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State-Tribal Relations Interim Committee October Update


Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Casey Barrs, Committee Staff

State-Tribal Panel Approves Bill, Letters

At its final meeting on Sept. 7, the State-Tribal Relations Interim Committee approved a bill for the 2013 legislative session and agreed to send letters to federal and state officials on three different topics.

The committee discussed two potential legislative proposals related to tribal involvement in state actions affecting tribes and approved one of the bills for introduction in the 2013 Legislature.

LC 5544 would have addressed the process of consulting tribes about heritage properties that might be substantially impacted by state actions or actions assisted or licensed by the state. The committee chose not to act on the bill, but did approve LC6543 to amend the guiding principles for developing or putting in place policies or administrative rules that have tribal implications.

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Casey Barrs | cbarrs@mt.gov | 406-444-3957