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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 13 – April 16, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well hello Week…whatever Week you are…have you seen my shoes? No? How about my jeep keys? No? My vacuum-sealed, double-walled, burn-my-lips, keep-my-coffee-hot-forever, travel mug? No?

Hmmmm…

If you too have been asking yourself these questions more often lately, you’re absolutely not alone. Anyone involved with—or even standing near—a legislative session will tell you that the Dome of the Capitol Building during these 90 Legislative Days has an eerie, ethereal effect on the mind. It’s not a secret. It’s one of the many things known by all yet whispered by none.

With that in mind, and because last week I promised a special surprise, what follows is a story about a guy named Justice and a gal named Hope.

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 12 – April 10, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks!

The Legislature is Easter Break’ing today, and because we (meaning I) sleep when the baby sleeps, there will be no long diatribe nor informational rant from me this morning. Dry those tears—I have a special gift for you next week (which includes an updated list of bills with all the recently deceased Revenue and Appropriation bills segregated into their own fun little groups…stop judging me…you’ll love it).

For now, I must do all the things that I have not done, which DOES NOT include overdue activities like taking down a Christmas tree…which I definitely already did…because I said I did, so I totally did…AND, if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be embarrassed or feel guilty at all, because…Why are we talking about this?

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 11 – April 3, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks!

This week marks week 1 of the last month of the 68th Legislative Session, and as always, big things are happening, including HB 2 (the State’s big surplussed budget bill) hitting the Senate Finance & Claims Committee (Wednesday).

Also of significance, the House and Senate will convene this morning for all-day floor sessions to meet another transmittal deadline (watch here). They’ll have multiple boards with periodic breaks for the Appropriations and Finance & Claims Committees to convene.

Yes, folks, we’ve made it to the fourth quarter, so we expect that you can expect things to get dicey…er. So keep your smart phone charged, with one eye open and on it always—no sleeping nor blinking allowed. Crying, however, is permitted and often inevitable (always understandable).

We have a hot dumpster full of fire to go through, so let’s jump right into it…

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 10 – March 26, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks!

How are you? Doing well? Have a nice weekend? Did ya get outside and enjoy all the…outside? I can’t really remember what’s out there…but I hear it was…weathery? With…lots of…weather? Maybe? (K. You caught me. I haven’t looked out a window recently. Since Friday. My computer provides enough light.)

Anyway, I sincerely hope the last couple of days were great…best ever…the kind you digitally capture and immediately throw on Facebook KNOWING it’ll make everyone green with the envies…Really. Good. Times.

Now, hug a loved one, grab a drink, and take a seat…because I’m about to ruin your week (and not with my super sic almost-rhymes…those are purely for your pleasure—you’re welcome).

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 9 – March 19, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks! I’m back. [Holding for applause.] It’s been two weeks since I last visited, so where and when are we in the time and space of Legislative Land? Well, we’re still in Helena…physically.

Mentally, I’m daydreaming, which turns out is the only pleasant dreaming of which I am currently capable, since my nightly visions are filled with legislators and lobbyists living in college dorms, average folks investigating other average folks who have been investigating election security, bill drafts about property taxes, the MACo banner, and excited little puppy bears…cute, but deadly.

I digress. Returning to the latter of the two-part question, the “when are we in Legislative Land?”…Well, last week, we all sprang forward. Tomorrow Spring springs out of Winter. It’s now two weeks and two days since General Bill Transmittal sprung with joy…so that means the battle of the budget is springing into action this week.

Yep. It’s time for the State’s super surplussed budget bill to hit the Floor. So get comfy with a pillow and a glass of water. This update is about to get real dry real fast.

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 7 – February 19, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks! Last week I was in Washington, D.C., so you received a relatively short update, sweetened with a poem about Montana’s legislative process (which hopefully distracted from the fact that you received nothing of real substance…not that you ever really do—I’m here to entertain during the “dark times”).

Tomorrow is Presidents’ Day. (Happiest B-day wishes to both George and Abe—in my over-caffeinated, under-slept totally rational mind, we’re on a first name basis.) Be sure to watch the Joint Floor Session at 1 p.m. for “Formal Address Day,” where instead of Second and Third Readings of bills, we’ll be receiving updates from our Congressional Delegation and Montana Tribal Nations Chairman. Yes, it’s another holiday. And as you’ve learned by now, the Legislature does not sleep on holidays, so you don’t get to either. Sorry.

ALSO, tomorrow is the first day of MACo’s Midwinter Conference. So MACo doesn’t let you sleep on holidays either. Sorry. Again.

Unfortunately, the storm of the century is also scheduled for this week, starting today…and ending Wednesday…at 11 p.m. (I’m just “Little Miss Jolly Good News” over here.)

So, while I daydream about snowshoeing instead of legislative updating, grab the bevvy of your choice and a big ol’ snack, cause you’re in for a long-winded wild ride filled with excitement, drama, and of course, tears. So. Many. Tears. (It’s not actually exciting nor dramatic…maybe just kinda sad…you decide.)

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 6 – February 13, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks! Because I’m Washington, D.C., this week’s intro to our Legislative Update (linked above and below) will be short and sweet…emphasis on sweet since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Sooooo, grab some tea or coffee and maybe a few little heart-shaped chocolates or a donut with pink icing, sit back in that comfy creaky work chair, and enjoy this small gift from me to you.

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 5 – February 5, 2023

By Association News, Legislative Updates

Well, hey there MACo Folks! We made it through the first week of February. To recap: The Legislature officially made its recommendations to the Redistricting Commission via Senate Joint Resolution 8, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, the Governor’s tax bills continue their speedy journey through the process (check out the “Taxation” section of our Legislative Update linked above), AND almost all of MACo’s bills have been introduced and heard in the first committee FOUR WEEKS PRIOR to that initial golden “transmittal,” deadline, i.e., halftime. (Light. Tunnel. I see you.)
So, what’s happening this week? Let’s jump right in and see!

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