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, March 30
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
9:00 AM 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
3:00 PM 137 SB 345 Revise process for adoption of accreditation standards Elsie Arntzen  (R) SD 26
3:00 PM 152 SB 148 Provide for the welfare fraud prevention act Cary Smith  (R) SD 27
3:00 PM 172 SB 47 Increase assessments on owners of classified forest land JP Pomnichowski  (D) SD 33
3:00 PM 455 HJ 24 Interim study of transportation infrastructure Willis Curdy  (D) HD 98
3:00 PM 422 HB 322 Create education savings accounts for children with disabilities Donald W Jones  (R) HD 46
3:00 PM 303 HB 519 Generally revise exempt well laws Carl Glimm  (R) HD 6
3:00 PM 335 HB 483 Raising pension benefit in VFCA Ed Lieser  (D) HD 5
5:00 PM 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
Tuesday, March 31
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 455 HB 639 Constitutional amendment to revise term limits Ellie Boldman Hill  (D) HD 90
8:00 AM 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
9:00 AM 303 HB 89 Generally revise human trafficking laws Kimberly Dudik  (D) HD 94
10:00 AM 422 HB 223 Revise cost of death certificates and use for funding board of funeral service Christy Clark  (R) HD 17
3:00 PM 317 HJ 7 Study next-generation 9-1-1 Tom Steenberg  (D) HD 99
5:00 PM 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
Wednesday, April 1
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM 422 HB 78 Clarify vehicle owner's privacy rights for event data recorders Ryan Lynch  (D) HD 76
3:00 PM 172 SB 353 Constitutional referendum to divert coal trust and create Build Montana program Rick Ripley  (R) SD 10
3:00 PM 172 SB 354 Create infrastructure funding program Rick Ripley  (R) SD 10
Thursday, April 2
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
10:00 AM 422 HB 546 Revise nonprofit casino night laws for county fairs Nicholas Schwaderer  (R) HD 14
Friday, April 3
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
Break -- No Hearings Scheduled


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) Scheduled for 3rd Reading
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) Signed by Governor
2014-03 Clarifying Eligible Voters in Certain Elections SB119 LC1013 Senator Doug Kary Clarify eligible voters in certain elections (S) Transmitted to Governor
2014-04 Contracting for the Confinement of Prisoners -- -- -- -- --
2014-05 County Ordinance for Compression Brakes HB534 LC1433 Representative Kirk Wagoner Establish of county laws for compression brake usage (H) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
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 Chapter Number Assigned
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 HB334 LC0770 Representative Rob Cook Generally revise laws applicable to county government (S) Returned to House with Amendments
2014-12 Historic Road Right-of-Way Deed Purchase SB229 LC1974 Senator Bruce Tutvedt Extend historic county road or utility right-of-way application dates (H) Committee Report--Bill Concurred -- (H) Natural Resources
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) Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal*
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) Scheduled for 3rd Reading
2014-16 Wind Generation Impact Fees SB111 LC1332 Senator Duane Ankney Clarify wind generation facility impact fee for local governmental units (S) Signed by Governor

* 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 14, Legislative Update: March 27, 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

January 28, 2015

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UPDATE:  HB 182 died on the House Floor today on a 41-59 vote during its second Third Reading after being revived January 28 on a 54-46 vote.

Please contact your Representatives IMMEDIATELY regarding HB 182, Require that zoning be adopted before use of land can be regulated (carried by Representative Forrest Mandeville).  It was revived on the House Floor today on 54-46 vote (click link to see how your Representative voted) after it had died yesterday on a 50-50 vote  (click link to see how your Representative voted) on third reading.   HB 182 will again have a third reading tomorrow (Thursday, January 29), so we need to act fast.

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).

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.

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MACo News: Volume 44, No. 3

IN THIS ISSUE:  In this issue, read some important comments from MACo President, Madison County Commissioner, Dave Schulz; find out more about who won MACo's 2015 Risk Management Awards; read the most recent WIR/Public Lands report; check out the JAG report; 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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