Happenings on the Hill: Updates from Montana's Capitol

Hearing Schedule | Status of MACo Bills | Policy Booklet

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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).

Thursday, March 5
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
10:00 AM 152 HB 471 Revise local government property tax cap laws Rob Cook  (R) HD 18
10:00 AM 303 HB 204 Revising laws relating to liability waivers and releases Greg Hertz  (R) HD 12
11:00 AM 172 SB 119 Clarify eligible voters in certain local government elections
**MACo Bill
Douglas (Doug) Kary  (R) SD 22
3:00 PM 172 HB 430 Provide for an interim judicial redistricting commission Steve Fitzpatrick  (R) HD 20
3:00 PM 335 HB 194 Revise bison laws Alan Redfield  (R) HD 59
3:00 PM 317 HB 196 Revise laws regarding mutual aid frequency coordination Pat Noonan  (D) HD 74
3:00 PM 405 HB 375 Revise motor vehicle minimum liability insurance laws Steve Lavin  (R) HD 8
3:00 PM 405 HB 414 Generally revise vehicle license laws Mike Lang  (R) HD 33
3:00 PM 405 HJ 10 Interim study on passenger rail Ellie Boldman Hill  (D) HD 90
Friday, March 6
Time Room Bill No. Short Title Sponsor
8:00 AM 137 HB 427 Appropriate funds to defend state based water rights Bob Brown  (R) HD 13
8:00 AM 152 HB 420 Revise oil and gas tax rates and increase distributions to local governments Mary Ann Dunwell  (D) HD 84
8:00 AM 317 HB 24 Appropriate money for state-run mental health group home Casey Schreiner  (D) HD 25
8:00 AM 317 HB 33 Appropriate money for new or expanded mental health crisis intervention Ron Ehli  (R) HD 86
8:00 AM 317 HB 34 Appropriate money for additional secure psychiatric detention beds Ron Ehli  (R) HD 86
8:00 AM 317 HB 35 Appropriate money for short-term voluntary mental health treatment Ron Ehli  (R) HD 86
8:00 AM 317 HB 47 Appropriate money for youth crisis diversion pilot projects Carolyn Pease-Lopez  (D) HD 42
8:30 AM 172 SB 241 Provide statewide uniformity regarding wages/benefits for political subdivisions Roger Webb  (R) SD 23
9:00 AM 303 HB 466 Authorize state to be reimbursed for extradition costs as part of restitution Mike Miller  (R) HD 80
3:00 PM 472 SB 249 Generally revise energy performance contracting laws Jill Cohenour  (D) SD 42
3:00 PM 303 HB 249 Create Healthy Montana Act to expand health care coverage to certain Montanans Pat Noonan  (D) HD 74
3:00 PM 172 HB 496 Establish public lands task force Kerry White  (R) HD 64

 

Download a daily hearing schedule here

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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 HB193 LC1350 Representative Daniel Salomon Revise board of adjustment appeal process related to county zoning (S) Committee Executive Action--Bill Concurred as Amended -- (S) Local Government
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 (S) Committee Report--
Bill Concurred--
(S) Local Government
2014-03 Clarifying Eligible Voters in Certain Elections SB 119 LC1013 Senator Doug Kary Clarify eligible voters in certain elections (H) Referred to Committee --
(H) Business and Labor
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) Tabled in Committee* -- (H) Transportation
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) Signed by Governor
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 (H) 3rd Reading Passed
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) Referred to Committee -- (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) Tabled in 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 (S) Hearing -- (S) Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
02/19/2015; 3:00 PM, Rm 335
2014-16 Wind Generation Impact Fees SB111 LC1332 Senator Duane Ankney Clarify wind generation facility impact fee for local governmental units (H) Committee Report--Bill Concurred -- (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 10, Legislative Update: February 28, 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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