Montana State Senator
(2023 - Current)
Montana State Representative
(2013 - 2020)
I was first elected as a Republican Representative out of Billings to the Montana Legislature in 2013. During my time in the House, I served on and chaired the Energy and Technology Committee where I spent over 6 years working on energy and technology policy. I passed multiple nationally leading pieces of legislation that prevented the government from obtaining your digital information via electronical devices, GPS location and electronic communications. I created the first law enforcement team that focused solely on human trafficking and passed the nation's strongest freedom of the press bill. I successfully updated major utility and energy laws to ensure Montana had a fair, competitive environment that allowed resources to compete fairly. I also ensured your digital energy utility data was your personal property. Your freedoms were my business, and I worked hard to ensure all Montanans were guaranteed our freedoms as technology continued to get intertwined in our lives.
I am now serving in the Montana State Senate and successfully passed a plethora of legislation during the 2023 session. These bills include the nation's strongest DNA protections that give Montanans ownership of their DNA, an omnibus online privacy bill that gives Montanans rights over their online data, a pro-digital mining bill, legislation that simplifies the process to build transmission lines and pipelines, legislation clarifying Montana's tax appeal boards and other tax related issues, legislation that created a new tourism vision for the state of Montana, zoning legislation that allowed for mixed use and multi-family housing in commercially zoned areas, emergency housing options for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence and more. The 2023 session was a huge success.
Thank you for letting me continue to serve Montana.
- Daniel Zolnikov
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