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2014-2016 MACo Policy Booklet | Status of MACo Bills

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.

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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          
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          
2014-03 Clarifying Eligible Voters in Certain Elections   LC0555 Representative Tom Steenberg Clarify laws pertaining to assignment of road/street addresses Draft Request Received
2014-04 Contracting for the Confinement of Prisoners          
2014-05 County Ordinance for Compression Brakes          
2014-06 County Road Permit Fees for Oversize & Overweight Vehicles          
2014-07 Determining Legal Status of County Roads & Public Roads in Counties          
2014-08 Establish Development Agreements Under Montana Law          
2014-09 Extend Sunset on Enhanced 9-1-1 Fund Distribution          
2014-10 Funding for Control of Aquatic Invasive Species          
2014-11 Generally Revise Laws Applicable to County Government          
2014-12 Historic Road Right-of-Way Deed Purchase          
2014-13 Noxious Weed Control Funding          
2014-14 Retirees as Independent Contractors          
2014-15 State Assistance for Montana Livestock Producers to Manage
Livestock in Carnivore Country
2014-16 Wind Generation Impact Fees          

* 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.

Featured Content

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MACo Conference Room
2715 Skyway Drive
Start Date
December 01, 2014
End Date
December 04, 2014
December 1-4, 2014
4 weeks 2 days from now


The Montana Association of Counties and the Local Government Center will be providing a training session for all elected officials. This is Phase I of the commissioner certification program from December 1-4, 2014.

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Posted Date: 
October 20, 2014
Sheryl Wood, Associate Director, Montana Association of Counties

The Montana Association of Counties is seeking a full-time Associate General Counsel/Personnel Services Administrator to provide services to the Joint Powers Insurance Authority (MACo JPIA) Property and Casualty Pool.

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Posted Date: 
October 20, 2014
Sheryl Wood, Associate Director, Montana Association of Counties

The Montana Association of Counties is seeking two (2) Claims Specialists for its property and liability public entity risk sharing pool.  These positions are responsible for all functions related to adjusting, processing and settling property and liability claims.

Order Your 2014 MACo Directory Here

MACo's annual directory for 2014 is sold out.  The 2015 version will be available in February 2015.

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 43, No. 11

IN THIS ISSUE:  In this issue, read comments from MACo's President, Madison County Commissioner, Dave Schulz; get an important State Interoperability Governing Board (SIGB) update from MACo Past President, Cascade County Commissioner, Joe Briggs; read about Phillips County hosting the recent Western Interstate Region fall board meeting; find out more about the upcoming 2014 Study Commissioner Training; be "in the know" about what is occurring on the national level with news from NACo, and more!

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October 16, 2014

Public notices – the means by which government announces day-to-day activities important to citizens – are now easier than ever to find, thanks to a new statewide website supported by member newspapers of the Montana Newspaper Association (MNA).

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