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Economic Affairs Committee Interim Committee Sets Meeting Schedule


Posted Date: 
September 2, 2015
Contact: 
Pat Murdo, EAIC Staffer, Research Analyst

The Economic Affairs Interim Committee at its August 31-September 1 meeting confirmed its meeting schedule for the next 12 months and added topics to the two studies the members will have under consideration. Added topics are broadband affordability and accessibility in Montana and economic development in general.

The committee also asked that an objection to a rule related to dry needling by physical therapists be continued until the committee's next meeting so that more work could be done on the rule in relation to acupuncturists' concerns.

At the EAIC's December 1-2 meeting members will continue the studies of the costs of professional and occupational licensing boards and of air ambulances plus hear from the Division of Banking and Financial Institutions, Montana State Fund, and the Board of Livestock.

On February 4-5, 2016, the committee will hear from the State Auditor's Office, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Livestock plus further explore broadband topics and economic development efforts in general.

Follow-up sessions on economic development and broadband will be on the April 20, 2016 agenda as will more information on air ambulances as related to insurance.

The June 23, 2016, meeting will feature air ambulance discussions plus Montana State Fund's budget review. The committee will wrap up work on any legislation the committee may propose earlier in the interim.

The final meeting of the interim will be August 30-31, 2016, at which the agencies that report to the EAIC will present their proposed legislation for early drafting. Various reports also will be on the agenda along with a status update of the Department of Livestock's structural balance in its budget.

For more information, visit the work plan on the EAIC website or contact committee staff at pmurdo@mt.gov.

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