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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 12

By Legislative Updates

Week eleven of the 66th Legislative Session has almost come to a close, with the Legislature holding just a few more Saturday hearings tomorrow (March 23rd) at 12:30 p.m. Tomorrow is also the transmittal deadline for the revenue-estimating joint resolution and the last day to request study resolutions.  Monday is the last day to introduce appropriation bills, revenue bills & bills proposing referenda; it’s going to be a busy week, with the transmittal for these bills just a week from Monday (April 1st).  Also this week, Senate Finance & Claims will begin its work on HB 2 (the budget bill) all day Tuesday through Thursday.

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 11

By Legislative Updates

Week ten of the 66th Legislative Session has almost come to a close, with the Legislature holding its first Saturday hearings tomorrow (March 16th) at 9 a.m. Next week brings the last day for committees to request revenue bills, bills proposing referenda, and bills implementing HB 2 (March 19th) as well as the deadline for the transmittal of the revenue-estimating joint resolution and the last day to request study resolutions (March 23rd).  The budget bill (HB 2) completed its hearings in the House Appropriations Committee, so also coming next week is Second Reading for HB 2 on the House Floor on Monday at 1 p.m. and Tuesday all day (March 18th-19th).

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 10

By Legislative Updates

Week nine of the 66th Legislative Session and transmittal break have passed.  The budget (HB 2) is officially heating up, with the Appropriations Committee hearing from the approps subcommittees this last week.  They are scheduled to take executive action on Monday, March 11th, which means it will be headed to the house floor the following week.

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MACo Legislative Update, Issue 9

By Legislative Updates

Week eight of the 66th Legislative Session and “transmittal” has come and gone; that means we have completed 45 days and have 45 left to go!  This particular transmittal requires that all “general bills” to be heard in their first House and be transmitted to the other House (Senate bills transmit to the House and House bills transmit to the Senate).  The bills that don’t transmit to the other house can be considered to have died in the process.  The next transmittal is for revenue-estimating joint resolutions on March 23rd, but the next BIG transmittal is April 1st, which is the transmittal of appropriation bills, revenue bills, and bills proposing referenda.

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2019 Risk Management Safety Awards

By Association News, Safety Corner

The MACo Risk Management Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Midwinter Conference in Helena.  MACo recognizes counties exhibiting a continued commitment to job site safety and whose safety performance and programs are excellent.  The Awards promote awareness of workplace health and safety throughout the counties and offer the opportunity for counties to share model programs.  This year, awards were presented to Sanders County and Dawson County.

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Lesson Learned: Exploding Batteries

By Safety Corner

On 2/13/19 A lead-acid battery exploded in a member county road shop.  Battery acid splashed on to the employee.  Luckily, the employee was not injured because he was wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which included safety googles, rubber gloves, boots, and a long sleeve shirt.

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