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New Report: A Citizen's Guide to Montana Energy Law

Posted Date: 
June 26, 2014
Contact: 
Sonja Nowakowski, ETIC Staff

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) has just completed a publication to assist the public in learning about energy issues in Montana.

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.

Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants Available for Trail Projects in Montana

Posted Date: 
December 2, 2013
Contact: 
Beth R. Shumate, Recreation Trails Program Manager, Montana State Parks

(Helena, MT) - Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced that Recreational Trails Program (RTP) federal grants will be available for trail projects in Montana. Applications are due by March 1, 2014.

Reclamation and Development Grants Program Planning Grants Now Available

Posted Date: 
November 6, 2013
Contact: 
Alicia Stickney, Reclamation and Development Grants, Montana DNRC

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Reclamation and Development Grants Program (RDGP) is accepting grant applications to fund planning and assessment for natural resource projects.

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.