Happenings on the Hill: Updates from Montana's Capitol

Interim Committees & Studies | MACo's 2013 Bills


During each legislative session, legislators identify issues they want to study in more depth. They appoint interim committees to conduct these and other studies during the interims between sessions. The House and Senate leadership decides on who will be on the interim committees for the interim. Therefore, the members of the interim committees serve one 20 month term. The committees often invite experts to present information to them. Members of the public also get a chance to have their say.

Legislators use what they learn from the interim studies to make well-informed decisions about what bills to consider during the next session.

The administrative committees oversee management of the legislative branch of state government also meet during the interim.

You can sign up to get electronic notification of committee meetings. You can also listen to all interim committee meetings held in the Capitol live on the legislative website.

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Listed below are the Interim Study Resolutions that have been filed with the Secretary of State as well as the results of the 2013 Interim Study Poll, based on ballots sent April 25 and returned through May 9. The rank of each study is shown in the far left column, and the total points received are in the far right column.  These assignments were adopted by Legislative Council on May 16, 2013.

Rank Res. Short Title/Subject Interim Committee (IC) Assignment Points
1 HJ 17 Study state pay plans  Legislative Finance Committee 1090
2 SJ 15 Study public land management  Environmental Quality Council 1015
3 HJ 1 Study structure and duties of office of comm of political practices  State Administration and Veterans' Affairs IC 983
3 SJ 6 Study the impacts of Montana's renewable portfolio standard  Energy & Telecommunications IC 983
5 HJ 16 Study state-operated public institutions  Children, Families, Health & Human Services IC 961
6 HJ 25 Study workers' compensation and subrogation,  other issues  Economic Affairs IC 825
7 SJ 20 Study prescription drug abuse  Children, Families, Health & Human Services IC 809
8 SJ 23 Study the tax appeal process  Revenue & Transportation IC 804
9 SJ 22 Study family law procedure alternatives  Law & Justice IC 785
10 SJ 3 Study the Board of Pardons and Parole  Law & Justice IC 725
11 HJ 2 Study state/local gov electronic records management  Education & Local Government IC 665
12 HJ 26 Study water ditch/canal easement restatement process options  Water Policy Committee 640
13 SJ 26 Study commerce corridors along Montana highways  Revenue & Transportation IC 628
14 SJ 14 Study local government election procedures  State Administration and Veterans' Affairs IC 604
15 SJ 24 Study military training applicability to civilian jobs  Economic Affairs IC 558
16 SJ 4 Study Virginia City,  Nevada City, and Reeder's Alley  Environmental Quality Council 542
17 HJ 30 Study benefits for veterans Information Request (Staff)* 524
NA HB 609 Study of hunting and fishing licensing Environmental Quality Council NA
NA HB 633 Create select committee on efficiency in government--members--duties Select Committee (Vetoed/Poll) NA
NA SJ 13 Request MUS to study college completion Goes directly to MUS for their consideration NA

Mean Average points = 773 (SJR 22) Median points = 785 (SJR 22) BALLOTS = 107 returned as of 5 p.m., May 9, 2011 (71%). These rankings were compiled from the 107 "ballots" received by LSD as of 5 p.m., Thursday, May 9.

* Legislative Staff recommended that the study of statutory benefits provided to military veterans not be assigned to an interim committee but, instead, be conducted by staff as an information request. The staff's compilation of statutory veterans' benefits would be specifically presented to: State Admin. and Vets' Affairs; EQC; Children and Families; Economic Affairs; Revenue and Transportation; and, if requested, to other committees, including the Legislative Finance Committee.

Click Here for Further Details Regarding the Interim Study Poll Results


MACo legislation and associated resolutions for the 63rd 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
2010-01 Amending the Interagency Bison Management Plan --- --- --- --- ---
2010-09 Interim Zoning SB 105 1063 Taylor Brown Revise interim zoning laws (S) Died in Process*
2010-13 Mobile Home Disposal HB 192 0542 Roger A Hagan Revise laws related to mobile home transfer and taxes Chapter Number Assigned
2010-17 Food Safety Compliance --- --- --- --- ---
2010-19 Statutory Continuation and Improvement of Tax Increment Financing SB 239 0734 Edward Buttrey Generally revise tax increment financing districts Chapter Number Assigned
2010-22 Technology Districts --- 0735 Edward Buttrey Allow Montana businesses to participate in technology districts Draft Died in Process*
2012-01 Automatic Re-Registration of Absentee Ballots HB 510 0496 Pat Ingraham Eliminate requirement for annual absentee forms Chapter Number Assigned
2012-02 Board of Adjustment Appeals --- --- --- --- ---
2012-03 Commissioner District Redistricting HB 164 1413 Amanda Curtis Revise county commissioner district laws related to time periods Chapter Number Assigned
2012-04 County Elected Official Vacancies SB 132 1172 Greg Jergeson Revise statutory dates related to filling mid-term county elected office Chapter Number Assigned
2012-05 EMS Council Run Review --- --- --- --- ---
2012-06 Equipment Auction Limits HB 371 1286 Pat Ingraham Revise county public auction laws Chapter Number Assigned
2012-07 Fuel Tax Bid Limits HB 194 1145 Pat Ingraham Revise gasoline and vehicle fuel tax fund laws Chapter Number Assigned
2012-08 Interim Appointments HB 193 1055 Roger Hagan Authorize interim appointments of county elected officials Chapter Number Assigned
2012-09 Justice Court Filing Fees HB 206 1064 Kelly Flynn Increase justice court filing fees Chapter Number Assigned
2012-10 Legal Holidays HB 325 0736 Keith Regier Revising local government legal holiday laws Chapter Number Assigned
2012-11 Livestock Assessment Date SB 72 0724 Debby Barrett Revise the livestock per-capita assessment date Chapter Number Assigned
2012-12 Medical Marijuana Ordinance Authority n/a n/a n/a n/a Bill not needed--current law stands.
2012-13 MT Land Information Act Funding n/a n/a n/a n/a Not going forward.
2012-14 Noxious Weed Act Compliance SB 301 1315 Terry Murphy Revise noxious weed laws Chapter Number Assigned
2012-15 Open Cut Permit Fees SB 234 0915 Jim Peterson Provisional permits for gravel pits (S) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
SB 332 1261 Bruce Tutvedt Generally revise open-cut laws Chapter Number Assigned
Replacement for SB 234, Provisional permits for gravel pits (Jim Peterson)
2012-16 Overweight Permit Fees HB 216 1104 Alan Doane Revise laws related to distribution of overweight and oversize permit fees (S) Died in Standing Committee*
2012-17 Public Safety Communications System --- 1296 Steve Lavin Revise public safety communication laws Draft Died in Process*
2012-18 School Zone Speed Limits SB 161 1353 Mitch Tropila Revise school zone speeding laws for state highways Chapter Number Assigned
2012-19 Special Use Fuel Permit Bond SB 116 0156 Ron Arthun Revise special fuel user permit requirements on local government projects Chapter Number Assigned
2012-20 State Agency Coordination HB 326 0441 Kelly Flynn Require state coordination with local governments when requested (H) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
(Exec-Comm. Approved)
Publication Notice HB 258 1523 Bridget Smith Revise local government laws related to public notice Chapter Number Assigned

* 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.

Interim Meetings & Updates

July 23, 2014
Sonja Nowakowski, ETIC Staff

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) in July approved a revised draft report and a draft bill on the RPS and a second draft bill on a telecommunications topic in order to seek public comment. The ETIC accepted public comment on the draft RPS report in June. During the ETIC's July meeting, however, committee members revised the report and adopted a set of findings and recommendations. The comment period ends August 20. Please submit comments to snowakowski@mt.govor mail them to the ETIC at P.O. Box 201706, Helena, MT 59620-1706.

July 2, 2014

This week's chart created by the Legislative Fiscal Division is on the Montana Digital Academy.  The chart shows the number of students that enrolled and completed courses through the Montana Digital Academy.  To see the chart, follow the link below.

June 26, 2014
Sonja Nowakowski, ETIC Staff

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) has just completed a publication to assist the public in learning about energy issues in Montana.

June 25, 2014

This week's chart from the Legislative Fiscal Division shows K-12 graduation rates for Montana and on the national level.  The formula used to calculate the graduation rate in Montana changed in 2011, so the line for Montana shows a break to further depict that change.  To see the chart, follow the link below.

June 18, 2014

This week's chart shows Montana student enrollment in kindergarden-high school.  The amounts include public, private and home school enrollments.  To see the chart, follow the link below.

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