MONTANA FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT
COUNTY OF LEWIS AND CLARK
REPRESENTATIVE ZOOEY ZEPHYR,
ANNA WONG, DEAN CHOU, BRADY
SCHWERTFEGER, and SARAH VELK,
STATE OF MONTANA,
REPRESENTATIVE MATT REGIER, in his
official capacity as Speaker of the Montana
House of Representatives; BRADLEY
MURFITT, in this official capacity as Sergeant
at Arms for the Montana House of
Zephyr and constituents (listed above) are suing Rep. Matt Regier (as House of Rep. Speaker) and Bradley Murfitt, (Sergeant at Arms) for the MT House of Representatives, and who are listed as Defendants.
Zephyr and others named within claim that the silencing of Zephyr was unconstitutional. Read part or all of the Lawsuit by reading below and follow the link for the full lawsuit.
Plaintiffs Zooey Zephyr, Anna Wong, Dean Chou, Brady Schwertfeger and Sarah Velk
bring this Complaint against Defendants the State of Montana, Representative Matt Regier and
Sergeant at Arms Bradley Murfitt, and in support thereof state the following:
- This is an action for emergency declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants arising
out of their unconstitutional Censure and retaliatory silencing of Representative Zooey Zephyr, a
member of the Montana House of Representatives who engaged in Constitutionally protected
- Montana voters elect their Representatives to fully engage with the democratic process at
the State Capitol. Voters elect their Representatives to do more than simply vote on bills.
Representatives also are elected to use of the floor of the House to pursue their constituents’
interests and views—using the platform provided by the People’s House to educate and persuade
their colleagues and the public through speech, debate, and lobbying. In addition, the testimony
from elected Representatives is critical in creating the legislative history of enacted statutes, which
in turn informs the interpretation of those statutes
You can read the lawsuit in its entirety by clicking here.