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Montana Districting & Apportionment Commission Public Hearing

Venue/Location
University of Montana
School of Law
Room 101
Missoula, MT
Start Date
March 13, 2012
End Date
March 13, 2012
March 13, 2012
6 years 18 weeks ago

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission will hold a series of public hearings across the state starting in Missoula on March 13.

The Missoula public hearing will start at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the School of Law at the University of Montana. The building is on the corner of Maurice Avenue and Sixth Street. An agenda and other meeting materials are available at www.leg.mt.gov/districting.

The hearings will focus on the public's reaction to several draft plans being considered by the commissioners as options to redraw Montana's 100 state House districts. Members of the public may also suggest possible pairings of the draft House districts to create state Senate districts.

Draft redistricting plans are available to view online at http://leg.mt.gov/css/Committees/interim/2011-2012/districting/maps.asp. Because there will be a limited supply of printed copies of the draft plans available at the hearing, members of the public who wish to comment are strongly encouraged to look at the maps beforehand.

The commissioners accept and encourage written comments on the drafts, especially for those who are not able to attend the hearing. Comments will be copied and distributed to all commissioners and become part of the permanent public record. Comments can be sent to the commission using the following contact information:

By Mail
Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission
PO Box 201706
Helena, MT 59620-1706

By E-mail
districting@mt.gov

By Fax
406-444-3036

Several commissioners will also meet with law students and faculty at the School of Law at 4 p.m. for a conversation on redistricting. While the session is open to the public, it is designed to provide information to the law school community. The commissioners will not be taking public comment. Anyone wanting to provide comment on draft plans should attend the 7 p.m. public hearing or send the commissioners written comments.

More information on the public hearing, the commission, the full hearing schedule, and the draft plans is available at www.leg.mt.gov/districting.

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Montana Districting & Apportionment Commission Public Hearing

Venue/Location
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Council Chambers
Tribal Complex
42487 Complex Boulevard
Pablo, MT
Start Date
March 14, 2012
End Date
March 14, 2012
March 14, 2012
6 years 18 weeks ago

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission will hold a public hearing in Pablo on Wednesday, March 14.

The public hearing will start at 1 p.m. in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council Chambers. The Chambers are located at the Tribal Complex at 42487 Complex Boulevard.

Agendas and other meeting materials are available at www.leg.mt.gov/districting.
The hearing is designed to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on several draft plans being considered by the commissioners as options to redraw Montana's 100 state House districts. Members of the public may also suggest possible pairings of the draft House districts to create state Senate districts.

Draft redistricting plans are available to view online at http://leg.mt.gov/css/Committees/interim/2011-2012/districting/maps.asp. Because there will be a limited supply of printed copies of the draft plans available at the hearing, members of the public who wish to comment are strongly encouraged to look at the maps beforehand.

The commissioners also accept and encourage written comments on the drafts, especially for those who are not able to attend the hearing. Comments will be copied and distributed to all commissioners and become part of the permanent public record. Comments can be sent to the commission using the following contact information:

By Mail
Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission
PO Box 201706
Helena, MT 59620-1706

By E-mail
districting@mt.gov

By Fax
406-444-3036

More information on the public hearing, the commission, and the draft plans is available at www.leg.mt.gov/districting.

The full hearing schedule can be accessed as a pdf document here: http://leg.mt.gov/content/Committees/Interim/2011-2012/Districting/Meeting-Documents/2053RWXA-2012-meeting-schedule.pdf

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Montana Districting & Apportionment Commission Public Hearing

Venue/Location
Red Lion Hotel
Ballroom B
20 North Main Street
Kalispell, MT
Start Date
March 14, 2012
End Date
March 14, 2012
March 14, 2012
6 years 18 weeks ago

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission will hold a public hearing in Kalispell on Wednesday, March 14.

The public hearing will start at 7 p.m. in Ballroom B at the Red Lion Hotel. The hotel is at 20 North Main Street.

Agendas and other meeting materials are available at www.leg.mt.gov/districting.
The hearing is designed to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on several draft plans being considered by the commissioners as options to redraw Montana's 100 state House districts. Members of the public may also suggest possible pairings of the draft House districts to create state Senate districts.

Draft redistricting plans are available to view online at http://leg.mt.gov/css/Committees/interim/2011-2012/districting/maps.asp. Because there will be a limited supply of printed copies of the draft plans available at the hearing, members of the public who wish to comment are strongly encouraged to look at the maps beforehand.

The commissioners also accept and encourage written comments on the drafts, especially for those who are not able to attend the hearing. Comments will be copied and distributed to all commissioners and become part of the permanent public record. Comments can be sent to the commission using the following contact information:

By Mail
Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission
PO Box 201706
Helena, MT 59620-1706

By E-mail
districting@mt.gov

By Fax
406-444-3036

More information on the public hearing, the commission, and the draft plans is available at www.leg.mt.gov/districting.

The full hearing schedule can be accessed as a pdf document here: http://leg.mt.gov/content/Committees/Interim/2011-2012/Districting/Meeting-Documents/2053RWXA-2012-meeting-schedule.pdf

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Legislative Council Meeting

Venue/Location
State Capitol
Room 102 (March 7)
Room 137 (March 8)
Helena, MT
Start Date
March 07, 2012
End Date
March 08, 2012
March 7-8, 2012
6 years 19 weeks ago

The Legislative Council will meet at 9 a.m. on March 7, 2012, in Room 102 of the Capitol Building. The Legislative Security Subcommittee will meet over the lunch hour on March 7 in Room 102.  The Rules Subcommittee will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on March 8, 2012, in Room 137 of the Capitol Building.

Full Council agenda items include: a litigation and administrative proceedings update, a presentation on the legal review of bills, and discussions on the revenue roundtable initiatives, 2013 session matters, and the Council's strategic planning initiatives.  Potential action items include: options for legislative security, setting of caucus and orientation dates prior to next session, and adoption of a tentative 2013 legislative calendar.

The Legislative Council is a 12-member legislative committee composed of Leadership and other legislators who administer the Legislative Services Division and provide ongoing leadership, direction, and foresight for the efficient operation and improvement of the Legislative Branch.  Senator Carol Williams is the Presiding Officer and Representative Mike Milburn is the Vice Presiding Officer.

For more information or to view agendas, minutes, and meeting materials, please visit the Legislative Council's website leg.mt.gov/legcouncil, or contact Susan Byorth Fox at (406) 444-3066 or sfox@mt.gov.

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Legislative Finance Committee Meeting

Venue/Location
State Capitol
Room 102
Helena, MT
Start Date
March 08, 2012
End Date
March 09, 2012
March 8-9, 2012
6 years 19 weeks ago

The next Legislative Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for March 8-9.

The Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) is a permanent joint committee of the Montana Legislature. To find out how vacancies are filled, what the powers and duties of the committee are, and other details associated with the Legislative Finance Committee, see the Montana Code Annotated, Title 5,Chapter 12, Part 2.

The Legislative Finance Committee meets during the interim between sessions to review fiscal issues. Meeting agendas, minutes, and reports will be added to this page as they become available. Events that are not official Legislative Finance Committee meetings may occur.

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Select Committee on Efficiency in Government Meeting

Venue/Location
State Capitol
Room 102
Helena, MT
Start Date
March 01, 2012
End Date
March 01, 2012
March 1, 2012
6 years 20 weeks ago

The Select Committee on Efficiency in Government, commissioned by the 2011 Legislature to seek to identify and implement efficiencies in state government programs and processes, will meet Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Room 102 of the State Capitol in Helena. The general topics of discussion will include ways to implement or enhance government efficiency and effectiveness in three public policy areas:

  • health care, including Medicaid;
  • technology; and
  • natural resources.

Beginning at 8 a.m., the Subcommittee on Natural Resources will hear from Mr. Jason Mohr, LSD Research Analyst, on "Stakeholder Outreach: What it is? What we received Where does the Subcommittee want to go from here?" Mr. Mohr will also discuss funding mechanism for "file transfer services" and the Information Technology Services Division's proprietary rates. Ms. Barbara Smith, LFD Fiscal Specialist, will brief the Subcommittee on natural resources and "cloud" computing, electronic signatures, and submission of information through electronic means. The Subcommittee will discuss its work plan and make recommendations to the full Committee. Sen. Jim Keane, D-Butte, chairs the Subcommittee and is joined by Sens. Ed Buttrey, R-Great Falls, and Ed Walker, R-Billings, and Reps. Ron Ehli, R-Hamilton, Galen Hollenbaugh, D-Helena, and Kathleen Williams, D-Bozeman.

At 9:45 a.m., Sen. Jon Sonju, R-Kalispell, will convene the full Select Committee, at which time the Committee will receive the responses from the Department of Public Health and Human Services on outcome-based contracting and on planning and implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Subsequently, Jani McCall, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, will present an overview of a "Pay-for-Performance Mental Health Services Model".

After a break for lunch, the Committee reconvenes at 1 p.m. for a panel on "Information Technology and Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers". Panel invitees include Mr. Bill Squires, Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative and Mr. David Gibson, 3 Rivers Communications.

The bulk of the afternoon will be comprised of reports from legislative staff and state Information Technology Services Division staff. Topics of the reports to be made by Ms. Barbara Smith, LFD, include:

  • Cost-benefit analysis of the Northern Tier Network and the migration of the University System into the state data centers
  • Support for continued migration of state agencies to the State’s data centers, including MPERA, TRS, State Fund, DOJ, etc.
  • Overview/review of Statewide IT Strategic Plan
  • List of state statutes and administrative rules that require a "wet" signature.
  • List of statutes and administrative rules that require a physical piece of paper to be submitted or retained as the official record.
  • List of statutory limitations regarding on-site storage of records for local governments.

Topics of the reports to be made by Mr. Dick Clark, State Chief Information Officer, ITSD, include:

  • Multi-state purchasing solutions and the state’s experience with the current GIS multi-state procurement
  • State IT plan to provide adequate bandwidth for a stable, predictable, and affordable statewide network, including middle-mile connectivity

The public will be given an opportunity to speak to the Subcommittee and Committee during each meeting component. Written comments are recommended but not required.

The Subcommittee's and full Committee's meeting agendas are available at the Committee's Web site, www.leg.mt.gov/sceg. Other meeting materials are posted to the site as they become available.

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Environmental Quality Council Meeting

Venue/Location
State Capitol
Room 172
Helena, MT
Start Date
March 07, 2012
End Date
March 08, 2012
March 7-8, 2012
6 years 19 weeks ago

The Environmental Quality Council will hold its next meeting on March 7 and 8, 2012, in room 172 of the State Capitol.

As noted in the agenda, topics that will be discussed include:

  • the HJR 32 study of state parks, recreation and outdoor programs,
  • public uses of eminent domain and a HB 198 litigation update,
  • an ongoing review of statutorily-required agency reports and advisory councils, and
  • an update on wolf management in Montana.

Please note, the meeting begins on March 7 at 1:00 p.m. For those unable to attend, the proceedings will be live-streamed on March 7 and 8, then posted on the EQC meeting page.

If you have questions, contact Joe Kolman at jkolman@mt.gov or 444-3747; Hope Stockwell at hstockwell@mt.gov or 444-9280; or Sonja Nowakowski at 444-3078 or snowakowski@mt.gov.

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Water Policy Interim Committee Meeting

Venue/Location
State Capitol
Room 172
Helena, MT
Start Date
March 06, 2012
End Date
March 06, 2012
March 6, 2012
6 years 19 weeks ago

The Water Policy Interim Committee will hold its next meeting on March 6, 2012, in room 172 of the State Capitol.

As noted in the agenda, the Committee will discuss water adjudication, the Ground Water Investigation Program, two water-related court cases, and potential legislative solutions to the issue of exempt wells required by House Bill No. 602.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the WPIC Staff: Joe Kolman at jkolman@mt.gov or 444-3747 or Helen Thigpen at hthigpen@mt.gov or 444-3804.

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Montana Districting & Apportionment Commission Meeting

Venue/Location
Room 152
State Capitol
Helena, MT
Start Date
February 17, 2012
End Date
February 17, 2012
February 17, 2012
6 years 22 weeks ago

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission will meet Friday, February 17 to begin consideration of draft plans for redrawing the boundaries of the state’s legislative districts.

The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. in Room 102 of the State Capitol in Helena.
The five citizen members, appointed by leaders of the Legislature and the Supreme Court, will view plans drawn by commission staff at the direction of the commissioners and also any created by individual commissioners or other citizens or organizations. All plans must contain 100 house districts and follow the criteria previously set out by the commission to guide its work. Anyone wishing to present a complete plan to the commission for it to consider at the meeting must contact commission staff before February 10.

Initial draft plans for possible ways to redraw Montana's legislative districts are now posted online at the website of the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission. The website is www.leg.mt.gov/districting. The commission is required to redraw legislative district lines after each decennial Census.

The plans were drafted by commission staff at the request of the five citizen commissioners. Each plan reflects one of four themes outlined by the commissioners at their July 2011 meeting. The commission will hear more about the plans at its upcoming February 17 meeting in Helena.

Also posted online are the agenda for the meeting and additional materials, including:

  • a one-page document on how to provide public comment on maps to the commissioners; and
  • the draft public hearing schedule for 2012. Please note all dates, times, and locations are tentative and subject to the approval of the commission at the February meeting.
    • To be held in towns across Montana in the spring. The legislative plan is scheduled for adoption in 2013 and will take effect for the 2014 election cycle.

The February 17 meeting is open to the public and will also be streamed live on the internet at www.leg.mt.gov and broadcast on the Legislature’s public access television network, TVMT. To view a list of TVMT channels, visit www.leg.mt.gov/tvmt.

Public comment on redistricting is always welcome. All comments are copied and distributed to all five commissioners and become part of the permanent public record. To contact the commission, use the information below.

By Mail:
Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission
PO Box 201706
Helena, MT 59620-1706

By E-mail:
districting@mt.gov

By Fax:
406-444-3036

More information on the commission and its work is available at www.leg.mt.gov/districting.

Staff Contacts:
Rachel Weiss, 406-444-5367
Joe Kolman, 406-444-3747

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SAVA Conference Call - CANCELED

Venue/Location
Room 172
State Capitol
Start Date
February 02, 2012
End Date
February 02, 2012
February 2, 2012
6 years 24 weeks ago

The State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee will meet in a conference call on Thursday, February 2 at 8:30 am. The call will originate in Room 172 of the Capitol building.

The conference call is to discuss a request by Senate President Jim Peterson at the Friday, January 27 SAVA meeting. Peterson requested the committee ask the Department of Administration not to delete any files from the computer of the former Commissioner of Political Practices.

Contact committee staff Megan Moore at (406) 444-4496 or memoore@mt.gov with any questions.

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