Lucile Speer describes serving as a delegate during the 1971-1972 Montana Constitutional Convention. She explains the non-partisan aspect of being a delegate and how delegates were seated alphabetically by last name rather than by political affiliation. Speer notes that the Constitutional Convention delegation had the same number of delegates as the House of Representatives had members and that the election process was the same. She mentions a number of different delegates by name and her interactions with them, including Torey Johnson of Busby, Montana, who held a large barbecue for all the delegates at his ranch in Eastern Montana. Speer also explains the process by which a delegate could comment on proposed changes. She recalls the most contentious debate of the convention was about the Environmental and Natural Resources Bill.
Montana Constitutional Convention (1971-1972); Montana Constitution; Constitutional history; Statehood; Non-partisan constitution; Torey Johnson; Environmental and Natural Resources Bill; Louise Cross; Eastern Montana; Cattle ranches, Montana; Busby, Montana
Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project, OH 046, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Speer, Lucile, "Lucile Speer Interview, March 17, 1981" (1981). Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project. 7.