’s holiday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.
According to City Attorney Brent Brooks, Marsy’s Law, also known as the crime victims’ bill of rights, which was passed by Montana voters in November, is an unfunded mandate. Brooks said the constitutional amendment has no funding source for implementation. He said municipal attorneys in Montana’s largest cities have formed a working group to share their concerns and ideas, as well as the documents they’ve created to comply with the law.
In Billings and Yellowstone County, crime victims now receive Marsy’s Card, which spells out the 18 rights of crime victims, contact information for courts and law enforcement agencies and other relevant information.