Montana Legislative Referendum 121 was a referendum held in Montana in 2012 that denied state funded services to illegal immigrants.[1][2][3]

The electorate of Montana approved the measure in the 2012 general election by a vote of 378,563 votes for to 97,528 votes against.[4] The Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance challenged the validity of the law shortly after it was approved by the electorate of Montana.[5] In June 2014, a Montana State District Court invalidated significant portions of LR 121 on the grounds that LR 121 was an attempt to supersede a federal statute and an attempt to regulate immigration, a power specifically delegated to the federal government under the United States Constitution.[6] The State of Montana has appealed the ruling to the Montana Supreme Court.[7]

References

  1. ^ 2012 Montana Voters Pass Referendum 121 – Denying Certain State Funded Services to Illegal Aliens, KGVO.com
  2. ^ Montanans largely approving ballot measures, Great Falls Tribune
  3. ^ State ballot questions to shape landscape on social issues, marijuana policy and more, Foxnews
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2013-05-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/23/court-strikes-montana-immigration-law/11276379/
  6. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/23/court-strikes-montana-immigration-law/11276379/
  7. ^ https://supremecourtdocket.mt.gov/search/case?case=17739