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Senate Bill 157, Generally Revise Tax Reappraisal Laws

Establishes a Two-Year Reappraisal Cycle
Posted Date: 
May 1, 2016 (Updated June 3, 2015)

Senate Bill 157, Generally revise tax reappraisal laws, was signed into law on April 29, 2015.  The effective date of the bill was on passage and approval, however its applicability date was retroactive to January 1, 2015, which means its provisions will apply to the current 2015 tax year so will apply to Fiscal Year 2016 levies and tax determinations.

! ACTION NEEDED ! HB 182 - Contact Representatives & URGE Opposition

Posted Date: 
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.

Understanding Energy in Montana

Posted Date: 
August 7, 2014
Contact: 
Sonja Nowakowski, Research Analyst, Legislative Environmental Policy Office, Montana State Legislature

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) has just released a publication to assist the public in learning about energy issues in Montana.

Energy & Telecommunications Interim Committee Request for Comment

Posted Date: 
July 23, 2014
Contact: 
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.

Legislative Fiscal Division Chart - Digital Academy

Posted Date: 
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.

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New Report: A Citizen's Guide to Montana Energy Law

Posted Date: 
June 26, 2014
Contact: 
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.

Legislative Fiscal Division Chart - K-12 Graduation Rates

Posted Date: 
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.

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Legislative Fiscal Division Chart - K-12 Enrollments

Posted Date: 
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.

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Legislative Fiscal Division Chart - 4-Year Post-Secondary Tuition Fees

Posted Date: 
June 11, 2014

This week's chart shows the average tuition and mandatory fees per semester for full-time equivalent students (lower division) at 4 year post-secondary institutions in Montana.  To see the chart, follow the link below.

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Legislative Fiscal Division Chart - 2-Year University Enrollments

Posted Date: 
May 28, 2014

The Legislative Fiscal Division has published new pie charts on Montana's public 2-Year postsecondary school enrollments that show FY 2004 and FY 2014 and the changes for each school.  To see the chart, follow the link below.

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