Happenings on the Hill: Special November Session Updates

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Thursday, November 16
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The Senate Sine Died at 12:36 a.m. on November 16, 2017.

The House Sine Died at 1:05 a.m. on November 16, 2017.

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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.

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MACo Legislative Updates

3 days 21 hours ago
Sine Die, House: 1:05 a.m.
3 days 21 hours ago
Sine Die, Senate: 12:36 a.m. The House continues with their second agenda . . ,
3 days 22 hours ago
House is beginning second agenda and Senate is reconvening to hear their final bills.
3 days 23 hours ago
HB 6 (Provide for fund transfers and other measures) passed out of committee as amended twice unanimously. They th… https://t.co/Ayes2POy8Y
3 days 23 hours ago
Joint House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Claims Standing Committees are meeting for executive action on HB… https://t.co/CXCH8tF8Em
4 days 4 hours ago
Senate Tax Committee meeting for executive action. Watch here: https://t.co/YLlBuXTOEQ
4 days 7 hours ago
The House & Senate of the have both passed HB 2, Incorp. revisions from reg. session and revise appr… https://t.co/YHfsjEgDNN
4 days 8 hours ago
The House Appropriations committee has just a few bills left to act upon regarding fund transfers (HB 1), fire supp… https://t.co/xmfEWItSmv
4 days 11 hours ago
The Senate will convene approximately 30 minutes following the recess of the House. The House is currently on the… https://t.co/kSpDD8UO2V
4 days 12 hours ago
The House & Senate of the will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. in their respective chambers; however, these… https://t.co/Q32gRwq3gr
4 days 22 hours ago
The Joint House Appropriations and Senate Finance & Claims Comittees will meet again at 8 a.m. for executive action… https://t.co/KPUxVRWIwO
4 days 23 hours ago
The Joint House Appropriations and Senate Finance & Claims Committees are now hearing three bills (SB 9, SB 10, and… https://t.co/U7bXZKRhyt
4 days 23 hours ago
The House Appropriations Committee just passed HB 2 (Inc. HB2 revisions from reg. session and revise approps. withi… https://t.co/1ryCciuHof
5 days 52 min ago
Joint House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Claims Standing Committees meeting upon adjournment of the House… https://t.co/BOvyWzZ9L2
5 days 2 hours ago
House Floor Session beginning now (late); bills on second reading include HB 5, HB6, and HB 8. Read about these bi… https://t.co/4mHhUpkKU5
5 days 3 hours ago
House reconvening at 7:30 p.m. and Senate in recess until 8:15 p.m.--joint committee meetings resume in the interim.
5 days 3 hours ago
House and Senate reconvening and recessing interchangeably to get bills on first reading and out to committees quic… https://t.co/JIQsg2Giat
5 days 3 hours ago
House and Senate reconvening and recessing interchangeably to get bills on first reading and out to committees quic… https://t.co/fvMJDAThAP
5 days 7 hours ago
House and Senate bills are being assigned quickly. View the hearing schedule here: https://t.co/T2T7ZlZoOS
5 days 7 hours ago
Governor has made $76 million in budget cuts about an hour ago: https://t.co/N5LypAoebN
5 days 8 hours ago
Joint House Appropriations and Senate Finance & Claims Standing Committees currently hearing HB 2, Incorp. HB 2 rev… https://t.co/v1AsZd8wcS
5 days 8 hours ago
The joint meeting of the House and Senate Taxation Committees are currently hearing SB 7, Require 3rd-party interme… https://t.co/NP0O81bGTm
5 days 9 hours ago
The 2017 November Special Session has been expanded by the . To do this, they called themselves into… https://t.co/NmUjd6yETg
5 days 11 hours ago
Senate is convening at 11 a.m. in the Senate Chambers to begin the first official day of the 2017 November Special… https://t.co/GgV1KWanoF
5 days 11 hours ago
New bill released: SB 7, Require 3rd-party intermediaries to pay/remit the lodging facility use tax--to be heard in… https://t.co/f5cctS1eWj
5 days 12 hours ago
Joint House Taxation and Senate Taxation Standing Committees will meet again at 1 p.m. in room 303 of the State Cap… https://t.co/DtkWbOkyV8
5 days 12 hours ago
Joint House Taxation and Senate Taxation Standing Committees will meet at 1 p.m. in room 303 of the State Capitol B… https://t.co/J2webWv0ir
5 days 12 hours ago
Joint House Taxation and Senate Taxation Standing Committees will be meeting at 10 a.m. in room 303 of the State Ca… https://t.co/I0ZiIS6EhX
5 days 14 hours ago
The will convene today: Senate at 11 a.m. and House at 12 p.m. in their respective chambers. Strea… https://t.co/pJ7WmCrYr2
6 days 5 hours ago
The Joint Committees that met today will meet tomorrow (Tuesday, November 14) at 8 a.m. for possible Exec Action on… https://t.co/pAZoAaRpu6
6 days 7 hours ago
Joint (H) Approps & (S) Finance & Claims are done hearing bills for the day and are now receiving an update from th… https://t.co/DeDzU61kSb
6 days 7 hours ago
Joint (H) Approps & (S) Finance & Claims hearing SB 3; provides a two-month holiday for the employer contributions… https://t.co/saIORSSdMx
6 days 7 hours ago
Joint (H) Approps & (S) Finance & Claims hearing SB 1; the judges retirement system is currently over-funded. This… https://t.co/EraGUFQvFN
6 days 8 hours ago
Joint (H)Approps & (S)Finance & Claims hearing SB 2; eliminate block grants to school & co transportation & retirem… https://t.co/z87HugquLW
6 days 10 hours ago
Joint (H) Approps & (S) Finance & Claims recessing until 2 p.m.
6 days 10 hours ago
If any commissioners are in town for the Special Legislative Session, we'll be at the Capitol all day; come find us… https://t.co/rZHgEGwsf8
6 days 11 hours ago
Watch hearings for 's 2017 November Special Session here: https://t.co/YLlBuXTOEQ
6 days 11 hours ago
Joint (H) Approps & (S) Finance & Claims hearing HB 4; this bill represents a significant policy change. Under curr… https://t.co/JQibtsRtgh
6 days 11 hours ago
Joint (H) Approps & (S) Finance & Claims heard HB 3 with 2 proponents & no opponents; would transfer $40 million fr… https://t.co/t9709IkK5f
6 days 11 hours ago
Joint (H) Approps & (S) Finance & Claims heard HB 1; legislation approving fund balance and other transfers as subm… https://t.co/DGZXpU82iy
6 days 12 hours ago
Check out the hearing schedule for today for the November 2017 Special Session (most hearings will begin at 10 a.m.… https://t.co/AwmrQf3if6
6 days 12 hours ago
With the November 2017 Special Legislative Session just minutes away, here is a short recap of the bills that have… https://t.co/uCSyXEFApq
1 week 6 hours ago
's Special November Legislative Session begins with hearings on Monday, November 13th at 10 a.m.
1 week 3 days ago
Local Gov Interim Committee meeting today on Entitlement Share, budgeting, land use, the BARSAA, TIFs & mo… https://t.co/1UuVwoeXle
1 week 4 days ago
From your 56 counties, happy 128th birthday !
1 week 5 days ago
A basic schedule for the Special Session is posted, with joint hearings beginning at 10 am on Monday, November 13th: https://t.co/cfWNVio4DP
1 week 6 days ago
Governor calls for Special Legislative Session; review the revised budget cuts here: https://t.co/QC9dtwkuQ4
1 week 6 days ago
Governor calls Special Session; check out the official proclamation here: https://t.co/bLAFOpJfwv
1 week 6 days ago
Governor calls Special Session; hearings will begin Monday, November 13: https://t.co/VHAjmOZQlD
2 weeks 4 days ago
In a 5-2 ruling, Montana Supreme Court has struck down Marsy's Law, saying the initiative was unconstitutional: https://t.co/AvwOY8PzEz
5 weeks 4 days ago
RT : 2017-2018 WIR Board meets to discuss pressing issues facing Western counties https://t.co/KqlWjzyQef
6 weeks 3 days ago
Committee meeting again today: --committee recommendation possible: https://t.co/bj4QnEWGl9
6 weeks 4 days ago
Committee meeting next 2 days; today hearing & proposed reductions: https://t.co/bj4QnEWGl9
6 weeks 6 days ago
RT : I'm ordering all flags in Montana to be flown at half-staff for the victims and families of one of the deadliest sh… https://t.co/JETXKRpjI3
6 weeks 6 days ago
RT : Cmsr. Chilcott testifies Subcmte on reducing wildfire risks & improving resiliency of nat'l forests… https://t.co/z1enuYEwcQ
7 weeks 2 days ago
& Telecom. Interim Committee meeting today about , coverage in rural & more: https://t.co/hKbvwy5R5h
7 weeks 2 days ago
Thursday, the EQC met & received an update on in : costs are up to almost $400M dollars, bur… https://t.co/DaHkeKgr9J
7 weeks 3 days ago
FY 2018 Lodging Rates for have been posted on our website, effective October 1, 2017 - https://t.co/ifYpG82wlQ
7 weeks 4 days ago
Commissoner Chilcott testifying before (H) Subcom. on reducing wildfire risks & improving resiliency of ntl forests… https://t.co/PUfdL6aUVy
7 weeks 4 days ago
RT : Ravalli , Mont. Commissioner Greg Chilcott to Subcommittee https://t.co/maVAks9klJ https://t.co/81IVIxnfee
7 weeks 4 days ago
RT : Montana Cmr Chilcott preparing to testify on catastrophic wildfires https://t.co/VIyfY8V38L
7 weeks 4 days ago
Commissoner Chilcott to testify before (H) Subcom. on reducing wildfire risks & improving resiliency of ntl forests: https://t.co/7dplIZWxXI
9 weeks 2 days ago
See you Sunday at the Annual Conference in Bozeman! https://t.co/orsBHbncSv

Issue 19, Legislative Update: May 4, 2017

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

This week’s issue features information about what comes after sine die as well as the current interim study resolutions that are being polled this week. Don’t forget to check out the bills section; we’ve listed what happened over the session with MACo bills as well as bills we were watching—the MACo bills and higher priority bills include some additional information to better inform our readers.

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Venue/Location
MACo Conference Room
2715 Skyway Drive
Helena
Start Date
December 04, 2017
End Date
December 07, 2017
December 4-7, 2017
2 weeks 7 hours from now

The Montana Association of Counties, in cooperation with the Local Government Center at MSU, will present an Elected County Officials’ Orientation/Commissioner Certification program December 4th through December 7th for elected county officials, which completes the two-phase certification program. The training will be held in the MACo conference room, 2715 Skyway Drive, Helena. Registration for participants will be at the Comfort Suites, 3180 North Washington Street, on December 4th beginning at 3:00 p.m. There will be a no-host social at 5:30 p.m. at Chili’s Grill & Bar, 2790 Washington Street, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The cost of dinner is included in the registration fee. We will also have registration at the MACo office on December 5th at 7:30 a.m.

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MEMO: Courthouse Closures on Non-Legal Holidays

Contact: 
Brian Hopkins, MACo General Counsel & Personnel Services

To:  All County Elected Officials

MACo has been asked whether or not County Courthouses and County offices may be closed on the day of Christmas Eve, or the Friday after Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, Good Friday, or any other day not specified as a holiday.  For all of the County offices headed by elected officials, the short answer is No, with the notable exception of the County Commissioners’ office.

MACo PCT Regional Training Registration

Michele Puiggari will be presenting the following topics: Changes to Model Policies; Discrimination Issues and Civility; Quick overview of the ADA Interactive Process and FMLA Required Forms and Where to Find Them; Discipline: What, When, Why and How; Role and Cooperation Between Human Resources Position (Commissioner, Clerk & Recorder, Payroll, or HR Professional)  and Safety Coordinator;  and Workers' Compensation: Focusing on Coordination of Efforts and Confidentiality.  There will also be a "Question & Answer" session.  All trainings are scheduled for 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on their respective days:

  • January 25, 2018 - Kalispell  (click here to access the campus map)
    Flathead County South Campus Building #7 at 11th Street West and South Main, Conference Room, Second Floor, Southeast Corner
  • January 31, 2018 - Great Falls
    Montana Expo Park, 400 3rd Street NW
  • April 17, 2018 - Glasgow
    City-County Library, 408 3rd Avenue South
  • April 18, 2018 - Miles City
    Sleep Inn, 1006 South Haynes Avenue
  • April 19, 2018 - Billings
    Courthouse, Boardroom 403 A
  • April 20, 2018 - Butte
    Best Western Plus Butte Plaza Inn, 2900 Harrison Avenue

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

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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.

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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!

Current Issue of MACo News

MACo News: Volume 46, No. 11

IN THIS ISSUE: Read an article regarding the importance of MACo's WCT and PCT aggregate loss data, by MACo's Trust Operations Director, Jerry Spears; get an exempt wells update from the MACo PCT Land Use Attorney, Tara DePuy; learn more about FLSA in a Q and A from MACo General Counsel, Brian Hopkins, and MACo Associate General Counsel, McKenzie McCarthy; get information on the criteria to establish compensability of a work-related injury from MACo's Workers' Compensation Claims Supervisor, Wendy Sesselman; meet David Fradette, MACo's new Senior Public Safety Loss Control Specialist; be "in the know" about what is occurring on the national level with news from NACo, and more!

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Legislative Updates

July 26, 2017

The Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee filed an objection today to four proposed administrative rules relating to reimbursement rates for health care and human services providers.

Recent Announcements Affecting Counties

MACo has been asked whether or not County Courthouses and County offices may be closed on the day of Christmas Eve, or the Friday after Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, Good Friday, or any other day not specified as a holiday.  For all of the County offices headed by elected officials, the short answer is No, with the notable exception of the County Commissioners’ office.

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