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

Below are the bills scheduled for the week. If the text is bold and teal, then these are bills we are watching and potentially supporting, opposing, or working to amend. Bills highlighted green are MACo bills, and blue indicates the bills we are watching closely or with which have been involved on some level. The committees, bill numbers, and sponsors are all linked to their respective information. We also try to keep up with posting the Executive Action that may be happening on bills after they are heard in committee as the week progresses; this is indicated by red bold font.

Please note that not all bills may be listed, as bills are consistently being scheduled, and this hearing schedule is updated in the evening. To view all bills being heard for any day, click here

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Monday, March 25th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 655 Revise drone laws Julie Dooling  (R) HD 70
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 698 Allow certain trauma surgery workers to use emergency red lights Lola Sheldon-Galloway  (R) HD 22
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 100 Requiring the provision of information before the performance of an abortion Keith Regier  (R) SD 3
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 132 Creating a student safety accountability act Keith Regier  (R) SD 3
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 74 Revise authorization language on fingerprinting under certain licensing, UI laws Gene Vuckovich  (D) SD 39
Possible Executive Action in House Judiciary Committee (8:00 AM in Room 137)
SB 26, Remove requirement for state to pay travel costs for prosecution witnesses
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 290 Require child support cooperation for food stamp eligibility Peggy Webb  (R) HD 43
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 351 Encourage transformational learning Wendy McKamey  (R) HD 19
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 387 Create advanced opportunity act for Montana students Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 633 Create digital library services state special revenue account Bradley Hamlett  (D) HD 23
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 639 Establish legislative audit special revenue account for specialist services Dan Bartel  (R) HD 29
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 SB 239 Provide for moratorium on property taxes for broadband fiber and cable Jason W Ellsworth  (R) SD 43
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 SB 338 Provide for construction of the Montana Heritage Center and create museum grants Terry Gauthier  (R) SD 40
Possible Executive Action in Senate Finance & Claims Committee (8:00 AM in Room 303)
SB 204, Revise tax exemption laws for certain mobile homes
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 326 Prohibiting foreign nationals from certain campaign practices Nate McConnell  (D) SD 48
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 354 Adopt the Montana Born-Alive Infant Protection Act Albert Olszewski  (R) SD 6
9:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SB 322 Requiring a license endorsement for wholesale distributors of opioid drugs Roger Webb  (R) SD 23
Possible Executive Action in Senate Taxation Committee (9:00 AM in Room 405)
HB 394, Revise property tax appraisal and tax appeal process
SB 321, Revise laws pertaining to targeted economic development districts
10:00 AM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 712 Implement provisions of HB2, Sec C- Nat Resources, Transportation Kenneth L Holmlund  (R) HD 38
10:00 AM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 713 Implement provisions of HB2, Sec C- Nat Resources, Transportation Kenneth L Holmlund  (R) HD 38
10:00 AM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 714 Implement provisions of HB2, Sec C- Nat Resources, Transportation Kenneth L Holmlund  (R) HD 38
10:00 AM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 715 Generally revise laws related to state finance and provide for fiscal studies Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
10:00 AM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 716 Developing an agreement with MUS and Idaho College of Medicine Tom Woods  (D) HD 62
Possible Executive Action in House Appropriations Committee (10:00 AM in Room 102)
HB 4, Appropriations by Budget Amendment
HB 52 , Revise and make permanent funding for various economic development programs
HB 340, Revising the residential property tax credit for the elderly
HB 616, Provide renewable resource bonds and loans law
10:00 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 720 Provide limited license for cosmetologist interns Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
10:00 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 SB 264 Revise laws related to coal-fired generation remediation activities Jason D Small  (R) SD 21
10:00 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 SB 270 Revise reimbursement conditions for certain pharmacies, pharmacists Mary McNally  (D) SD 24
10:00 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 SB 288 Revise laws related to audits of the chiropractic legal panel Dee Brown  (R) SD 2
Possible Executive Action in House Business & Labor Committee (10:00 AM in Room 172)
SB 160, Provide workers’ compensation for presumptive diseases of firefighters
10:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 707 Revise capital gains tax credit Kim Abbott  (D) HD 83
10:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 733 Revise temporary exemption for certain tribal property Greg Hertz  (R) HD 12
Possible Executive Action in House Taxation (10:00 AM in Room 152)
HB 300, Generally revise taxes and the distribution of revenue through sales tax
HB 618, Establish a fee for statewide safety communications systems
HB 636, Revise laws related to protested taxes
SB 165, Remove unusable mobile homes from property tax rolls
SB 253, Revise the tax lien and tax deed process for residential property
2:00 PM (S) Natural Resources 303 SB 341 Establish public access land act Mark Blasdel  (R) SD 4
2:00 PM (S) Natural Resources 303 SJ 20 Interim study of wilderness study areas Jeffrey W Welborn  (R) SD 36
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 597 Generally revise utility regulation Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 711 Implement provisions of appropriations act natural resources and transfers AIS Kenneth L Holmlund  (R) HD 38
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 739 Revise light motor vehicle fees for state parks, FAS, and state-owned buildings Jim Keane  (D) HD 73
3:00 PM (H) Energy, Technology and Federal Relations 472 HB 743 Revise laws related to utility carbon costs Tom Woods  (D) HD 62
3:00 PM (H) Energy, Technology and Federal Relations 472 HJ 38 Interim study of bonding and decommissioning for energy resources Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 680 Establishing a caseload cap on DD targeted case management services Terry Moore  (R) HD 54
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 681 Revising DD provider rates and budget development Gordon Pierson  (D) HD 78
Possible Executive Action in House Human Services Committee (3:00 PM in Room 152)
HB 425, Revise and make permanent Medicaid expansion
HB 658, Generally revise healthcare laws and permanently expand Medicaid
3:00 PM (H) Natural Resources 172 HB 708 Revise volume for groundwater exemption Bradley Hamlett  (D) HD 23
3:00 PM (H) Natural Resources 172 HB 722 Allow transfer of hard rock mining permit Steve Gunderson  (R) HD 1
3:00 PM (H) Natural Resources 172 HB 736 Establish liability for fires caused by transmission lines Tom Woods  (D) HD 62
3:00 PM (H) Natural Resources 172 SB 299 Generally revise laws related to sage grouse conservation Mike Lang  (R) SD 17
Possible Executive Action in House Natural Resources (3:00 PM in Room 172)
HB 31, Revise fire assessment fees
HB 402, Revising local government laws related to invasive species
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 717 Establish the Louis Charles Charlo memorial highway Marvin Weatherwax  (D) HD 15
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 719 Establish the Jeannette Rankin memorial highway Kimberly Dudik  (D) HD 94
Possible Executive Action in House Transportation (3:00 PM in Room 455)
HB 81, Eliminate aviation fuel refunds and revise allocations of aircraft reg. account
3:00 PM (S) Education and Cultural Resources 422 HB 414 Generally revise laws related to school meals Jessica Karjala  (D) HD 48
Possible Executive Action in Senate Local Government Committee (3:00 PM in Room 405)
SB 323, Allow the creation and assessment of a public safety district
3:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 HB 596 Revise requirements related to release of patient immunization information Gordon Pierson  (D) HD 78
3:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 HB 604 Direct DPHHS to develop a strategic plan for prevention programs Jessica Karjala  (D) HD 48
3:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 SB 345 Require licensure of organized youth camps Edith (Edie) McClafferty  (D) SD 38
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HB 181 Revise campaign finance report filing provisions Frank Garner  (R) HD 7
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HB 318 Generally revise laws related to central committees Frank Garner  (R) HD 7
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HB 482 Require agency reporting on financial assistance to tribes Alan Doane  (R) HD 36
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HB 506 Provide options for payment of legislator session salary Steve Gunderson  (R) HD 1
Possible Executive Action in Senate State Administration Committee (3:00 PM in Room 335)
HB 172, Establish county veterans’ service offices
HJ 1, Interim study on voter qualifications for all special purpose districts

 

Tuesday, March 26th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 659 Establish penalties for negligent injury or death of service animal Robert Farris-Olsen  (D) HD 79
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 192 Revise qualifications for firefighters Mike Lang  (R) SD 17
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 224 Generally revise laws related to county road access Tom Jacobson  (D) SD 11
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 301 Provide county commissioners must approve public road closures Jason D Small  (R) SD 21
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 668 Require disclosure of PSAs by statewide elected officials Marilyn Marler  (D) HD 90
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 676 Revise laws related to and appropriate money to civil air patrol Derek Skees  (R) HD 11
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 693 Requiring reimbursement of certain expenses by elected official Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 699 Allow online voter registration and electronic signature transfer Thomas Winter  (D) HD 96
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 738 Revise eligibility for state insurance Mary Caferro  (D) HD 81
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 646 Provide tax credit for purchase of a gun safe Andrea Olsen  (D) HD 100
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 650 Generally revise alcohol taxation Mary Ann Dunwell  (D) HD 84
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 673 Constitutional amendment to prohibit or limit tax increases on appeal Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 691 Eliminate oil and gas tax holiday Tom Woods  (D) HD 62
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SB 339 Increase tax on liquor Jill Cohenour  (D) SD 42
8:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 347 Revise occupational licensing laws for those with criminal convictions Roger Webb  (R) SD 23
8:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SB 342 Referendum to revise taxation of social security income David Howard  (R) SD 29
8:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SJ 13 A resolution regarding international trade with Canada, Mexico Mike Cuffe  (R) SD 1
8:30 AM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 405 Create catch and keep program for rural economic development Joel G Krautter  (R) HD 35
8:30 AM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 632 Require decennial report on economic impact of Indian reservations Jade Bahr  (D) HD 50
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 725 Allow sports wagering through the state lottery Ryan Lynch  (D) HD 76
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 727 Generally revise alcohol and gaming licensing laws Edward Buttrey  (R) HD 21
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 729 Requiring alternative payment method for certain medicaid prescription drugs Thomas Winter  (D) HD 96
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 731 Revise credit union laws regarding oversight of top officers Mark Noland  (R) HD 10
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 732 Provide workers’ compensation premium offset in certain learning programs Derek J Harvey  (D) HD 74
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 48 Provide for stacking of tribal court convictions for partner or family assault Laurie Bishop  (D) HD 60
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 549 Generally revise child sex trafficking laws Kimberly Dudik  (D) HD 94
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HJ 26 Resolution to encourage census citizenship question Forrest Mandeville  (R) HD 57
3:00 PM (H) Agriculture 137 HJ 29 Study of meat inspection laws Theresa Manzella  (R) HD 85
3:00 PM (H) Agriculture 137 SB 51 Revise highway definitions, terminology, and allocation process for consistency Dick Barrett  (D) SD 45
3:00 PM (H) Fish, Wildlife and Parks 172 HB 674 Increase state gas tax distribution to recreation-related programs Kerry White  (R) HD 64
3:00 PM (H) Fish, Wildlife and Parks 172 SB 79 Clarification on squaring bonus points for hunting party applicants Steve Hinebauch  (R) SD 18
3:00 PM (H) Fish, Wildlife and Parks 172 SJ 6 Resolution supporting delisting grizzly bears from Endangered Species Act Mike Cuffe  (R) SD 1
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 724 Revise Medicaid laws related to elderly and disabled individuals Dennis R Lenz  (R) HD 53
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 726 Extend child support obligation for children with disabilities Mary Caferro  (D) HD 81
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 753 Provide for investigations of retaliatory actions by Child Protective Services Dennis R Lenz  (R) HD 53
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 SB 200 Provide for equal classification of homes on a foundation Roger Webb  (R) SD 23
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 SB 302 Generally revise laws related to local government budgeting and accounting John Esp  (R) SD 30
3:00 PM (S) Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation 303 HB 332 Require county approval to relocate bison Joshua Kassmier  (R) HD 27
3:00 PM (S) Fish and Game 422 HB 497 Allow additional elk to be harvested during shoulder season Wylie Galt  (R) HD 30
3:00 PM (S) Fish and Game 422 HJ 18 Resolution urging enhancement of elk management/shoulder season regulations Wylie Galt  (R) HD 30
3:00 PM (S) Fish and Game 422 SB 333 Revise requirements for retention of evidence of sex for harvested animals Jill Cohenour  (D) SD 42
3:00 PM (S) Fish and Game 422 SB 344 Authorize recovery/possession of horns/skulls of mtn sheep that died naturally Mike Lang  (R) SD 17
3:00 PM (S) Fish and Game 422 SB 349 Restrict release of fish and wildlife locations Jill Cohenour  (D) SD 42
3:00 PM (S) Highways and Transportation 405 HB 389 Exempt certain vehicles from height restrictions Joel G Krautter  (R) HD 35

 

Wednesday, March 27th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 701 Generally revise criminal laws regarding sex offenses Shane A Morigeau  (D) HD 95
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 718 Generally revise domestic violence protections Robert Farris-Olsen  (D) HD 79
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 730 Increase penalties for certain crimes committed against a pregnant woman Lola Sheldon-Galloway  (R) HD 22
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 735 Revise campus free speech laws Mike Hopkins  (R) HD 92
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 651 Revise property tax on intangible personal property Mary Ann Dunwell  (D) HD 84
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 656 Generally revise oil and gas tax and distribution laws Joel G Krautter  (R) HD 35
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 675 Provide for tax on secondary housing and property tax relief for homesteads Thomas Winter  (D) HD 96
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 697 Revise individual income tax laws Jim Hamilton  (D) HD 61
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 706 Revise individual income tax credits Thomas Winter  (D) HD 96
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 HB 514 Provide for check the box election on informal property tax appeals Kimberly Dudik  (D) HD 94
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 649 Create Alcohol Advisory Council Derek J Harvey  (D) HD 74
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 653 Revise clean indoor air act to include vaping Willis Curdy  (D) HD 98
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 677 Require corporations and LLCs to disclose beneficial owners Jessica Karjala  (D) HD 48
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 694 Revise certain licensing fees for investment-related advisors Jim Hamilton  (D) HD 61
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 710 Require reporting of prescription drug cost information Katie Sullivan  (D) HD 89
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 498 Allow probationers and parolees to use medical marijuana Jade Bahr  (D) HD 50
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 543 Revise laws related to misdemeanor expungement Zach Brown  (D) HD 63
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 561 Revise child custody laws pertaining to the best interest of a child Daniel Zolnikov  (R) HD 45
12:00 PM (S) Conference 350 HB 205 Revising laws related to fish pond licenses Ray L Shaw  (R) HD 71
2:30 PM (S) Natural Resources 303 SB 343 Revise open cut laws Tom Richmond  (R) SD 28
3:00 PM (H) Energy, Technology and Federal Relations 472 HB 704 Establish a Montana solar schools grant program Bruce Grubbs  (R) HD 68
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 665 Require medicaid coverage of marriage and family therapist services Mary Caferro  (D) HD 81
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 734 Create community veteran emergency care provider endorsement Mike Hopkins  (R) HD 92
3:00 PM (H) Natural Resources
172 HB 752 Revise laws related to sage grouse Bradley Hamlett  (D) HD 23
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HJ 34 Interim study on passenger transportation Andrea Olsen  (D) HD 100
3:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 HB 363 Allow for eating disorders under the definition of mental illness Laurie Bishop  (D) HD 60
3:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 HB 583 Revise requirements for measuring children’s mental health outcomes Dennis R Lenz  (R) HD 53
3:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 HB 589 Create mortality review team for individuals with developmental disabilities Mary Caferro  (D) HD 81
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HB 183 Deputize COPP in-house counsel Kimberly Dudik  (D) HD 94
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HB 512 Revise laws related to appointments to fill vacancies in elected county offices Jacob Bachmeier  (D) HD 28
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HB 536 Secure voter registration when applying for Driver’s License or ID card Geraldine Custer  (R) HD 39
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HB 612 Revising number of professional staff positions at the Board of Investments Dan Bartel  (R) HD 29
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 HJ 8 Joint resolution recognizing Montana veterans and their families Kimberly Dudik  (D) HD 94

 

Thursday, March 28th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 721 Revise fair notice of campaign material and misrepresentation of voting records Willis Curdy  (D) HD 98
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 728 Revise laws related to tribal DUI task forces Bridget Smith  (D) HD 31
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 702 Establish angel investor/venture capital and business income tax credits Joel G Krautter  (R) HD 35
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 703 Revise laws related to taxation of electrical generation facilities Christopher Pope  (D) HD 65
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 705 Establish state corporate tax disclosure laws Thomas Winter  (D) HD 96
8:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 709 Generally revise first-time homebuyer savings account Jim Hamilton  (D) HD 61
8:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 2 General Appropriations Act Nancy Ballance  (R) HD 87
8:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SB 334 Revise mill levy authority for certain airports Brian Hoven  (R) SD 13
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 SB 269 Revise home inspector laws Margaret (Margie) MacDonald  (D) SD 26
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 SB 271 Revise laws for boiler traction engines Mike Lang  (R) SD 17
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 567 Establish Montana school marshal program Derek Skees  (R) HD 11
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 590 Revise criminal procedure laws related to sexual offenses Dave Fern  (D) HD 5
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 591 Generally revise laws related to paternity tests Lola Sheldon-Galloway  (R) HD 22
3:00 PM (H) Agriculture 137 HJ 33 Interim study on market-sensitive crops and ag technologies Andrea Olsen  (D) HD 100
3:00 PM (H) Agriculture 137 SJ 16 Resolution urging federal country of origin labeling legislation Albert Olszewski  (R) SD 6
3:00 PM (H) Fish, Wildlife and Parks 172 SB 167 Revise laws regarding hunting license benefits for military members Bruce Gillespie  (R) SD 9
3:00 PM (H) Fish, Wildlife and Parks 172 SB 24 Increase optional light motor vehicle registration fee for parks and recreation Terry Gauthier  (R) SD 40
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HJ 32 Study effects of drugs on infants Jonathan Windy Boy  (D) HD 32
3:00 PM (S) Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation 335 HB 443 Revise requirements for hobbyist apiaries Ross H Fitzgerald  (R) HD 17
3:00 PM (S) Fish and Game 422 HB 585 Require legislative approval for divestiture of state park land Bradley Hamlett  (D) HD 23
3:00 PM (S) Fish and Game 422 HJ 17 Joint resolution to congress asking to fund aquatic invasive species programs Willis Curdy  (D) HD 98
3:00 PM (S) Highways and Transportation 405 HB 550 Revise definition of public road in gas tax laws Alan Redfield  (R) HD 59

 

Friday, March 29th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

9:00 AM (S) Finance and Claims 317 HB 520 Revise funding for livestock loss board Ray L Shaw  (R) HD 71
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 615 Modernize claim and delivery law Shane A Morigeau  (D) HD 95
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 622 Eliminate pre-established loan products Robert Farris-Olsen  (D) HD 79