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2013-2014 Interim Committees

During each legislative session, legislators identify issues they want to study in more depth. They appoint interim committees to conduct these and other studies during the interims between sessions. The House and Senate leadership decides on who will be on the interim committees for the interim. Therefore, the members of the interim committees serve one 20 month term. The committees often invite experts to present information to them. Members of the public also get a chance to have their say.

!ACTION NEEDED! - HB 218 Veto Override - Contact Your Senators & Representatives NOW

Posted Date: 
May 15, 2013
Contact: 
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Fiscal Note  |  Veto Letter  |  Additional Information

Attention Montana Elected Officials:  Please contact your Senators and Representatives IMMEDIATELY regarding House Bill 218 and urge them to vote yes on the veto override ballot and return it as soon as possible. In the links above you will find the bill, fiscal note, and the Governor’s veto letter.

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.