Daniel Kemmis Interview, May 2, 1979


Daniel Kemmis


Claire Rhein



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Montana state legislator Daniel Kemmis reflects on the 1979 Montana legislative session. He discusses what committees he sat on—Judiciary, Water, Local Government, and Education—as well as the legislation that was passed in those fields including a bill to expand the size of the Montana Supreme Court and a bill to set up a state-wide system of water adjudication. He also mentions the legislature’s focus on funding for the University of Montana and its eradication of the requirement that local school teachers have some training in Indian studies. Kemmis reflects on the struggle to pass bills in a Republican-controlled Senate and how the legislators dealt with more than 1,400 bills during the 90-day session. He briefly discusses interim committees, and his efforts to stay as involved as he can in the Missoula community in order to remain an effective legislator.

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Document Type

Oral History


Montana State Legislature; Montana state legislators; Montana politicians; Montana University System funding; Indian Studies Program, Montana; Montana special education; Interim committees

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 036-004, 005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:41:39 minutes

Local Filename

OH_036_004_005.mp3; OH_036_004_005.pdf

Daniel Kemmis Interview, May 2, 1979