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SAVA Interim Committee June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Sheri Scurr, Committee Staff

The State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee meets June 11-12 to consider state agency legislative proposals, conduct the House Bill 142 review of statutory advisory councils and required reports, and review various "test proposals" for dealing with unfunded liabilities in the public retirement systems.

Select Committee on Efficiency in Government June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Dave Bohyer, Committee Staff

The Select Committee on Efficiency in Government met May 14-15, at the Capitol in Helena. The committee has been looking at ways to improve government efficiency and effectiveness in health care, including Medicaid; information technology; and natural resources.

Revenue &Transportation Interim Committee June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Megan Moore, Committee Staff

In April, the Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee decided to wrap up the House Joint Resolution 13 study of simplifying individual income taxes and the Senate Joint Resolution 23 study of tax exemptions of nonprofit organizations.

Legislative Council June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Susan Byorth Fox, Executive Director, Legislative Services Division

The Legislative Council and two subcommittees met in early May. The Rules Subcommittee met May 2 to review a list of options to revise House and Senate rules and joint rules. Bill drafts will be prepared from those options for consideration at the August meeting.

Legislative Audit Committee

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Tori Hunthausen, CPA, Legislative Auditor

The Legislative Audit Committee meets June 19 in Room 172 of the state Capitol 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 June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Dave Bohyer, Committee Staff

At its April 19-20 meeting, the Law and Justice Interim Committee approved several preliminary bill drafts as committee bills and will continue to work on other bill drafts in June.

Environmental Quality Council June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Joe Kolman & Hope Stockwell, Committee Staff

Montana's State Parks would get their own governing body, separate from the current Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission, under a bill draft proposal moved forward by the Environmental Quality Council at a May meeting.

Energy & Telecommunications Interim Committee June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Sonja Nowakowski, Committee Staff

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee blasted into Butte for a two-day meeting in May, touring a geothermal site, learning about power markets and portfolios, checking out natural gas-fired turbines, and taking in an underground mine education center.

Economic Affairs Interim Committee June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Pat Murdo, Committee Staff

The Economic Affairs Interim Committee will hear about physician licensing and health insurers' responses to federal health care reform at a June 11-12 meeting in Room 172 of the Capitol, starting at 9 a.m. both days.

Districting & Apportionment Commission June Update

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012

In May, the Districting and Apportionment Commission finished the public-hearing phase on the five draft redistricting plans with meetings in Havre, Wolf Point, Crow Agency, Billings, and Miles City. Members of the public turned out in force at these meeting to testify on the plans. The commission held 14 public hearings around Montana in March, April, and May.