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.

Tuesday, February 21
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 137 HB 450 Revise assumption of criminal jurisdiction of Flathead Indian country laws Greg Hertz  (R) HD 12
8:00 AM 137 HB 463 Prohibit chronically incapacitated substance abuse in public places Kathy Kelker  (D) HD 47
8:00 AM 137 HB 472 Prohibit county attorneys from selling alcohol or owning alcohol establishments Wylie Galt  (R) HD 30
8:00 AM 455 HB 436 Require voter approval for employer contribution increases in retirement systems Tom Burnett  (R) HD 67
8:00 AM 422 SB 291 Revise lien filings for certain ambulance bills Tom Facey  (D) SD 50
8:00 AM 422 SB 292 Revise credit reporting laws for air ambulance debt from balance billing Tom Facey  (D) SD 50
8:00 AM 137 SB 126 Revise laws related to property valuation appeal process Keith Regier  (R) SD 3
8:00 AM 303 HB 276 Revise reimbursement for pharmacies Edward Greef  (R) HD 88
8:00 AM 303 SB 258 Provide a procedure for electronically issued search warrants Nels Swandal  (R) SD 30
3:00 PM 405 SB 241 Generally revise commercial drivers license laws Edward Buttrey  (R) SD 11
3:00 PM 405 SB 262 Revise laws governing public road access Edith (Edie) McClafferty  (D) SD 38
3:00 PM 405 SB 290 Generally revise school transportation laws Jill Cohenour  (D) SD 42
3:00 PM 137 HB 410 Increase funding for noxious weed trust fund
**MACo-Requested Legislation
Ray L Shaw  (R) HD 71
3:00 PM 172 HB 407 Revise sanitation in subdivisions rule requirements Adam Hertz  (R) HD 96
3:00 PM 172 HB 455 Review nondegradation rules for subdivisions Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
3:00 PM 172 HB 456 Clarify time lines for subdivision review Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
3:00 PM 172 HB 457 Exempting certain lot redesigns from Montana Subdivision and Platting Act Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
3:00 PM 172 HB 492 Revise fire service area consolidation Denise Hayman  (D) HD 66
3:00 PM 172 HB 507 Generally revise laws relating to review of sanitation in subdivisions Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
3:00 PM 172 HB 510 Revise exemptions from sanitation in subdivisions review Adam Hertz  (R) HD 96
3:00 PM 335 HB 286 Allow livestock loss reimbursement for mountain lion predation Ray L Shaw  (R) HD 71
3:00 PM 317 SB 299 Generally revise hydraulic fracturing disclosure Tom Richmond  (R) SD 28
3:00 PM 422 HB 211 Require sage grouse population report Bradley Hamlett  (D) HD 23
Wednesday, February 22
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 455 HB 447 Authorize cancellation of local uncontested general elections by municipalities
**MACo-Requested Legislation
Ross H Fitzgerald  (R) HD 17
8:00 AM 455 HB 448 Revise county election laws to allow for nonpartisan elections Ross H Fitzgerald  (R) HD 17
8:00 AM 422 SB 289 Revise laws concerning title insurance policies Frederick (Eric) Moore  (R) SD 19
8:00 AM 303 SB 249 Generally revise criminal laws regarding testimony from accomplices/informants Nels Swandal  (R) SD 30
8:00 AM 303 SB 250 Revise laws for prosecutorial immunity for Marsy's law Nels Swandal  (R) SD 30
8:30 AM 172 HB 449 Revise the definition of wages in workers' compensation insurance. Wylie Galt  (R) HD 30
3:00 PM 152 HB 400 Require disclosure of health care prices Greg Hertz  (R) HD 12
3:00 PM 152 HB 446 Revise comprehensive school and community treatment services Jacob Bachmeier  (D) HD 28
3:00 PM 152 HB 469 Revise laws related to choice of practitioners Lola Sheldon-Galloway  (R) HD 22
3:00 PM 152 HB 488 Provide copayment and coinsurance requirements for chiropractic services Kerry White  (R) HD 64
3:00 PM 303 HB 473 Revise highway revenue laws Frank Garner  (R) HD 7
3:00 PM 405 SB 274 Revise and clarify special purpose district election laws
**MACo-Requested Legislation
Edward Buttrey  (R) SD 11
3:00 PM 405 SB 278 Revising local government selection procedures for professional services Steve Hinebauch  (R) SD 18
3:00 PM 317 SB 272 Revising laws related to assisted care facility licensing and mental health Roger Webb  (R) SD 23
Thursday, February 23
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 422 SB 289 Revise laws concerning title insurance policies Frederick (Eric) Moore  (R) SD 19
8:00 AM 422 SJ 13 Joint resolution urging Congress to address air ambulance balance billing issues Tom Facey  (D) SD 50
8:00 AM 303 SB 259 Revise laws related to admissibility of seat belt use Steve Fitzpatrick  (R) SD 10
3:00 PM 335 HB 305 Revising laws related to county bounties on predators
**MACo-Requested Legislation
Bill Harris  (R) HD 37
Friday, February 24
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
3:00 AM 152 HB 458 Oversight of care for former MDC patients Kirk Wagoner  (R) HD 75
3:00 AM 152 HB 505 Establish requirements for insurance coverage of contraceptives Tom Woods  (D) HD 62
3:00 AM 455 HB 497 Generally revise vehicle title laws Gordon Pierson  (D) HD 78

 

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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 HB 305 LC2143 Representative Bill Harris Revising laws related to county bounties on predators (S) Hearing -- (S) Ag, Livestock & Irrigation
02/23/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 335
2016-02 Authorization for Phasing in MT Subdivision & Platting Act HB 445 LC0448 Representative Edward Greef Revise local government subdivision review laws (H) Hearing -- (H) Local Gov.
02/16/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 172
2016-03 Combining Special Purpose District Elections SB 274 LC1591 Senator Ed Buttrey Revise and clarify special purpose district election laws (S) Hearing -- (S) Local Gov.
02/22/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 405
2016-04 County Printing (being combined with our omnibus bill) HB 405 LC1382 Representative Rob Cook Generally revise laws applicable to county government (H) Committee Report--Bill Passed -- (H) Local Government
(02/17/2017)
2016-05 Detention Costs in County Jails HB 302 LC2175 Representative Moffie Funk Revise laws related to incarceration and county detention centers (H) Tabled in Committee* --
(H) Appropriations
(02/15/2017)
2016-06 Funding for State Secondary Roads SB 194 LC1270 Senator Mike Lang Revise state secondary highway system funding laws (S) Tabled in Committee* -- (S) Highways and Transportation
(02/14/2017)
2016-07 Generally Revise Laws Applicable to County Government HB 405 LC1382 Representative Rob Cook Generally revise laws applicable to county government (H) Scheduled for 2nd Reading
(02/20/2017)
2016-08 Immunization Record Disclosure HB 293 LC1737 Representative Kathy Kelker Revise requirements related to release of patient immunization information (H) Hearing -- (H) Human Services
02/01/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 152
(Awaiting Executive Action)
2016-09 Junk Vehicle Capital Reserve HB 152 LC1398 Representative Tom Welch Authorize counties to establish junk vehicle capital improvement funds (S) Referred to Committee -- (S) Highways and Transportation
(02/13/2017)
2016-10 Mail Ballot Voting SB 305 LC1782 Senator Steve Fitzpatrick Specifying how election to fill U.S. representative vacancy will be conducted (S) Hearing -- (S) State Admin.
02/20/2017; 2:00 PM, Rm 335
2016-11 Minor Subdivision Review HB 317 LC1488 Representative Walt Sales Allow for a public hearing for first minor subdivision (H) 2nd Reading Not Passed*
(02/10/2017)
2016-12 Noxious Weed Trust Fund HB 410 LC1183 Representative Ray Shaw Increase funding for noxious weed trust fund (H) Hearing -- (H) Agriculture
02/21/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 137
2016-13 Retirees as Independent Contractors HB 101 LC0315 For PERB by SAVA Interim Committee Generally revise MPERA public employee retirement systems (S) Rereferred to Committee -- (S) State Administration
(02/14/2017)
2016-14 Review Standard for MT Subdivision & Platting Act HB 416 LC0447 Representative Edward Greef Revise local government subdivision review (H) Hearing -- (H) Local Gov.
02/16/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 172
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) Hearing -- (H) Local Gov.
02/09/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 172
(Awaiting Executive Action)
2016-16 Setting Speed Limits HB 459 LC1703 Representative Willis Curdy Revise local government authority of certain speed limits (H) Hearing -- (H) Transportation
02/20/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 455
2016-17 Sheriffs' Retirement System Funding HB 383 LC1780 Representative Geraldine Custer Provide actuarial required funding for Sheriff''s Retirement System (H) Scheduled for 2nd Reading
(02/20/2017)
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 Taken Off Hold
2016-20 Uncontested City Elections HB 447 LC0725 Representative Ross H Fitzgerald Authorize cancelation of local uncontested general elections by municipalities (H) Hearing -- (H) State Admin.
02/22/2017; 8:00 AM, Rm 455
2016-21 Uniform Process for Disposal of Surplus Co. Real Property HB 373 LC1904 Representative Bruce Grubbs Revise county property disposal (H) Committee Report--Bill Passed as Amended -- (H) Local Gov.
(02/17/2017)
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) Hearing --
(S) Natural Resources
02/13/2017; 3:00 PM, Rm 303
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 9, Legislative Update: February 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 next three 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.

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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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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. 2

IN THIS ISSUE:  Read about MACo's new Assistant Director, Eric Bryson; check out the agenda for the upcoming Legislative Midwinter Conference; read an article about MACo President, Prairie County Commissioner, Todd Devlin and MACo Executive Director, Harold Blattie attending the NCCAE Meeting in Washington, DC; find out more about timely reporting of workers' compensation claims in article by MACo WCT's Workers' Compensation Supervisor, Wendy Sessleman; read about destruction of video evidence, in an "General Law Update" by MACo's General Counsel, Brian Hopkins; get the details about the annual risk-sharing pool party; 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!

Read This Issue

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.