Happenings on the Hill: Updates from Montana's Capitol

Hearing Schedule | Status of MACo Bills | Policy Booklet

Listed below are the bills that MACo is watching, which are scheduled to be heard for the current week. Higher priority bills are in bold.  Download a daily hearing schedule here (includes all bills, not just MACo priorities).  Be sure to scroll down the list to see everything.

Monday, January 16
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 137 HB 62 Dept. of Revenue to collect fees for public defender services Randy Brodehl  (R) HD 9
8:00 AM 137 HB 77 Revise public defender system and provide for a director hired by governor Randy Brodehl  (R) HD 9
8:30 AM 172 HB 169 Raise minimum wage in Montana Mary Ann Dunwell  (D) HD 84
8:30 AM 317B HB 14 Bonding program Jim Keane  (D) HD 73
9:00 AM 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
9:30 AM 472 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
10:00 AM 422 SB 69 Create task force to study public employee health benefits Mary Moe  (D) SD 12
3:00 PM 472 HB 21 Establish benefits and retirement security task force Jim Keane  (D) HD 73
3:00 PM 472 HB 22 Appropriate money to assist/intervene/plan for closure of coal-fired generation Jim Keane  (D) HD 73
3:00 PM 172 HB 124 Require education program for water commissioners Sharon Stewart-Peregoy  (D) HD 42
3:00 PM 172 HB 140 Clarify water commissioner appointments Sharon Stewart-Peregoy  (D) HD 42
3:00 PM 172 HJ 3 Interim study of water right change process Zach Brown  (D) HD 63
3:00 PM 455 HB 152 Authorize counties to establish junk vehicle capital improvement funds
**This is MACo-Requested Legislation
Tom Welch  (R) HD 72
3:00 PM 455 HB 180 Restrict cell phone use in work and school zones Denley M Loge  (R) HD 14
3:00 PM 455 HB 205 Revise tax laws related to vehicles Alan Redfield  (R) HD 59
3:00 PM 303 SB 42 Revise the major facility siting act Dick Barrett  (D) SD 45
3:00 PM 317 SB 83 Volunteer Health Services Act Roger Webb  (R) SD 23
3:00 PM 317 SB 96 Right to shop act for health care services Cary Smith  (R) SD 27
Tuesday, January 17
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 137 HB 194 Prohibit local restrictions on electronic devices while driving Jeremy Trebas  (R) HD 25
8:00 AM 137 HB 206 Revise laws regarding crimes Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
8:00 AM 137 HB 217 Revise replacement schedule for regular license plates Randy Brodehl  (R) HD 9
8:00 AM 422 HB 125 Revise workforce investment act to implement federal changes Willis Curdy  (D) HD 98
8:00 AM 303 SB 59 Generally revise criminal justice laws Cynthia Wolken  (D) SD 48
8:00 AM 303 SB 60 Generally revise criminal justice laws Cynthia Wolken  (D) SD 48
8:00 AM 303 SB 61 Require certain facilities providing behavioral health srvcs to be lic by DPHHS Cynthia Wolken  (D) SD 48
8:00 AM 303 SB 63 Revise laws related to supervision of offenders/defendants Cynthia Wolken  (D) SD 48
8:00 AM 303 SB 64 Generally revise laws related to the board of pardons and parole Cynthia Wolken  (D) SD 48
8:30 AM 317B HB 14 Bonding program Jim Keane  (D) HD 73
8:00 AM 317C HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
9:00 AM 455 HB 186 Revise independent candidate filing laws Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
9:00 AM 455 HB 50 Require disclosure of dates of certain campaign contributions Wendy McKamey  (R) HD 19
3:00 PM 152 HB 154 Limit use of exploding targets on public land Willis Curdy  (D) HD 98
3:00 PM 172 HB 221 Revise laws related to public records of municipalities Donald W Jones  (R) HD 46
Wednesday, January 18
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 137 HB 208 Provide that it is unlawful to retaliate against public whistleblowers Kirk Wagoner  (R) HD 75
8:00 AM 152 HB 156 Extend statutory appropriation from hard rock mining impact trust account
**MACo-Requested Legislation
Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
8:00 AM 152 HB 175 Revise laws related to medical savings accounts Jim Hamilton  (D) HD 61
8:00 AM 303 SB 65 Generally revise laws regarding housing options for offenders Cynthia Wolken  (D) SD 48
8:00 AM 303 SB 66 Generally revise the crime victims compensation act Cynthia Wolken  (D) SD 48
8:30 AM 172 HB 229 Allowing worker to choose treating physician in workers'' compensation cases Andrea Olsen  (D) HD 100
8:30 AM 317B HB 14 Bonding program Jim Keane  (D) HD 73
8:30 AM 317C HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:45 AM 472 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
(H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
9:00 AM 455 HB 103 Generally revise election laws - administrative cleanup Geraldine Custer  (R) HD 39
9:00 AM 455 HB 81 Revise publication and distribution requirements for MAR and ARM Willis Curdy  (D) HD 98
3:00 PM 137 SB 5 Revise INTERCAP loan program Tom Facey  (D) SD 50
3:00 PM 152 HB 163 Provide for a Montana caregiver act Geraldine Custer  (R) HD 39
3:00 PM 172 HB 211 Require sage grouse population report Bradley Hamlett  (D) HD 23
3:00 PM 455 HB 144 Generally revise motor vehicle laws Zach Brown  (D) HD 63
3:00 PM 455 HB 196 Institute vehicle registration fee for volunteer EMS Becky Beard  (R) HD 80
Thursday, January 19
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 152 HB 209 Extend funding to Coal Board Barry Usher  (R) HD 40
8:00 AM 152 HB 215 Revise oil and gas tax laws Mary Ann Dunwell  (D) HD 84
9:00 AM 455 HB 207 Revise number and time period for campaign reports Bryce Bennett  (D) HD 91
9:00 AM 303 SB 45 Revise drug and mental health treatment court laws Margaret (Margie) MacDonald  (D) SD 26
9:00 AM 303 SB 71 Provide for an intervention hearing for parolees Jen Gross  (D) SD 25
Friday, January 20
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 137 HB 147 Requiring search warrant for gov access to electronic devices Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
8:00 AM 137 HB 148 Generally revise privacy laws Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
8:00 AM 137 HB 149 Revise privacy laws regarding license plate scanners Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
9:00 AM 303 SB 107 Provide liability limits for emergency care by volunteer emergency responders Douglas (Doug) Kary  (R) SD 22

 

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MACo legislation and associated resolutions for the 65th Legislative Session.  Please note that bill information will be posted as it becomes available.

MACo Bill Statuses
Res. No. Res. Short Title Bill LC Requestor/Sponsor Bill Short Title Action
2016-01 Allow Counties to Set Bounties on Predators -- LC2143 Representative Bill Harris Allow Counties to Set Bounties on Predators (C) Draft to Requester for Review
2016-02 Authorization for Phasing in MT Subdivision & Platting Act -- LC0447,
LC0448,
OR
LC0449
Senator Pat Connell (Requestor)/Representative Ed Greef (Sponsor) Generally revise local government laws (C) Draft Request Received
2016-03 Combining Special Purpose District Elections -- LC1591 Senator Ed Buttrey Revise and clarify special purpose district election laws (C) Draft Request Received
2016-04 County Printing (being combined with our omnibus bill) -- LC1382 Representative Rob Cook Generally revise laws applicable to county government (C) Draft Request Received
2016-05 Detention Costs in County Jails -- LC2175 Representative Moffie Funk Revise laws related to incarceration and county detention centers (C) Draft Request Received
2016-06 Funding for State Secondary Roads -- LC1270 Senator Mike Lang Revise state secondary highway system funding laws (C) Draft Request Received
2016-07 Generally Revise Laws Applicable to County Government -- LC1382 Representative Rob Cook Generally revise laws applicable to county government (C) Draft Request Received
2016-08 Immunization Record Disclosure -- LC1737 Representative Casey Schreiner Revise requirements related to release of patient immunization information (C) Draft Ready for Delivery
2016-09 Junk Vehicle Capital Reserve HB 152 LC1398 Representative Tom Welch Authorize counties to establish junk vehicle capital improvement funds (H) Hearing -- (H) Transportation
01/16/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 455
2016-10 Mail Ballot Voting -- LC1782 Representative Geraldine Custer Special elections to fill U.S. senate or representative vacancy to be by mail (C) Draft to Requester for Review
2016-11 Minor Subdivision Review -- LC1488 Representative Walt Sales Allow for a public hearing for first minor subdivision (C) Draft Back for Redo
2016-12 Noxious Weed Trust Fund -- LC1183 Representative Ray Shaw Increase funding for noxious weed trust fund (C) Draft Request Received
2016-13 Retirees as Independent Contractors HB 101 LC0315 For PERB by SAVA Interim Committee Generally revise MPERA public employee retirement systems (H) Hearing -- (H) State Admin.
01/06/2017; 9:00 AM, Rm 455
2016-14 Review Standard for MT Subdivision & Platting Act -- LC0447,
LC0448,
OR
LC0449
Senator Pat Connell (Requestor)/Representative Ed Greef (Sponsor) Generally revise local government laws (C) Draft Request Received
2016-15 Road Tracts on Plats & Certificates of Survey as Co Roads -- LC1180 Representative Jeff Essmann Revise laws regarding unidentified roads (C) Draft On Hold
2016-16 Setting Speed Limits -- LC1703 Representative Willis Curdy Revise speed limit laws (C) Draft Request Received
2016-17 Sheriffs' Retirement System Funding -- -- -- -- --
2016-18 Support for Biocontrol of Noxious Weeds n/a n/a n/a n/a Not an issue for the Montana Legislature
2016-19 Taxation on Trust Lands   LC1644 Representative Greg Hertz Revise tax laws for property within Indian reservation boundaries (C) Draft Request Received
2016-20 Uncontested City Elections   LC0725 Senator Diane Sands Authorize cancellation of local uncontested general elections by municipalities (C) Draft Request Received
2016-21 Uniform Process for Disposal of Surplus Co. Real Property -- LC1904 Representative Bruce Grubbs Uniform process for county property disposal (C) Draft to Requester for Review
2016-22 Wilderness Characteristics Inventory n/a n/a n/a n/a Not an issue for the Montana Legislature
2016-CCO Retention Limits for Law Enforcement Generated Audio/Video Media -- -- -- -- --
2016-HRC Extend Sunset from Hard-Rock Statutory Appropriation HB 156 LC1027 Representative Forrest Madeville Extend statutory appropriation from hard rock mining impact trust account (H) Hearing -- (H) Taxation
01/18/2017; 8:00 AM, Rm 152
2016-RET Define Independent Contractor in Retirement Laws -- LC1308 Senator Doug Kary Revise public retirement laws related to independent contractors (C) Draft Request Received

* after a status indicates the bill is probably dead:"Probably Dead" is a Bill Progress Category and is assigned to those bills that have been voted down or missed a transmittal deadline and to those bill drafts that have been canceled. To revive a bill that is "probably dead" typically requires a supermajority vote (usually a 2/3 vote) by the House or Senate.

MACo Policy Statements & Resolutions

2016-2018 MACo Policy BookletThe 2016-2018 MACo Policy Booklet contains our resolutions and policy statements that were adopted as of our Annual Conference in Billings, Montana, September 21, 2016.

IMPORTANT NOTE: MACo Resolutions are NOT to be copied or distributed as support or opposition of any legislative bill without the prior consent of MACo Administration or a MACo member.

Download Policy Booklet Here

MACo Legislative Updates

Issue 4, Legislative Update: January 14, 2017

This is the most recent issue of MACo's Legislative Update for the 65th Legislative Session.

This week’s issue features the hearing schedule for the upcoming week as well as the session calendar for next four months. Don’t forget to check out the bills section; we’ve listed the MACo bills as well as bills we are watching—the MACo bills and higher priority bills include some additional information to better inform our readers. 

Read Latest Legislative Update Here

The Legislative Fiscal Division has posted the latest Chart of the Week.  Today's chart is on Charitable Endowment Credits.

Click Here to View the Chart

Listed here are the bills that MACo is watching, which are scheduled to be heard for the current week. Higher priority bills are in bold.  Download a daily hearing schedule here (includes all bills, not just MACo priorities).

December 2, 2016

The December issue of The Interim, the monthly newsletter of legislative activities, is now available online. This month's issue features information about upcoming training for legislators, session leadership selections, meeting summaries for committees wrapping up their interim work, and a listing of all committee-requested bills.

The Back Page article features the three interim studies conducted this interim related to criminal justice and the legislation recommended as a result.

This is the last issue of The Interim until next interim; and it may be the last issue of the newsletter altogether, unless the Legislative Services Division decides to continue to publish it.

Past issues of The Interim are also available on the Legislative Branch website.

The Interim is a monthly newsletter containing articles about Montana legislative committee meetings and other state legislative activities between legislative session.

Click Here to Download this Issue of the Interim Newsletter

November 4, 2016

The November issue of The Interim, the monthly newsletter of legislative activities, is now available online. The newsletter contains information about meetings of interim committees, as well as the upcoming legislative caucus and orientation activities.

Past issues of The Interim are also available on the Legislative Branch website.

The Interim is a monthly newsletter containing articles about Montana legislative committee meetings and other state legislative activities between legislative session.

Click Here to Download this Issue of the Interim Newsletter

October 6, 2016

The October issue of The Interim is now available online. This month's Back Page offers a historical perspective on the EQC’s approach to forest management practices in Montana.

Past issues of The Interim are also available on the Legislative Branch website.

The Interim is a monthly newsletter containing articles about Montana legislative committee meetings and other state legislative activities between legislative session.

Click Here to Download this Issue of the Interim Newsletter

Featured Content


2016-2017 MACo Committees & Members small sticky image

MACo committee assignments for 2016-2017.

2017 MACo Midwinter Legislative Conference small sticky image

Venue/Location
Radisson Colonial Hotel
2301 Colonial Drive
Helena, MT 59601
Start Date
February 13, 2017
End Date
February 16, 2017
February 13-16, 2016
3 weeks 6 days from now

Registration  |  Draft Agenda  |  Floor Plan

The 2017 MACo Midwinter Conference will be held at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena from February 13-16, 2017. All elected officials are welcome.

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MACo PCT Regional Training Registration small sticky image

Handout 1 | Handout 2 | Handout 3 | Handout 4 | Handout 5

Michele Puiggari will be presenting the following topics: Posting Requirements for State and Federal Laws and How to Find Posters; ADA Interactive Process: Real Life Scenario Training; Workplace Civility and Communication and Bystander Intervention Training (for Discrimination and focusing on Senior leadership buy in); and Discipline and Termination:  1  Hour Question and Answer (bring your HR questions).  All trainings are scheduled for 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on their respective days:

  • January 26, 2017 - Kalispell  (click here to access the campus map)
    Flathead County South Campus Building #7, Conference Room, Second Floor, Southeast Corner, 11 Street West and South Main
  • February 1, 2017 - Great Falls
    Montana Expo Park, 400 3rd Street NW, (406) 727-8900
  • April 18, 2017 - Glasgow
    City-County Library, 408 3rd Avenue South, (406) 228-2731
  • April 19, 2017 - Miles City
    Sleep Inn, 1006 South Haynes Avenue, (406) 232-3000
  • April 20, 2017 - Billings
    Metra Park, 308 6th Avenue North, Stillwater Room
  • April 21, 2017 - Butte
    Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn, 2900 Harrison Avenue, (406) 494-3500

If you are signing up multiple people, please submit one registration per person.

Order Your 2017 MACo Directory Here

The 2017 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is now available for pre-order (available in February).  Order you copy at a cost of just $15.00. You can order your copy online and pay with a credit card or fill out an order form and send it to us along with a check.

Get Started: NACo Prescription Discount Card Program

Participating Counties  |  Participating Pharmacies

The National Association of Counties through a  partnership with CVS Caremark provides a FREE prescription discount card exclusively for NACo member counties to offer to their residents. The card will give discounts on prescriptions for residents who are uninsured, underinsured, seniors and pet owners in the county. The card can even be used to help inmates get discounts on prescriptions.

Get Started: Inmate Medical Program

Are inmate medical costs draining your county budgets?

MACo is proud to partner with NACo and Correctional Risk Services (CRS) to offer two programs to help Montana counties contain the costs of medical care for county inmates.  Enroll Today!

MACo Associate Member Program

A Partnership With Montana Counties

The MACo Associate Member Program is a program designed for companies and organizations who want to have a direct relationship with county elected officials in Montana’s 56 counties.

Current Issue of MACo News

MACo News: Volume 46, No. 1

IN THIS ISSUE:  Read some comments from MACo President, Prairie County Commissioner, Todd Devlin; find out who was appointed to MACo's various Committees; read a news release from BLM about their rule to make land use plans more responsive to community needs; check out information regarding Robert's Rules of Order--Ten Myths about Parliamentary Procedure; get safety tips from "Emelia's Safety Corner;" be "in the know" about what is occurring on the national level with news from NACo, and more!

Read This Issue

Recent News Affecting Montana Counties

December 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.