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2013-2014 Interim Study Resolution Assignments

Click the link below to see a list of the Interim Study Resolutions that have been filed with the Secretary of State as well as their poll ranking.

Update: HB 258, Revise local government laws related to public notice

Posted Date: 
April 25, 2013
Contact: 
Shantil Siaperas, Legislative Coordinator, Montana Association of Counties

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We would like extend our gratitude for all of your help communicating with your Senators on House Bill 258, Revise local government laws related to public notice, a MACo-requested bill.

Update: HB 454 Passed - Thank You Montana County Elected Officials

Posted Date: 
April 23, 2013
Contact: 
Sheryl Wood, Associate Director, Montana Association of Counties

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With many thanks to all of you, we are pleased to report that HB 454, the pension funding bill, passed third reading in the House, 58-41,on Monday, April 22, 2013.

! ACTION NEEDED ! - HB 454 - Upcoming Pension Bill Vote - Contact Representatives Now

Posted Date: 
April 19, 2013
Contact: 
Sheryl Wood, Associate Director, Montana Association of Counties

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We are almost to the end, but need your help now!!!!  This could be the most important contact you make this session!

! ACTION NEEDED ! - HB 454 - Pension Bill Vote Today - Contact Senators Now

Posted Date: 
April 17, 2013
Contact: 
Sheryl Wood, Associate Director, Montana Association of Counties

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HB 454, the LAST pension funding bill still in the process, will be heard and voted on in the Senate on April 17 at 1:00.  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR NOW AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HB 454!

Pension Update: Week 12

Posted Date: 
March 28, 2013
Contact: 
Sheryl Wood, Associate Director, Montana Association of Counties

It’s been a busy week regarding pension funding bills, with action being taken quickly to meet the March 29 transmittal deadline for appropriations bills. 

! ACTION NEEDED ! - SB 19, Define Combined Appropriation for Exempt Wells

Posted Date: 
March 22, 2013
Contact: 
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties

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Senate Bill 19 - Define combined appropriations for exempt wells passed the Senate and has also passed out of House Natural Resources committee on a very close 9-7 vote.  It will likely be scheduled on the House floor for second reading next week.

SB 324, Generally revise the subdivision laws related to lease or rent requirements

Posted Date: 
March 22, 2013
Contact: 
Tara DePuy, MACo JPIA Land Use Attorney

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This bill is one of two remaining bills addressing subdivisions for rent or lease.  This bill was amended in Senate Local Government and now three or fewer lease or rentals of buildings/units are exempt upon signing of the bill but they are subject to sanitation review; that number can be increased but not decreased.  Four or more LRs are required to go through a review process and new regulations must be adopted by Sept 1, 2013.  Minimum review criteria can be expanded by super-majority vote.  LRs may be exempted from review if there is county zoning that contains the minimum review criteria.  This law would be codified in a new part in Title 76.

! ACTION NEEDED ! - HB 258, Revise local government laws related to public notice

Posted Date: 
March 21, 2013
Contact: 
Shantil Siaperas, Legislative Coordinator, Montana Association of Counties

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Please contact your Senators IMMEDIATELY regarding House Bill 258, Revise local government laws related to public notice, a MACo-requested bill.  It was revived from its “indefinite postponement” on the Senate floor and rereferred to the Senate Local Government Committee for further review and possible amendments.  The bill went through Executive Action yesterday afternoon and was amended.

SB 23, Revise Interim Zoning for County Imposed/Part 2 Zoning – 76-2-206

Posted Date: 
January 14, 2013
Contact: 
Tara DePuy, MACo JPIA Land Use Attorney

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UPDATE -- March 19, 2013 -- SB 23 was amended and then the amendments were struck by the Senate, so the version heard by the House was as heard by Senate Local Government Committee with the addition of the words “present and voting” in the super-majority vote to extend interim zoning for one year.  The bill went through Executive Action on March 7 and passed onto the House Floor on March 12, where it concurred on Second Reading, 60-40, and again on Third Reading, 58-38.  It was enrolled on March 15 and signed by the Senate President on March 19.