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Opportunity for Public Comment - Draft EIS - Bison Conservation & Management in Montana

Posted Date: 
June 17, 2015
Contact: 
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.

Webpages & Electronic Updates for Criminal Justice-Related Study Commissions

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2015
Contact: 
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.

First Issue of 2015-2016 Interim Newsletter Now Online

Posted Date: 
May 29, 2015

Publication of The Interim, the monthly newsletter of legislative activities, has resumed. The June 2015 issue is now available online. The newsletter contains information on:

  • appointment of legislators to interim committees;
  • assignment of interim studies to the various committees; and
  • upcoming meetings of the interim committees.

Earlier issues of the newsletter -- dating back to 2001 -- are available on the Interim Newsletter page.

Click Here to Download this Issue of the Interim Newsletter

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

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

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.

Click Here to View the Chart

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.

Click Here to View the Chart