O'Neill v. Governor of Montana

Through the Right to Know, the Montana Constitution guarantees that Montanans may always access documents that public bodies use and produce in their decision-making processes. Montana citizen Jayson O'Neill submitted a public information request in May 2021, asking the Governor's Office for copies of "Agency Bill Monitoring Forms." An invention of the Gianforte Administration, the precise contents of these forms remains a mystery. The Governor refused to produce any information in response to O'Neill's request, claiming that the forms were subject to attorney-client privilege, and that even the number of Agency Bill Monitoring Forms created and shared within his Administration was privileged. O'Neill challenges this claim and has filed suit to protect Montanans' right to transparency and public participation in government.

Filings / Press

Complaint (September 21, 2021)

Answer (November 23, 2021)

Seaborn Larson, Governor sued for denying records request, Helena Independent Record (September 21, 2021)