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).

No Hearings Scheduled
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
The Montana Senate and House of Representatives motioned to Sine Die on April 28, 2015.  The 64th Legislative Session has officially come to an end.



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 Chapter Number Assigned
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 Chapter Number Assigned
2014-03 Clarifying Eligible Voters in Certain Elections SB119 LC1013 Senator Doug Kary Clarify eligible voters in certain elections Chapter Number Assigned
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 SJ20 LC2349 Bruce Tutvedt Interim study on historic road right-of-way acquisition (S) Filed with Secretary of State
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 Chapter Number Assigned
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 (S) Transmitted to Governor
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) Transmitted to Governor
2014-16 Wind Generation Impact Fees SB111 LC1332 Senator Duane Ankney Clarify wind generation facility impact fee for local governmental units Chapter Number Assigned

* 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 18, Legislative Update: April 28, 2015

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

This week’s issue features a piece wrapping up the final day of the session (April 28th) as well as what’s next and a list of possible Interim studies, 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

June 17, 2015
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks – Wildlife Division

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a statewide bison conservation and management Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that evaluates opportunities for bison restoration somewhere in Montana.  The EIS considers four alternatives, one of which is a no action alternative. Three alternatives evaluate broad scenarios for bison restoration on different types of land, i.e., private, public or tribal, and at different herd size scales.

June 4, 2015
Rachel Weiss, Research Analyst, Law & Justice Interim Committee Staffer

Webpages are now available for three entities established by the 2015 Legislature to study various aspects of the criminal justice system, including the Judicial Redistricting Commission, Task Force on State Public Defender Operations, and the Commission on Sentencing.

May 29, 2015

Publication of The Interim, the monthly newsletter of legislative activities, has resumed. The June 2015 issue is now available online. Click the link below to access the newsletter.

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).

Featured Content

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April 15, 2015

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is pleased to announce funds in the County Matching Grant Program for Crisis Intervention and Jail Diversion for Fiscal Year 2016. Grant funds may be dedicated to new initiatives not previously supported, as well as expansion of existing projects.  The complete grant application deadline is by 5:00 p.m. on Friday July 31, 2015.

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The 2015 Montana Association of Counties Directory of County Officials is available 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.

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MACo committee assignments for 2014-2015.

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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.

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 44, No. 6

IN THIS ISSUE:  In this issue, read some important comments from Lesley Robinson, Phillips County Commissioner, on her year as the Western Interstate Region (WIR) President; read about Mike Murray, Lewis & Clark County Commissioner, receiving the Dale Sowards Award; get an exempt well update (part 2 of 2) from MACo JPIA Land Use Attorney, Tara DePuy; check out the latest information regarding the FY2016 County Matching Grant Program for Crisis Intervention and Jail Diversion; 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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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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