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).

Monday, January 26
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 317A HB 5 Provide for infrastructure development Jeffrey W Welborn  (R) HD 72
9:00 AM 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act: (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
9:00 AM 137 HB 261 Revise laws regarding clerk of court fees for transmitting records Ryan Lynch  (D) HD 76
3:00 PM 137 HB 303 Revise laws related to recall petitions for school board members Willis Curdy  (D) HD 98
3:00 PM 472 HB 226 Revise oil and gas laws related to the oil and gas damage mitigation account Tom Richmond  (R) HD 56
3:00 PM 472 HB 230 Repeal Community Renewable Energy Project requirements Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
3:00 PM 152 HB 256 Revise laws to provide checks and balances for expanding affordable care act Matthew Monforton  (R) HD 69
3:00 PM 455 HB 241 Clarify definition of commercial motor vehicle for emergency vehicles Tom Berry  (R) HD 40
3:00 PM 455 HB 242 Revise notification requirements when a vehicle is involved in an accident Kerry White  (R) HD 64
3:00 PM 455 HB 246 Revise laws related to deposit of oversize load fee revenue Zac Perry  (D) HD 3
Tuesday, January 27
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 405 SB 157 Generally revise tax reappraisal laws Bruce Tutvedt  (R) SD 3
9:00 AM 455 HB 209 Revise laws related to designation of an agent to assist an elector Casey Schreiner  (D) HD 25
9:00 AM 455 HB 211 Require POW/MIA flag be displayed at certain times and places Kirk Wagoner  (R) HD 75
9:00 AM 152 HB 217 Exempt certain amateur radio equipment from property tax Tom Richmond  (R) HD 56
3:00 AM 172 HB 293 Post bill of rights in public buildings Bob Brown  (R) HD 13
3:00 AM 172 HB 302 Revise burden of proof laws related to subdivisions Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
3:00 AM 335 HB 108 Revise noxious weed budget laws Daniel R Salomon  (R) HD 93
3:00 AM 405 SB 184 Allow for display of electronic proof of motor vehicle insurance Jill Cohenour  (D) SD 42
Wednesday, January 28
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 137 HB 210 Revise specialty assault laws Kirk Wagoner  (R) HD 75
8:00 AM 137 HB 214 Generally revise boating laws related to DUI offenses David (Doc) Moore  (R) HD 92
8:30 AM 152 HB 213 Revise business equipment tax laws Mike Miller  (R) HD 80
9:00 AM 455 HB 220 Revise recall provision laws for local and district elected officials Jeff Essmann  (R) HD 54
9:00 AM 455 HB 48 Establish on-line voter registration Geraldine Custer  (R) HD 39
9:00 AM 455 HB 70 Revise vote by mail laws Geraldine Custer  (R) HD 39
3:00 PM 455 HB 275 Revise fuel tax revenue to fund maintenance and public transportation Nancy Wilson  (D) HD 95
3:00 PM 455 HB 280 Generally revise laws on bicycles Jeff Essmann  (R) HD 54
Thursday, January 29
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 137 SB 15 Clarify laws relating to the call of a retired judge or justice Nels Swandal  (R) SD 30
8:00 AM 422 SB 103 Provide presumptive disease coverage for paid firefighters Mary Caferro  (D) SD 41
8:30 AM 172 HB 223 Revise cost of death certificates and use for funding board of funeral service Christy Clark  (R) HD 17
9:00 AM 455 HB 231 Revise information technology laws Pat Noonan  (D) HD 74
9:00 AM 152 HB 156 Revise tax laws related to pollution control equipment Mike Miller  (R) HD 80
9:00 AM 152 SB 18 Revising the time frame for the calculation of the entitlement share growth rate Dick Barrett  (D) SD 45
3:00 PM 137 HB 260 Revise laws for payment of costs associated with irrigation district petitions Ryan Lynch  (D) HD 76
Friday, January 30
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 137 HB 274 Regulating arrests, searches, and seizures by federal law enforcement Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 422 SB 158 Provide for pay check fairness laws Diane Sands  (D) SD 49
8:00 AM 422 SB 174 Revise laws related to funds managed by cemetery association trustees Mary Sheehy Moe  (D) SD 12
3:00 PM 152 HB 5 Establish all-hazard incident management teams and provide funding authority Jonathan Windy Boy  (D) SD 16
3:00 PM 455 HB 267 Generally revise laws related to motor carriers Ellie Boldman Hill  (D) HD 90


Download a daily hearing schedule here


MACo legislation and associated resolutions for the 64th 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
2012-02 Board of Adjustment Appeals HB193 LC1350 Representative Daniel Salomon Revise board of adjustment appeal process related to county zoning (H) Hearing --
(H) Local Government
01/20/2015; 3:00 PM, Rm 172
2012-20 State Agency Coordination -- -- -- -- --
2014-01 Access Conveyance Fees for Easements Across State Trust Lands -- -- -- -- --
2014-02 Assignment of Road Street Addresses by Local Government HB187 LC0555 Representative Tom Steenberg Clarify laws pertaining to assignment of road/street addresses (H) Hearing --
(H) Local Government
01/20/2015; 3:00 PM, Rm 172
2014-03 Clarifying Eligible Voters in Certain Elections SB 119 LC1013 Senator Doug Kary Clarify eligible voters in certain elections (S) Hearing --
(S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs
01/20/2015; 8:00 AM, Rm 422
2014-04 Contracting for the Confinement of Prisoners -- -- -- -- --
2014-05 County Ordinance for Compression Brakes -- LC1433 Representative Kirk Wagoner Establish of county laws for compression brake usage Draft Request Received
2014-06 County Road Permit Fees for Oversize & Overweight Vehicles -- -- -- -- --
2014-07 Determining Legal Status of County Roads & Public Roads in Counties -- LC1662 Tom Jacobson Provide for inventory of all county and public roads Draft Request Received
2014-08 Establish Development Agreements Under Montana Law -- LC1554 Senator Ed Buttrey Establish process to allow counties to enter into development agreements (C) Draft On Hold
2014-09 Extend Sunset on Enhanced 9-1-1 Fund Distribution HB112 LC0824 Representative Keith Regier Extend sunset on enhanced 9-1-1 fund distribution (H) Transmitted to Senate
2014-10 Funding for Control of Aquatic Invasive Species n/a n/a n/a n/a MACo is to support legislation.
2014-11 Generally Revise Laws Applicable to County Government -- LC0770 Representative Rob Cook Generally revise laws applicable to county government (C) Draft Ready for Delivery
2014-12 Historic Road Right-of-Way Deed Purchase -- LC1974 Senator Bruce Tutvedt Extend historic county road or utility right-of-way application dates (C) Draft in Legal Review
2014-13 Noxious Weed Control Funding n/a n/a n/a n/a MACo was to support MWCA legislation, but they decided to not come forward with it.
2014-14 Retirees as Independent Contractors SB121 LC1039 Senator Doug Kary Revise laws related to public employee retirement system (S) Referred to Committee --
(S) State Administration
2014-15 State Assistance for Montana Livestock Producers to Manage
Livestock in Carnivore Country
HB145 LC1705 Representative Mike Cuffe Revise laws related to livestock loss (H) Hearing --
(H) Agriculture
01/20/2015; 3:00 PM, Rm 137
2014-16 Wind Generation Impact Fees SB111 LC1332 Senator Duane Ankney Clarify wind generation facility impact fee for local governmental units

(H) Referred to Committee --
(H) Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications

* 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

2014-2016 MACo Policy BookletThe 2014-2016 MACo Policy Booklet contains our resolutions and policy statements that were adopted as of our Annual Conference in Kalispell, Montana, September 24, 2014. Individual resolutions can be viewed on the "Resolution" pages of the website (click on "Resolutions" in the left column menu).

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 5, Legislative Update: January 23, 2015

This is the latest issue of MACo's Legislative Update for the 64th Legislative Session.

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

Read Latest Legislative Update Here

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.

Featured Content

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Red Lion Colonial
2301 Colonial Drive
Helena, MT
Start Date
February 09, 2015
End Date
February 12, 2015
February 9-12, 2015
2 weeks 10 hours from now

Registration | Agenda | Floor Plan

The 2015 MACo Midwinter Conference will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena from February 9-12, 2015. All elected officials are welcome. Online registration is available through February 2, 2015. The registration fee for the conference is $150 which covers three lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. There is a $25 late fee for registering at the door.

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Posted Date: 
January 16, 2015
Sheryl Wood, Associate Director, Montana Association of Counties

The Montana Association of Counties is seeking a Claims Support Specialist for its property and liability and workers compensation public entity risk sharing pools.  The position duties include provides a variety of administrative and technical support to the Workers Compensation and Property & Liability Claims Department.   Position is located in Helena, Montana. 

2014-2015 MACo Committees & Members small sticky image

MACo committee assignments for 2014-2015.

MACo JPIA Regional Training Registration small sticky image

Handout 1 | Handout 2 | Handout 3
Handout 4 | Handout 5 | Handout 6

Michele Puiggari, Personnel Consultant, will be presenting topics pertaining to ADA interactive process and HIPPA, communications issues, and hiring issues (legal section, employment letters, due process letter).  These trainings qualify for loss control credits and law enforcement will receive POST credits.  All trainings are scheduled for 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on their respective days:

  • January 14, 2015 - Kalispell
    Red Lion Colonial Inn, Lake McDonald Room, 20 North Main Street, (855) 347-0877
  • January 28, 2015 - Great Falls
    Montana Expo Park, Paddock Room, 400 3rd Street NW, (406) 727-8900
  • April 21, 2015 - Glasgow
    Valley County Courthouse, 501 Court Square, (406) 228-6262
  • April 22, 2015 - Miles City
    Sleep Inn, 1006 South Haynes Avenue, (406) 232-3000
  • April 23, 2015 - Billings
    Yellowstone County Courthouse, 217 North 27th Street, (406) 256-2701
  • April 24, 2015 - Butte

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

Order Your 2015 MACo Directory Here

The 2015 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is available at a cost of just $15.00. You can pre-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.

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 44, No. 1

IN THIS ISSUE:  In this issue, read some important comments from MACo President, Madison County Commissioner, Dave Schulz; check out the 2014-2015 MACo Committee lists; get a refresher on "Robert's Rules of Order;" find out more about MACo's new contract Legislative & Policy Analyst; learn more about NACo's new "County Explorer" and test it out; 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!

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Recent County, State & National News

December 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

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