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ELG Interim Committee September Update


Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012
Contact: 
Leanne Kurtz, Committee Staff

Wide Range of Topics Slated for Final ELG Meeting

The Education and Local Government Interim Committee will hold its final meeting of the 2011-2012 interim on Sept. 13, with an agenda that runs the gamut of ELG’s subject area jurisdiction.

Items related to K-12 education will include a report from the Legislative Fiscal Division’s Jim Standaert on school district general funds and the components of Senate Bill 329, which instituted significant changes to K-12 funding and policy statutes. The committee also will discuss and hear public comment on Common Core and Chapter 55 Accreditation Standards, which the Board of Public Education is in the process of adopting. Members also will discuss the associated costs of implementation that are estimated to be borne by school districts.

The State Historic Preservation Officer will report on the condition and maintenance of state agency-owned heritage properties. The report will provide an overview of the process that the Historic Preservation Office, the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the agencies used in order to comply with the requirements of Senate Bill 3, which was enacted in 2011. That bill resulted from the ELG’s House Joint Resolution 32 study of historic preservation during the 2009-2010 interim. One of the consistent themes heard during the HJR 32 study involved the absence of consistent formalized reporting of and accounting for state-owned heritage properties. ELG, through its request of SB 3 at the conclusion of the study, sought to establish that consistency.

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Leanne Kurtz | 406-444-3064 | lekurtz@mt.gov