During the legislative session, MACo posts the weekly hearings schedule for the bills that we are watching.

Below are the bills we are watching and potentially supporting, opposing, or working to amend. Bills highlighted green are MACo bills, and blue are bills we have been approached about, worked on, or been involved with on some level. The committees, bills, and sponsors are all linked to their respective information.

Please note that not all bills being heard for the week are listed bill; these are only bills MACo is watching. To view all bills being heard for the week, click here.

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Monday, January 21st

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act (Health & Human Services):
– Hearing: Medicaid & Health Services Management Division (MHSM), Developmental Services Division (DSD)
– Public Testimony: MHSM; DSD
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
9:00 AM (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act (General Government):
– Hearing: Consumer Counsel
– Public Testimony: Consumer Counsel
– Hearing: Legislative Branch
– Public Testimony: Legislative Branch
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
10:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 145 Generally revise gun laws Daniel Zolnikov(R) HD 45
2:30 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 101 Eliminate absentee requirement to return unvoted party ballot Keith Regier (R) SD 3
2:30 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 124 Allow uniformed and overseas voters to use electronic signatures Dee Brown (R) SD 2
Possible Executive Action in Senate State Administration Committee
SB 53, Revise meal reimbursement for public employees
3:00 PM (H) Natural Resources 172 HB 119 Increase bond and fees for the Hazard Reduction Agreement program Denley M Loge(R) HD 14
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 133 Grant disabled veterans free airport parking Zach Brown(D) HD 63
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 156 Establish Mason Moore memorial highway Julie Dooling(R) HD 70
3:00 PM (S) Local Government 405 SB 104 Allow counties to establish county auditor as part-time office Roger Webb(R) SD 23
3:00 PM (S) Local Government 405 SB 17 Authorize creation of regional fire protection service authorities Margaret (Margie) MacDonald(D) SD 26
3:00 PM (S) Local Government 405 SB 20 Allow certain municipalities to annex onto a rural fire district Roger Webb(R) SD 23
Possible Executive Action in Senate Local Government Committee
SB 29, Require workers’ comp for all volunteer firefighters
3:00 PM (S) Natural Resources 303 SB 129 Revise laws related to water projects Jill Cohenour(D) SD 42

 

Tuesday, January 22nd

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act (Health & Human Services):
– Public Testimony: DSD (as needed)
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act (Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement & Justice):
– Hearing: Department of Corrections (DOC) Budget
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 188 Increase statute of limitations in civil liability for crimes against a child Kimberly Dudik(D) HD 94
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 198 Revise laws related to “blue alert” criteria Neil Duram(R) HD 2
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 199 Generally revise laws related to bullying Barry Usher(R) HD 40
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 168 Require investigators for the office of public defender to be licensed Dale Mortensen(R) HD 44
Possible Executive Action in House Business & Labor Committee
HB 53, Revise Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund program
8:30 AM (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 14 Long-Range Building Bonding Program:
– Description of Bill Coverage–Bill Highlights
– DOA Projects/State Building Energy Conservation Program (SBECP) Projects
– Long-Range Building Program Facility Condition Assessments Report
Ryan Lynch(D) HD 76
8:00 AM (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation 317C HB 2 General Appropriations Act (Natural Resources & Transportation):
– Hearing: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
9:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 166 Revise display of sample ballots at polling places Mary Ann Dunwell(D) HD 84
9:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 172 Establish county veterans’ service offices David Bedey(R) HD 86
Possible Executive Action in House State Administration Committee
HB126, Increase fees on death and birth certificates
9:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 148 Require 2/3 of legislature to enact a new tax or fee or a tax or fee increase Forrest Mandeville(R) HD 57
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 65 Generally revise drug and alcohol laws Keith Regier(R) SD 3
Possible Executive Action in Senate Judiciary Committee
SB 19, Revise laws related to local government budgeting and accounting
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 175 Provide for state employee pay plan Julie Dooling(R) HD 70
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 187 Revise laws related to youth suicide prevention Mary Ann Dunwell(D) HD 84
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 131 Specifying a county attorney’s obligation in certain legal matters Forrest Mandeville(R) HD 57
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 169 Exempting certain cooperative purchasing agreements from competitive bidding Marilyn Ryan(D) HD 99
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 19 Revise definition of “high-poverty county” for Big Sky Economic Development Sharon Stewart Peregoy(D) HD 42
Possible Executive Action in House Local Government Committee
HB 123, Generally revise sewer district laws
HB 124, Authorize county commissioners to lift agricultural covenants -limited situation
HB 125, Limit use of emergency ordinances by local government
3:00 PM (S) Highways and Transportation 405 SB 117 Revise highway de-icer laws Dee Brown(R) SD 2

 

Wednesday, January 23rd

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act (General Government):
– Hearing: Department of Military Affairs — Director’s Office, National Guard Challenge Program, National Guard Scholarship Program, STARBASE Program
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
8:00 AM (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act (Health & Human Services):
– Hearing: Senior & Long-Term Care Division (SLTC)
– Public Testimony: SLTC
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act (Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement & Justice):
– Hearing: Department of Corrections (DOC) Budget
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 215 Prohibit incarceration of juveniles in adult prisons Kimberly Dudik(D) HD 94
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 228 Revise privacy in communication law to reflect MT Supreme Court decision Forrest Mandeville(R) HD 57
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 233 Revise plea of guilty laws Bill Mercer(R) HD 46
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HJ 5 Study of deferred prosecution programs Kimberly Dudik(D) HD 94
8:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SB 18 Establish workforce housing tax credits Margaret (Margie) MacDonald(D) SD 26
8:30 AM (H) Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation 317C HB 2 General Appropriations Act (Natural Resources & Transportation):
– Hearing: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
– Public Comment: DEQ
Nancy Ballance  (R) HD
9:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 200 Revising tax laws related to mobile homes, housetrailers, manufactured homes Mary Ann Dunwell(D) HD 84
9:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 201 Revising tax lien laws Mary Ann Dunwell(D) HD 84
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 114 Generally revise stalking and orders of protection laws Jen Gross(D) SD 25
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 95 Revise gun laws related to people convicted of stalking or domestic violence Sue Malek(D) SD 46
2:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 SB 122 Revise clean indoor air act to include vaping Sue Malek(D) SD 46
2:30 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 112 Prohibition on distributing things at polling place not to apply to volunteers Bryce Bennett (D) SD 50
2:30 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 113 Allow either DL number or last four of SS number for voter registration Bryce Bennett (D) SD 50
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 141 Revise insurance laws regarding uninsured, underinsured motorists Andrea Olsen(D) HD 100
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 178 Prohibit texting and driving by minors. Fred Anderson(R) HD 20
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 190 Revise local government authority to set school zone speed limits Bruce Grubbs(R) HD 68

 

Thursday, January 24th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 245 Constitutional amendment to revise initiative signature requirements Steve Gunderson(R) HD 1
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 246 Revise laws for out-of-state subpoenas Lola Galloway(R) HD 22
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 214 Revise laws relating to the State Fund Vince Ricci(R) HD 55
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SB 125 Establish the Montana reinsurance association and program Steve Fitzpatrick (R) SD 10
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SB 126 Revise workers’ comp solvency guidelines for self-insured public entitities Fred Thomas (R) SD 44
9:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 164 Establish qualifications for the office of sheriff Barry Usher (R) HD 40
9:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 204 Generally revise teachers’ retirement system laws Marilyn Ryan (D) HD 99
9:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 213 Revise the tax rate for certain oil production Llew Jones (R) HD 18
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 136 Revise laws related to intimidation crimes Fred Thomas(R) SD 44
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 152 Revise laws related to surprise medical bills Kathy Kelker (D) HD 47
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 15 Revise laws related to nonmotorized vehicle and mobile home disposal Willis Curdy (D) HD 98
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 154 Generally revise laws related to disposal and destruction of public records Katie Sullivan (D) HD 89
3:00 PM (S) Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation 335 SB 91 Revise weight limit laws for fertilizer Daniel R Salomon (R) SD 47

 

Friday, January 25th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SB 121 Establish a fee for disposable carryout bags Sue Malek(D) SD 46
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 23 Require accommodations to employer-mandated vaccinations to be uniformly offered Keith Regier(R) SD 3
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 99 Revise laws related to informing on legal opt out options for vaccines Cary Smith(R) SD 27