Senator Balyeat resigns
Republican State Senator Joe Balyeat of Bozeman has resigned his Senate seat, effective this past Wednesday.
Term limits prevent Balyeat from running for his Senate seat again and is not seeking election to any other position. Since the next legislative session begins after his term ends, the Republican wants to resign from his position. However, he does serve on the economic affairs committee which is scheduled to meet in June and August.
In a letter to Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and Senate President Jim Peterson, Balyeat says, "While legislators draw no salary when we're not in session, we still receive a state contribution to our health insurance, and receive slight increases in retirement benefits as well... It has occurred to me that I could save Montana taxpayers some money by resigning a few months early."
Balyeat's letter does mention that resigning will allow him to pursue business endeavors, but he does not specify any plans. Democrat Michael Comstock and Republican Scott Sales will vie for the seat in November.
Click on the attached document to read Balyeat’s full letter.
Story by Melissa Jensen, Beartooth NBC.
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