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A timely (and hopefully entertaining) update (and unsolicited perspectives) provided by Shantil Siaperas–MACo Communications Director & Editor of MACo’s Legislative Update–to keep you apprised of what’s happening on the Hill during the 2023 Legislative Session.

An Update & Unsolicited Perspectives Provided by Shantil Siaperas, MACo Communications Director & Editor of MACo’s Legislative Update

MACo's Legislative Update

Volume 27, Issue 12
Published April 10, 2023
Published April 10, 2023
Volume 27, Issue 12

(If you’re not interested in the meandering thoughts of a rambling lobbyist and just want to checkout MACo’s Legislative Update, I sympathize. Click the button below for instant access to our twelfth issue of the session.)

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Continue Reading the Unsolicited Perspectives and Meandering Thoughts of a Rambling Lobbyist…

Easter Break’ing time. (No Legislative Session’ing allowed.)

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?

Moving on…

Just a few updates before I bid you adieux.

The Legislature will reconvene tomorrow for more Legislative Session’ing, with the Senate convening at 1 p.m. on the Floor. (View agenda here.)

On Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., the House will assemble all day for either multiple long agendas or one very VERY long agenda. (View all possible agendas here.)

Fun Fact: To be considered an official “Legislative Day,” only one Chamber needs to convene, i.e. “gavel in,” on the Floor (committee meetings do not constitute a “Legislative Day”).

Also of note is that tomorrow there will be only two bill hearings, both in the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee. The Senate Finance & Claims Committee as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee will also convene, but only to perform Executive Action on previously heard legislation. (Watch all the action here.)

Lastly, the Legislative Calendar has been updated for the third time…or is it the fourth? I’ve lost count (not uncommon at this point in the session). This time, Leadership pushed forward the upcoming “amendment transmittal” deadlines:

  • General bills with amendments must now transmit back to their Chamber of origination by LD 76 as opposed to 73, which is April 18th; and
  • Revenue and Appropriation bills must transmit by LD 82 as opposed to 80, which is April 26th).

Much like my memory being shotty, pushing deadlines forward is not uncommon, especially around the Legislature’s Easter Break. (Check out the fully updated calendar in our Legislative Update.)

That’s it for now, Folks! I’m headed off to do all the things that may or may not be overdue, all of which we will never speak ever again.

Until next week, au revoir!

PS – 19 Legislative Days remaining…

And Don’t Forget…

If you find yourself on uneven footing during the legislative session at any time, no worries. We’re here to help keep you apprised of what’s happening on the hill. Every week until Sine Die during these trying and perplexing times (i.e., the Legislative Session), we’ll be releasing a new issue of the MACo Legislative Update (linked below and above).

Each issue always has an up-to-date session calendar, an easy-to-print bill hearings schedule for the upcoming week, and the status of all the bills we’re currently watching as well as those in which we’re actively involved. Click the button below to check out the new issue.

Pro Tip: Our website’s hearing schedule is updated daily, with new hearings added as the week progresses, so be sure to check it out! It also has links to testify remotely and/or submit written public comment as well as watch legislative bill hearings.

For other pertinent information regarding the legislative session, visit the policy section of our website.

That’s all for now! See you either virtually via the internet highway or in the halls!

—Fin.—
(the end…of the update, not the session, obvi)

Questions?

Eric Bryson

Executive Director
Phone: 406-461-2084
ebryson@mtcounties.org

Jason Rittal

Deputy Director
406-441-5464
jrittal@mtcounties.org

Karen Alley

Associate General Counsel
Phone: 406-441-5472
kalley@mtcounties.org

Shantil Siaperas

Communications Director
Phone: 406-925-1134
shantil@mtcounties.org