Daniel Kemmis Interview, September 22, 1983


Daniel Kemmis


Claire Rhein



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Daniel Kemmis and discusses the process and passage of Initiative 95, which requires 25 percent of the coal tax trust fund be invested in Montana’s economy. The measure provided 25 percent of all future deposits to the permanent coal tax trust be invested in Montana’s economy. He notes that the initiative has been an issue on which he has worked very hard for several years before getting it on the ballot. Kemmis talks extensively about the differences and difficulties in being Speaker of the House as opposed to Minority Leader. He recalls how being elected Speaker of the House helped promote and campaign for I-95 across the state where he spoke to several Democratic Central Committees as well as current and future legislators about the initiative. Kemmis concludes by describing his disagreements with Governor Ted Schwinden on several issues including I-95.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana State Legislature; Montana state legislators; Montana politicians; Initiative 95; Coal investments; Coal tax; Speaker of the House, Montana State House of Representatives; Ted Schwinden; Francis Bardanouve

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Daniel Kemmis Interviews Oral History Project, OH 036, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 036-011

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:07:29 minutes

Local Filename

OH_036_011.mp3; OH_036_011.pdf

Daniel Kemmis Interview, September 22, 1983