We spoke with Bozeman’s Rockin’ R Bar owner Mike Hope on Thursday morning. Now, we have breaking news. Montana’s Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R-MT) is ordering the dismissal of Gallatin County’s case against the bar. We also have an updated response from Gallatin County as of 3 p.m. Thursday.
On Wednesday, Governor Greg Gianforte (R-MT) announced that he was lifting restrictions forcing restaurants, bars and other small businesses to close at 10 p.m. Despite the governor lifting the restrictions, Gallatin County’s Health Officer said restrictions would remain in effect for Bozeman. The Rockin’ R Bar has been in a continuing legal battle with the county over the restrictions.
According to a press release from Attorney General Austin Knudsen, the AG “exercised his supervisory powers in the Gallatin City-County Board of Health and Health Officer Matt Kelley v. Rocking R Bar case. Knudsen directed County Attorney Marty Lambert to promptly dismiss the case against the Bozeman business that had refused to adhere to the mandate that businesses close at 10:00 p.m.”
AG KNUDSEN: The ten o’clock closure rule defies commonsense. This type of government overreach is devastating to Montana workers and small businesses. Our action today is a clear message that we need to