Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:07 PM by MTN News
Governor Steve Bullock signed into law Senate Bill 258 on Wednesday, which will name the State Justice Building for former Montana Attorney General Joe Mazurek.
Mazurek, who died in August 2012, served in the Montana Senate from 1981 to 1992, and then served eight years as Montana's Attorney General, from 1993 to 2000.
Bullock ran Mazurek's campaign for Attorney General in 1992, and worked for Mazurek at the Department of Justice as an assistant attorney general and later as his acting chief deputy.
During the signing ceremony, Bullock said, "I am incredibly honored to sign SB 258 renaming the Justice Building the Joe Mazurek Building and authorizing a fountain at the front of the building. This will be a fitting tribute to Joe - to his dedication, his high ethical standards and his boundless enthusiasm for life and for serving the people and the state he loved."
The bill authorizes the installation of a privately-funded three-level water feature and artwork commemorating Mazurek in the garden area next to the stairs on the southwest side of the building's main entrance.
Tim Fox, the current MT Attorney General, said, "I requested this legislation because Joe Mazurek was a model statesman. When he passed away last year, I lost a friend and mentor, and Montana's civic life lost a treasure beyond comparison. Governor Bullock and our state legislators have my gratitude and deserve the thanks of all Montanans for giving Joe and his family this special honor."
The state Justice Building at 215 North Sanders in Helena houses the Montana Supreme Court, the Attorney General's Office, and the State Law Library.