Last updated on September 13, 2020
Gov. Steve Bullock filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Great Falls Tuesday against the United States Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for what he calls “unlawful actions that have directly harmed Montanans by impeding the flow of mail.” It appears Bullock is the first governor to attach his name to a lawsuit against DeJoy, after several attorneys general filed suit against DeJoy in Aug.
Bullock’s suit challenges changes made at the USPS, which he says are designed to delay and obstruct mail delivery. It says DeJoy acted outside his authority, violated federal law and didn’t follow required procedures for making policy changes.
The suit cites the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, which mandated that when “determining all policies for postal services, the Postal Service shall give the highest consideration to the requirement for the most expeditious collection, transportation, and delivery of important letter mail.” It also cites the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which says proposed changes that will substantially affect service must be considered by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The court filing says before any such change, the USPS must first “submit a proposal, within a reasonable time prior to the effective date of such proposal, to the Postal Regulatory Commission requesting an advisory opinion on the change,” and can’t enact any changes less than 90 days before the proposed effective date.
The lawsuit comes after the attorneys general of Washington and Pennsylvania, both Democrats, filed similar lawsuits last month. More than a dozen other states, all with Democratic attorneys general, signed onto those lawsuits.
Bullock is the first governor to attach his name to a lawsuit against the postmaster general related to recent changes in service.
Tuesday’s filing challenges policies including eliminating overtime pay for certain postal workers, decommissioning sorting machines, removing mailboxes, reducing operating hours, and changing how election mail is classified and charged.
Bullock asked the court to require DeJoy and the Postal Service to take steps to undo these policies.
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