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.

Thursday, March 23
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
7:30 AM 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 137 HB 609 Generally revise privacy laws concerning protected facilities Carl Glimm  (R) HD 6
8:00 AM 137 SB 305 Specifying how election to fill U.S. representative vacancy will be conducted
**MACo-Requested Legislation
Steve Fitzpatrick  (R) SD 10
8:00 AM 455 SB 297 Generally revise laws related to voters in school districts elections Jedediah Hinkle  (R) SD 32
8:00 AM 152 HB 605 Montana Indian Reservation Economic Development Act Greg Hertz  (R) HD 12
8:00 AM 152 HB 607 Creating soft drink tax for state parks and aquatic invasive species Bridget Smith  (D) HD 31
8:00 AM 152 HB 614 Exempting pulse processing equipment from property taxation Rob Cook  (R) HD 18
8:00 AM 152 HB 619 Providing that an MTAB decision may not increase tax liability Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
8:00 AM 422 SB 335 Generally revise laws to facilitate public/private partnerships Jeffrey W Welborn  (R) SD 36
8:00 AM 405 SB 350 Providing for a new uppermost tax rate Edith (Edie) McClafferty  (D) SD 38
8:00 AM 405 SB 351 Constitutional amendment to prohibit general statewide sales or use tax Dick Barrett  (D) SD 45
8:30 AM 172 HB 582 Montana pet breeders act Greg Hertz  (R) HD 12
8:30 AM 172 SB 44 Provide process to hold patients harmless from balance billing by air ambulance Gordon Vance  (R) SD 34
10:30 AM 317 SB 261 Generally revise state fiscal laws Llew Jones  (R) SD 9
3:00 PM 102 HB 365 Revise underground utility laws Ray L Shaw  (R) HD 71
3:00 PM 102 HB 558 Revise tax rates to mitigate reappraisal Greg Hertz  (R) HD 12
3:00 PM 317 SB 357 Provide phase-out of energy production or development property tax abatement Douglas (Doug) Kary  (R) SD 22
3:00 PM 317 SB 330 Provide for property assessed clean energy financing Chas Vincent  (R) SD 1
Friday, March 24
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 102 HB 14 Bonding program Jim Keane  (D) HD 73
8:00 AM 137 SB 26 Revise laws regarding sexual intercourse without consent Sue Malek  (D) SD 46
8:00 AM 137 SB 29 Revising laws regarding sexual crimes Diane Sands  (D) SD 49
8:00 AM 137 SB 30 Revise laws related to criminal statute of limitations Diane Sands  (D) SD 49
8:00 AM 137 HB 596 Extend certain benefits for veterans to additional military honor recipients Wendy McKamey  (R) HD 19
8:00 AM 152 HB 615 State reimbursement of property taxes for certain exempt tribal property
**MACo-Requested Legislation
Greg Hertz  (R) HD 12
8:00 AM 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
9:00 AM 303 HB 472 Clarify property owner not liable for firefighter acts Austin Knudsen  (R) HD 34
3:00 PM 152 SB 271 Revise laws related to the closure of the Montana Developmental Center Fred Thomas  (R) SD 44
3:00 PM 152 SB 272 Revising laws related to assisted care facility licensing and mental health Roger Webb  (R) SD 23
3:00 PM 172 HB 622 Generally revise laws related to invasive species Mike Cuffe  (R) HD 2
3:00 PM 455 HB 627 Repeal local option fuel tax Rob Cook  (R) HD 18
3:00 PM 303 SB 363 Generally revise aquatic invasive species Chas Vincent  (R) SD 1

 

Download a Daily Hearing Schedule Here

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 HB 305 LC2143 Representative Bill Harris Revising laws related to county bounties on predators

(H) Signed by Governor
(03/20/2017)

2016-02 Authorization for Phasing in MT Subdivision & Platting Act HB 445 LC0448 Representative Edward Greef Revise local government subdivision review laws

(S) Hearing --
(S) Local Gov.
03/27/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 405

2016-03 Combining Special Purpose District Elections SB 274 LC1591 Senator Ed Buttrey Revise and clarify special purpose district election laws

(H) Hearing --
(H) State Administration
03/21/2017; 9:00 AM, Rm 455
(Awaiting Executive Action)

2016-04 County Printing (being combined with our omnibus bill) HB 405 LC1382 Representative Rob Cook Generally revise laws applicable to county government

(S) Scheduled for 3rd Reading
(03/23/2017)

2016-05 Detention Costs in County Jails HB 302 LC2175 Representative Moffie Funk Revise laws related to incarceration and county detention centers

(H) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
(03/01/2017)

2016-06 Funding for State Secondary Roads SB 194 LC1270 Senator Mike Lang Revise state secondary highway system funding laws

(S) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
(03/01/2017)

2016-07 Generally Revise Laws Applicable to County Government HB 405 LC1382 Representative Rob Cook Generally revise laws applicable to county government

(S) Scheduled for 3rd Reading
(03/23/2017)

2016-08 Immunization Record Disclosure HB 293 LC1737 Representative Kathy Kelker Revise requirements related to release of patient immunization information

(H) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
(03/01/2017)

2016-09 Junk Vehicle Capital Reserve HB 152 LC1398 Representative Tom Welch Authorize counties to establish junk vehicle capital improvement funds

(H) Transmitted to Governor
(03/21/2017)

2016-10 Mail Ballot Voting SB 305 LC1782 Senator Steve Fitzpatrick Specifying how election to fill U.S. representative vacancy will be conducted

(H) Hearing --
(H) Judiciary
03/23/2017; 8:00 AM, Rm 137

2016-11 Minor Subdivision Review HB 317 LC1488 Representative Walt Sales Allow for a public hearing for first minor subdivision

(H) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
(03/01/2017)

2016-12 Noxious Weed Trust Fund HB 410 LC1183 Representative Ray Shaw Increase funding for noxious weed trust fund

(H) Tabled in Committee* --
(H) Agriculture
(02/23/2017)

2016-13 Retirees as Independent Contractors HB 101 LC0315 For PERB by SAVA Interim Committee Generally revise MPERA public employee retirement systems

(S) Returned to House with Amendments
(03/15/2017)

2016-14 Review Standard for MT Subdivision & Platting Act HB 416 LC0447 Representative Edward Greef Revise local government subdivision review

(S) Scheduled for 3rd Reading
(03/23/2017)

2016-15 Road Tracts on Plats & Certificates of Survey as Co Roads HB 319 LC1180 Representative Jeff Essmann Provide process for designating roads as public

(H) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
(03/01/2017)

2016-16 Setting Speed Limits HB 459 LC1703 Representative Willis Curdy Revise local government authority of certain speed limits

(S) Tabled in Committee --
(S) Highways and Transportation
(03/21/2017)

2016-17 Sheriffs' Retirement System Funding HB 383 LC1780 Representative Geraldine Custer Provide actuarial required funding for Sheriff''s Retirement System

(S) Hearing --
(S) State Administration
03/20/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 335
(Awaiting Executive Action)

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 HB 615 LC1644 Representative Greg Hertz Revise tax laws for property within Indian reservation boundaries

(H) Hearing --
(H) Taxation
03/24/2017; 8:00 AM, Rm 152

2016-20 Uncontested City Elections HB 447 LC0725 Representative Ross H Fitzgerald Authorize cancelation of local uncontested general elections by municipalities

(S) Scheduled for 2nd Reading
(03/23/2017)

2016-21 Uniform Process for Disposal of Surplus Co. Real Property HB 373 LC1904 Representative Bruce Grubbs Revise county property disposal

(S) Hearing --
(S) Local Government
03/15/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 405
(Awaiting Executive Action)

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

(S) Returned to House with Amendments
(03/20/2017)

2016-RET Define Independent Contractor in Retirement Laws -- LC1308 Senator Doug Kary Revise public retirement laws related to independent contractors

(C) Draft On Hold
(This is just a placeholder--see HB 101)

* 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 13, Legislative Update: March 18, 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 final two 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

The Legislative Fiscal Division has posted the latest Chart of the Week.  Today's chart is on the executive's proposal for debt service.

Click Here to View the Chart

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

The Legislative Fiscal Division has posted the updated version of their 2019 Biennium Budget Analysis: Volume 1.

Director Amy Carlson gave this presentation during the December legislator orientation, and it can be viewed by going to the 34:30 mark of this video.

Click Here to View the Budget Analysis

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).

Featured Content


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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.  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. 3

IN THIS ISSUE:  Find out more about MACo and MMIA being recognized with an award for excellence in performance; check out photos from MACo's recent Legislative Midwinter Conference; see who received the 2017 Risk Management Safety Awards; read about invasive mussels and how to comment on proposed amendments to rules regarding detection, containment, and prevention; check out some 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!

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Recent Announcements Affecting Counties

January 17, 2017

The grant application was produced by the Grant Review Subcommittee of the Montana Land Information Advisory Council in cooperation with the Montana State Library. Grant criteria are established based on the original intent of the Montana Land Information Act and the goals and objectives from the annual Montana Land Information Plan. Click the link below for more information.