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ELG Interim Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Leanne Kurtz, Committee Staff

The Education and Local Government Interim Committee covered a wide range of topics during its final meeting of the 2010-2011 interim on Sept. 13.

Economic Affairs Interim Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Pat Murdo, Committee Staff

In wrapping up its 2011-2012 interim last month, the Economic Affairs Interim Committee approved three committee bills for introduction in the 2013 Legislature. Two of the bills affect the committee’s work flow in the future, while the third would require workers’ compensation for volunteer fire fighters and provide a funding mechanism for the coverage.

Districting & Apportionment Commission October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Contact: 
Districting & Apportionment Commission, Legislative Services Division

Although the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission made giant strides toward completing a legislative redistricting plan when it tentatively adopted 100 state House districts in August, it still has work to do. So the commission will meet again at least once in each remaining month of 2012.

Looking Ahead: Fiscal Issues Facing the 63rd Legislature

Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012
Contact: 
Barb Smith, Assistant Principal Fiscal Analyst

In the fiscal world, the books have been closed for fiscal year 2012 and the budgeting process for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 has begun. When the curtain goes up on the 63rd Legislature, fiscal issues such as large immediate costs from fires, small fiscal notes attached to legislation, economic conditions, federal funding changes, and everything in between will be on the legislative agenda.

SAVA Interim Committee September Update

Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012
Contact: 
Sheri Scurr, Committee Staff

The State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs Interim Committee voted last month to develop three committee bill drafts, in concert with the Legislative Finance Committee and the Governor’s Office. The drafts initially will embody the governor’s proposals to fix the estimated $100 million a year shortfall in funding for the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).

Revenue &Transportation Interim Committee September Update

Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012
Contact: 
Megan Moore, Committee Staff

The Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee will meet Sept. 13-14 in Helena to receive a fiscal year-end summary, hear information related to the committee’s revenue estimating duties, and wrap up of work on the three studies assigned to the committee. Members also will review agency requested bill drafts and committee-requested bill drafts.

Legislative Audit Committee September Update

Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012

The Legislative Audit Division was recently awarded a Certificate of Impact from the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) for its work on Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registry. The registry is the state’s primary database of offender information, with approximately 5,000 sexual or violent offenders registered. The information systems audit reviewed controls over the registry and made five recommendations to the Department of Justice in the areas of access, change management, and data integrity.

Energy & Telecommunications Committee September Update

Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012
Contact: 
Sonja Nowakowski, Committee Staff

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee will wrap up Sept. 7 and decide whether to pursue legislation related to increased oversight of rural electric cooperatives and changes to Montana’s renewable portfolio standard.

ELG Interim Committee September Update

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

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.

Economic Affairs Interim Committee September Update

Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012
Contact: 
Pat Murdo, Committee Staff

The Sept. 11 meeting of the Economic Affairs Interim Committee will feature reviews of two studies undertaken by the committee this interim: one on health insurance exchanges and another on professional and occupational licensing boards.