Mallerie Stromswold: A new face not afraid to stand up for Montanans

May 2, 2022 by AFP

Mallerie Stromswold was elected to represent Montana House District 50 in 2020. She quickly got to work on legislation to reform the state’s criminal justice system and oppose government overreach into the technology sector.

Just 20 years old, Stromswold calls herself an “open-minded Republican who stresses small government and understands the importance of community.” Her platform calls for ensuring affordable education for all learners, improving access to public lands, and strengthening small business growth.

Stromswold is vying for her second term in the statehouse. She is running unopposed in the November 8 general election.

Mallerie Stromswold is a champion for second chances

As a freshman member of the statehouse Judiciary Committee, Stromswold has stood on principle — and even bucked her own party — to ensure Montanans caught in the criminal justice system have access to second chances and a better life.

Specifically, Stromswold supported House Bill 92, which established a compensation program for wrongfully convicted individuals. Thirty-five states and the federal government already have laws that compensate the wrongfully convicted. A previous law in Montana only covered tuition for some exonerees, and that provision  was unfunded.

Stromswold also was the prime sponsor of a bill to require a warrant to search a consumer DNA database. As Stromswold explained, this legislation would ensure that state government followed the U.S. Constitution by taking the proper steps before digging into a person’s private information.

Stromswold also voted for bills to revise laws to establish certificate of rehabilitation and to create an emergency protective services hearing in child protective service removals.

Making Montana a leader in tech innovation

Stromswold has shown leadership in protecting individual privacy rights and  has supported legislation to revise third party data privacy laws and to require a warrant for electronic data and communications.

Stromswold also opposed House Bill 573, which would have stifled technology innovation in Montana. This legislation, championed by members of Stromswold’s own party, would have given the state’s public service commission the power to fine companies up to one percent of their gross income if commissioners found the company discriminately removed content from their site.

In general, Stromswold works hard on behalf of her constituents to make it easier to live, work, and create jobs in Montana. She supported legislation to reduce the state’s income tax and to make it easier for businesses to provide goods and services.

Expanding consumer choice in education, health care, and energy

Stromswold is a champion for innovation in education, health care, and energy.

A strong defender of free speech on college campuses, Stromswold also has supported legislation to allow parents to use 529 education savings plans for K-12 education and has voted for a bill to expand tax credit scholarships.

This program spurs education innovation by providing tax credits to people who donate to nonprofits that provide private school scholarships and funding for innovative public school education.

When it comes to expanding healthcare and energy choice, Stromswold has voted to:

  • Expand nuclear power
  • Reduce energy production regulation and strike arbitrary regulatory mandates that dictate the type of energy that is developed for and used by Montana consumers
  • Revise laws relating to certificate of need
  • Expand telehealth options.

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