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Urgent: DOR Meeting to Discuss SB 56

Posted Date: 
May 13, 2014
Contact: 
Harold Blattie, Executive Director, Montana Association of Counties

Important Notice to Montana County Commissioners and Treasurers

There will be a meeting held June 17 in Helena to discuss the policy and technical aspects regarding DOR wanting counties to assume the responsibility of entering "fee-based specials."

2014 Water Rights in Montana Handbook

Posted Date: 
May 8, 2014
Contact: 
Jason Mohr, Water Policy Interim Committee Staff

The Environmental Quality Council and Water Policy Interim Committee have just completed updating the publication, Water Rights in Montana.

2014 Eminent Domain in Montana Handbook

Posted Date: 
February 28, 2014
Contact: 
Montana Legislative Branch -- Sonja Nowakowski, Research Analyst & Joe Kolman, Legislative Environmental Analyst

The Environmental Quality Council has just completed a publication to assist the public in learning about eminent domain in Montana.  Eminent Domain in Montana provides an overview of eminent domain laws in Montana.

Nutrition Education Directory Available

Posted Date: 
February 12, 2014
Contact: 
Katie Bark, Montana Team Nutrition Program; Christine Emerson, OPI's School Nutrition Programs

The Office of Public Instruction has produced a directory of nutrition education programs in Montana, in response to a request that arose from a legislative study of childhood hunger.

Counties Win Major Victories in Farm Bill

Posted Date: 
February 7, 2014
Contact: 
Arthur Scott, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

The five-year farm bill, signed into law Feb. 7, contains sev­eral critical county priorities including FY14 funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, reauthorization of vital programs within the rural development title.

Congress Clears $1.012 Trillion FY 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill

Posted Date: 
January 17, 2014
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

NACo provides comprehensive analysis on how federal programs important to counties fared

On Thursday, January 16, Congress cleared a $1.012 trillion FY 2014 omnibus spending bill (H.R. 3547) that will fund the federal government through the remainder of FY 2014. Congress will now send the measure to the White House for President Obama's signature, averting any threat of a government shutdown through Sept. 30.

Over 50,000 Montanans Registered for Statewide Earthquake Drill

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2013
Contact: 
Katie Gallagher, Grant Coordinator, Governor’s Office of Community Service

HELENA, MT- On October 23, 2013 at 10:23AM Montanans across the state will drop, cover, and hold on as part of the 2013 Rocky Mountain ShakeOut, Montana’s first statewide earthquake drill. Montana is a seismically active state, which means that an earthquake could happen at any time. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to educate all Montanans on the appropriate actions to take to ensure safety when the ground starts to shake.

Changes in Capitol Security

Posted Date: 
August 29, 2013
Contact: 
Sheryl Olson, Chief Program and Information Officer, Department of Administration, State of Montana

The Bullock Administration has made several changes to improve security for the Capitol Complex. Helena-based state employees need to be aware of several of these changes.

Federal Government Reverses Decision on Withholding Mineral Leasing Act Revenue from the States

Posted Date: 
August 27, 2013
Contact: 
Anastasia Burton, Deputy Communications Director, Attorney General Tim Fox, Montana Department of Justice

Nearly $2.4 million on its way to Montana

(HELENA)—Attorney General Tim Fox announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior has reversed its decision to withhold Mineral Leasing Act Revenue from the States.  Earlier this month, Attorney General Fox  joined nine other western states protesting the sequestration of state funds under the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA).

Montana Main Street Project Survey

Posted Date: 
August 26, 2013
Contact: 
Kelly A. Lynch, Administrator, Community Development Division, Montana Department of Commerce

The Main Street Montana Project, commissioned by Governor Steve Bullock and co-chaired by Larry Simkins of the Washington Companies and Bill Johnstone of D.A. Davidson & Co., aims to develop a bottom-up, self-sustaining blueprint to support the creation, recruitment and retention of Montana jobs.  The Project will engage Montana business, education and training, economic development, and community leaders to develop a business plan for Montana, by Montanans.