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Water Policy Interim Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Kolman, Committee Staff

The Water Policy Interim Committee is proposing three bills to the 2013 Legislature, including two that address the long-running controversy over water wells that are exempt from permitting.

State-Tribal Relations Interim Committee October Update

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

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.

Select Committee on Efficiency in Government October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Dave Bohyer, Committee Staff

The Select Committee on Efficiency in Government heard information on state budgeting processes when it met in September. The committee also approved two proposals related to funding of certain Medicaid mental health services.

Revenue &Transportation Interim Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Megan Moore, Committee Staff

The Revenue and Transportation wrapped up much of its interim work at its Sept. 13-14 meeting, including accepting the final report on the House Joint Resolution 13 study of the individual income tax. The reports for the Senate Joint Resolution 17 study of centrally assessed and industrial property and the SJR 23 study of tax exemptions for nonprofits will be updated to reflect actions at the September meeting and then considered by the committee in November.

Legislative Finance Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Amy Carlson, Legislative Fiscal Analyst

The Pew Center on the States and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation recently joined forces to offer assistance to states examining options for comprehensive pension reform. Montana legislative leadership requested assistance from the foundations in evaluating the issues surrounding Montana public pension plans and was recently notified of acceptance.

Legislative Council October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Susan Byorth Fox, Executive Director, Legislative Services Division

The Legislative Council continued to plan for the upcoming legislative session when it met in late August.

Legislative Audit Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012

The Legislative Audit Committee will meet Oct. 26 in Helena to review recent audits of state programs and services. The Legislative Audit Division anticipates reports on the following topics.

Law & Justice Interim Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Dave Bohyer, Committee Staff

The Law and Justice Interim Committee completed its work for the 2011-12 interim on Sept. 7, after recommending 17 bills for introduction in the 2013 Legislature. The bills stem from the committee’s Senate Joint Resolution 29 study of restorative justice, its review of statutorily required advisory councils and reports, and its discussion of topics raised by members.

Environmental Quality Council October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Kolman & Hope Stockwell, Committee Staff

After a year’s worth of study, the Environmental Quality Council gave final approval on Sept.12 to a bill draft that would change the way state parks and certain recreational programs are administered in Montana.

Energy & Telecommunications Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Sonja Nowakowski, Committee Staff

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee will bring three pieces of legislation before the 2013 Montana Legislature.