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April 18, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 15 – April 18, 2021

Last week was a whirlwind of a wild and weird Legislative week. Is that new? No. Is it expected? Yes. So, who cares? You do. And I’ll tell you why…
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April 11, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 14 – April 11, 2021

HELENA—Tomorrow, Monday, April 12th, is Legislative Day (LD) 69. That means there are 21 LDs remaining, equating to roughly 1 month/4 weeks/100 bajillion hours until Sine Die. (But who’s counting?)…
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April 9, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

April 9th: Legislative Updates & Continuing the ARPA Discussion

On April 9th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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April 5, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 13 – April 5, 2021

Happy Day After Easter! Yes, I’m back in your inbox reporting from your usual digi device, disrupting your holiday with yet another fun-filled update. I know what you’re thinking, “Shantil,…
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March 28, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 12 – March 28, 2021

The Legislature is a real mover and shaker right now. Firstly, HB 2 (the State budget bill) will be heard in the Senate Finance & Claims Committee tomorrow, March 29th…
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March 26, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

Flathead County Seeking a Weed/Parks/Recreation Director

Flathead County is seeking a Weed/Parks/Recreation Director who is responsible for directing, organizing, and maintaining a weed control program, implementing policies established by the Weed, Parks, & Recreation Board, overseeing…
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March 26, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

March 26th: Special Guest Speakers, Legislative Updates & ARPA Discussion

On March 26th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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March 21, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 11 – March 21, 2021

Last week’s meanderings had so many true facts it didn’t feel like the legislative session. So, this week, we’ll be bringing ourselves back into Legislative Land and focusing on some…
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March 14, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 10 – March 14, 2021

Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in . . . Welcome to this week’s legislative meanderings and Legislative Update, both of which are entirely based on…
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March 14, 2021 in Coronavirus, National News

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

The latest COVID-19 relief package, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, provides $1.9 trillion in mandatory funding, program changes and tax policies aimed at mitigating…
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March 12, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

March 12th: MACo Provides Legislative Updates & Talks About the American Rescue Plan (ARP)

On March 12th, MACo and the MSU Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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March 9, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

MACo Seeking Land Use Attorney

The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking a Land Use Attorney. This position provides advice, consultation, and training to counties and special districts on a wide range of civil…
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March 8, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 9 – March 8, 2021

Hi. Hey. How are ya? It’s Monday. Yes. Monday. So, this is not the usual Sunday update but a Monday update instead. However, in my time—Legislative Time—it’s still Sunday and…
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February 21, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 8 – February 21, 2021

Where and when are we in the time and space of Legislative Land? Well, we are still in Helena. Some of us are in home-offices on Zoom and/or streaming hearings.…
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February 19, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

February 19th: MACo Provides Legislative Updates About Weeks 6 & 7 of the 67th Legislative Session

On February 19th, MACo and the MSU Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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February 14, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 7 – February 14, 2021

Helena – Week 7. Hi, hello, how are ya? I bet you just love that I’m gracing your inbox on Valentine’s Day, especially when Monday is a federal holiday and…
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February 7, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 6 – February 7, 2021

Helena – Well hello Week 6, 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 . . .
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February 5, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

February 5th: MACo Provides Legislative Updates About Weeks 4 & 5 of the 67th Legislative Session

On February 5th, MACo and the MSU Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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January 31, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 5 – January 31, 2021

Helena – Welcome to week five of the 67th Legislative Session! Holy cannoli folks, we are ONE MONTH IN and one month down. It’s been . . . an adventure.…
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January 29, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

Cascade County Seeking Deputy County Attorney – Criminal Dept.

Cascade County is seeking a Deputy County Attorney (Criminal Department). This position performs complex legal, professional and administrative work. The work is performed in accordance with established standards and practices…
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January 29, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

MACo Health Care Trust Seeking Account Executive

The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking an Account Executive for its Health Care Trust (HCT). The primary focus of this position is to provide marketing and member service…
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January 24, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 4 – January 24, 2021

HELENA - Legislative week four, here we come . . . It is week four, right? One month into the session is about the time when regular time starts to…
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January 22, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

January 22nd: MACo Provides Legislative Updates About Weeks 2 & 3 of the 67th Legislative Session

On January 22nd, MACo and the MSU Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations…
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January 19, 2021 in Employment Opportunities

Fallon County Seeking Director of Public Health

Fallon County is seeking a Director of Public Health. This position is responsible for a variety of programs, which protect and promote the health of the citizens. This work includes…
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January 17, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 3 – January 17, 2021

Well, we’ve done it—another legislative week in the books. How is it going? Glad you asked. Committees are still convening in person. Each committee is different as to how they…
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January 10, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 2 – January 10, 2021

The 67th Legislative Session is freshly underway, having just convened last Monday, January 4th. The usual hustle and bustle of the Capitol building--often filled with legislators, lobbyists, the public, and guided…
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January 8, 2021 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

January 8th: MACo Provides Legislative Updates About Week 1 of the 67th Legislative Session

On January 8th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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January 6, 2021 in County News, Legislative Updates

New Features for Public to Access the Montana Legislature’s Resources

The voices of Montanans will echo in the halls of the capitol in more ways than ever and from farther away when the 2021 Legislature convenes Monday.
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January 4, 2021 in Association News, Legislative Updates

MACo Legislative Update, Issue 1 – January 4, 2021

We hope everyone had a wonderful an d relaxing holiday season. Unfortunately, it’s time to take down the twinkle lights, wreaths, and trees and jump into the legislative season (session)! …
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January 4, 2021 in Association News, County News

MACo Announces New Cybersecurity Initiative

MACo is pleased to announce a new cybersecurity initiative being offered to our membership and introduce Art Pembroke as the Program Coordinator. In order to launch this member benefit we…
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December 22, 2020 in Association News, County News, National News, State News

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

Beginning January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down…
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December 18, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Legislative Updates, Virtual Townhalls

December 18th: MACo & LGC Answer Questions About the Newly Implemented Guidance for the LGRP & Provide Legislative Updates

On December 18th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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December 17, 2020 in Association News

2021 New Year’s Resolutions & Reminders

It’s time once again for the Annual New Year’s Resolutions and Reminders! Every year it's good to review certain county duties and requirements, and the  first Commission meeting of the…
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December 4, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

December 4th: MACo & LGC Address the Unexpected New Guidance for the Final Cycle of the Local Government Reimbursement Program

On December 4th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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November 30, 2020 in Coronavirus, County News, State News

Conclusion & Additional Guidance for Cycle 5 of the Local Government CARES Reimbursement Program

On November 30th, DOA announced changes from the Governor's Office to the CARES Local Government Reimbursement Program, which are effective immediately with the 5th reimbursement cycle.  Certain expenses that local…
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November 30, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Mineral County Seeking Crime Victim Advocate for County Attorney’s Office

Mineral County is seeking a Crime Victim Advocate for the County Attorney's Office. This position provides advocacy and a variety of supportive services for primary and secondary victims of personal…
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November 30, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Lincoln County Seeking Election Administrator

Lincoln County is seeking an Election Administrator. Under the supervision of the Board of County Commissioners, this position manages, supervises the voter registration system in Lincoln County; plans, organizes and…
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November 20, 2020 in Legislative Updates

67th Legislature Chooses Leadership

On November 18th lawmakers caucused both physically and virtually to select their leaders for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session.
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November 17, 2020 in Coronavirus, State News

Governor Announces Directive Regarding Group Size, Capacity, and Masks

Today, November 17th, Governor Bullock announced that further restrictions will be implemented in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The additional measures are effective at 5 a.m. Friday,…
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November 13, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

November 13th: MACo & LGC Discuss How CARES Act Dollars Must be Spent

On November 13th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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November 5, 2020 in Employment Opportunities

Meagher County Seeking a Sanitarian

Meagher County is seeking a Sanitarian. This position is responsible for managing all programs related to sanitation and the environmental health and welfare of Meagher County. Services are to be…
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November 3, 2020 in Association News

MACo Adopts Legislative Package

On October 1, 2020, MACo's membership adopted the Association's legislative package, encompassing an assortment of resolutions and policy statements for the upcoming 67th Legislative Session. The adopted resolutions become proposed legislation;…
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November 3, 2020 in Association News

Regionalized Elected County Official Training

The Montana Association of Counties, in cooperation with the Local Government Center at MSU, will provide multiple regionalized trainings throughout Montana for this year’s Elected County Official Training. 
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November 2, 2020 in Association News

Christmas Eve is Still Not a Holiday

The day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve are still not holidays, even in 2020. Every year, MACo writes either a newsletter article and/or an email blast with this information. A…
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October 30, 2020 in Grants

State 911 Grant Program Open for Applications SFY 2021

The Montana Department of Administration has officially opened the 9-1-1 Grant Program for SFY 2021. The NEW grant application form is linked below and must be received by the department by…
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October 30, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

October 30th: MACo & LGC Answer Your CARES Act Questions

On October 30th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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October 29, 2020 in Association News

Congratulations to Doug Martens, Rosebud County Commissioner & MACo’s New President

Greetings to All of MACo! My name is Doug Martens, and I was recently elected as your new MACo President—it was certainly a different process due to the COVID restrictions.…
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October 27, 2020 in Association News

Interested In Serving on a MACo Committee?

MACo President Doug Martens will soon be making MACo committee appointments for the upcoming year, and we need your help.  If you're interested in serving, don't forget to submit your…
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October 16, 2020 in Association News, Coronavirus, Virtual Townhalls

October 16th: Townhall Answering Your CARES Act Questions

On October 16th, MACo and the Local Government Center hosted a virtual “townhall” to provide Montana’s counties with a venue and opportunity to share and learn from the situations and…
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September 25, 2020 in Association News

MACo 2nd Vice President Candidate: Commissioner Sidney Fitzpatrick, Big Horn County

I will be dedicated to MACo and will work to bring cooperation and diversity with other counties to ensure integrity in the 2nd Vice President position. I would respectfully serve…
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