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Legislative Fiscal Report for the 2013 Session

Posted Date: 
June 25, 2013

The Legislative Fiscal Division (LFD) has completed the Legislative Fiscal Report for the 2013 Session.  All four volumes are available on the  Montana Legislature website.  Printed versions of the Legislative Fiscal Report will be available in limited quantities at the end of July.  If you would like a printed set, please call the LFD office at 444-2986 after July 22.

Click Here to Access the Report

Update: HB 218 Veto Override

Posted Date: 
June 11, 2012
Contact: 
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties

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

House Bill 218,  which would have created a new program to be administered by the Department of Commerce to provide grants to local governments for oil and gas impact projects, failed in its veto-override attempt.

Legislative Audit Committee Meets June 13

Posted Date: 
June 3, 2013
Contact: 
Tori Hunthausen, Legislative Auditor, Committee Staff

The Legislative Audit Committee is meeting June 13 at the Capitol in Helena to review recent audits of state programs and services. Twelve legislators serve on this administrative committee.

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

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

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

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

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

Read the Bill:  HTML  |  PDF  |  Additional Information

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!