During the legislative session, MACo posts the weekly hearings schedule for the bills that we are monitoring and actively participating.

Below are the bills scheduled for the week. If the text is bold and teal, then these are bills we are monitoring and potentially supporting, opposing, or working to amend. Bills highlighted green are MACo bills, and blue indicates the bills on which we are actively working. 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.
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Monday, January 25th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Health & Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Health Resources Division (HRD) Public Testimony: HRD
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 164 Revise temporary automatic domestic relations orders Connie Keogh (D) HD 91
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 19 Revise staffing and structure of Board of Crime Control Keith Regier (R) SD 3
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 50 Revise membership of the Board of Crime Control Diane Sands   (D) SD 49
9:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Education 472 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Tribal College Assistance Program, Research and Development Agencies
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
9:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on General Government 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Department of Labor & Industry – Workforce Services Division, Unemployment Insurance Division, Commissioner’s Office/Centralized Services Division
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
9:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Natural Resources & Transportation 317C HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Department of Environmental Quality
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
9:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement & Justice 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Department of Corrections
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
10:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 2 General Appropriations Act
HB 6 & HB 14 – RRGL stand-alone projects
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
10:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 6 Renewable Resource Grants Mike Hopkins (R) HD 92
10:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 11 Treasure State Endowment Program Wendy McKamey (R) HD 19
10:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 14 Long-Range Building Bonding Program Mike Hopkins (R) HD 92
2:30 PM (S) Education & Cultural Resources 422 HB 33 Clarify school funding related to anticipated enrollment increases Sue Vinton (R) HD 56
3:00 PM (H) Education 137 HB 143 Provide incentives for increasing starting teacher pay Llew Jones (R) HD 18
3:00 PM (H) Education 137 HB 179 Generally revise laws related to community colleges David Bedey (R) HD 86
3:00 PM (H) Education 137 HB 67 Generally revise community college funding laws Llew Jones (R) HD 18
3:00 PM (H) Energy, Technology & Federal Relations 472 HB 182 Revising laws related to utility deadband mechanisms Laurie Bishop (D) HD 60
3:00 PM (H) Natural Resources 172 HB 173 Revise laws regarding state timber sales Denley M Loge (R) HD 14
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 184 Generally revise bicycle laws regarding safety and lights Denley M Loge (R) HD 14
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 SB 5 Establish a memorial highway designation Russel (Russ) Tempel (R) SD 14
3:00 PM (S) Natural Resources 303 SR 4 Confirm Governor’s appointee for Director, Department of Environmental Quality Jeffrey W Welborn (R) SD 36
3:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare & Safety 317 HB 38 Establish legislative intent for home and community-based services waivers Tom Welch (R) HD 72
3:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare & Safety 317 HB 60 Clarify terminology used in voluntary CPS placement process Dennis R Lenz (R) HD 53
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 15 Revise election laws related to accessibility for disabled electors Janet Ellis (D) SD 41
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 89 Revise laws related to collection of union dues Keith Regier (R) SD 3
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 92 Disallow appointed county election administrators Gordon Vance (R) SD 34
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 93 Revise provisions related to poll watchers Gordon Vance (R) SD 34

 

Tuesday, January 26th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on General Government 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Department of Labor & Industry – Employment Relation Division, Business Standards Division, Technology Services Division, Office of Community Services, Workers’ Compensation Court Public Testimony Immediately Following – Department of Labor & Industry
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Health & Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Addictive & Mental Disorders Division (AMDD); Human & Community Services Division (HCSD) Public Testimony: AMDD;HCSD
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement & Justice 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Judicial Branch, Public Comment
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 183 Eliminate requirement that offenders pay public defender fees Danny Tenenbaum (D) HD 95
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 189 Generally revise criminal sentencing and judgment laws Danny Tenenbaum (D) HD 95
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 200 Establish laws prohibiting sanctuary cities in Montana Kenneth L Holmlund (R) HD 38
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 135 Provide for interim committee review of agency rules prior to adoption Steve Gunderson (R) HD 1
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 HB 178 Revise grant dispersal procedures for county veterans’ service offices David Bedey (R) HD 86
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 SB 1 Revise lobbying laws to update terminology and conform lobbying definition Douglas (Doug) Kary (R) SD 22
8:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 SB 21 Revise deposit of lobbying fee and repeal broadcasting special account Edith (Edie) McClafferty (D) SD 38
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 180 Generally revise board of plumbing laws Willis Curdy (D) HD 98
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 193 Allow unlimited winnings for sports boards Jimmy Patelis (R) HD 52
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 195 Revise insurance claims history information relating to property insurance Vince Ricci (R) HD 55
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 210 Provide for licensure of speech-language pathology and audiology assistants Moffie Funk (D) HD 82
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Education 472 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
MUS Group Insurance Program, MUS Workers’ Compensation Program, Educational Outreach & Diversity Program, Workforce Development Program
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 2 General Appropriations Act
HB 6 and HB 14 RRGL stand-alone projects Close Hearings on HB 6
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 6 Renewable Resource Grants Mike Hopkins (R) HD 92
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 14 Long-Range Building Bonding Program Mike Hopkins (R) HD 92
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Natural Resources & Transportation 317C HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Department of Environmental Quality
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 165 Increase vehicle fees to reduce residential property taxes Jeremy Trebas  (R) HD 26
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 170 Revise laws to include renewable hydrogen Tom Welch (R) HD 72
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 SB 34 Revise biodiesel blending and storage tax credit reporting requirements Jill Cohenour (D) SD 42
9:00 AM (S) Business, Labor & Economic Affairs 422 SB 117 Generally revise laws governing the Housing Montana Fund Tom Jacobson (D) SD 11
9:00 AM (S) Business, Labor & Economic Affairs 422 SB 118 Revise laws relating to false statements to employers and workers’ compensation Terry Gauthier (R) SD 40
9:00 AM (S) Business, Labor & Economic Affairs 422 SB 121 Revise definition of acupuncture to reflect modern techniques and standards Tom Jacobson (D) SD 11
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 127 Revise laws on the selection of municipal court judges Chris Friedel (R) SD 26
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 132 Require accommodations to employer-mandated vaccinations to be uniformly offered Keith Regier (R) SD 3
9:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SB 52 Revise lodging facility use tax and sales tax on lodging and rental cars Jason W Ellsworth (R) SD 43
2:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 66 Reauthorize securities restitution fund Terry Moore (R) HD 54
2:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 92 Establish compensation program for wrongfully convicted individuals Kathy Kelker (D) HD 47
3:00 PM (H) Agriculture 137 SB 26 Clarify use of tribal agreements for livestock producers within reservations Bruce Gillespie (R) SD 9
3:00 PM (H) Agriculture 137 SB 27 Allow multiplier reimbursement for loss of livestock Bruce Gillespie (R) SD 9
3:00 PM (H) Fish, Wildlife & Parks 172 HB 202 Make certain special hunting licenses once-in-a-lifetime harvest Denley M Loge (R) HD 14
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 123 Revise laws regarding the stringency of local septic regulations David Bedey (R) HD 86
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 134 Allow zoning for duplex, triplex, and fourplex housing in certain municipalities Danny Tenenbaum (D) HD 95
3:00 PM (S) Agriculture, Livestock & Irrigation 335 SB 106 Establish license and qualifications for veterinary technicians Walt Sales (R) SD 35
3:00 PM (S) Energy & Telecommunications 317 SB 84 Generally revise consumer committee laws Duane Ankney (R) SD 20
3:00 PM (S) Fish & Game 303 HB 120 Revising laws related to bonus points Denley M Loge (R) HD 14
3:00 PM (S) Fish & Game 303 SB 111 Revising laws re conditional hunting permits for disabled persons Brad Molnar (R) SD 28
3:00 PM (S) Highways & Transportation 405 SB 125 Revise certain junk disposal laws Mike Cuffe (R) SD 1
3:00 PM (S) Highways & Transportation 405 SR 5 Confirm Governor’s appointee for Director of Dept. of Transportation Gordon Vance (R) SD 34

 

Wednesday, January 27th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement & Justice 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Judicial Branch, Public Comment
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 194 Generally revise vehicle liability insurance parameters Fred Anderson (R) HD 20
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 215 Revise the definition of permissible fireworks Casey Knudsen (R) HD 33
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 218 Revise campus free speech laws Mike Hopkins (R) HD 92
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 130 Generally revise laws related to alternative project delivery contracts David Bedey (R) HD 86
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 177 Revise licensure requirements for professions under board of behavioral health Frank Garner (R) HD 7
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 198 Revise workers’ compensation death benefit laws Derek J Harvey (D) HD 74
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 199 Revise workers compensation laws relating to information and reopening of claims Derek J Harvey (D) HD 74
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 212 General revision of laws regarding general contractors Sara Novak (D) HD 77
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 213 Revise apprenticeship rules Jim Keane (D) HD 73
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Natural Resources & Transportation 317C HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Department of Environmental Quality; Public Comment
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 148 Revise property reappraisal cycle for class three and four property Linda Reksten  (R) HD 12
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 187 Provide for local option sales tax Dave Fern  (D) HD 5
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 190 Revise tax rate for golf courses Danny Tenenbaum  (D) HD 95
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 204 Provide tax credit for volunteer first responders Steve Gist  (R) HD 25
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 205 Provide tax credit for employers of volunteer first responders Steve Gist  (R) HD 25
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 SB 35 Repeal expired property tax exemption for electrical generation facilities Brian Hoven  (R) SD 13
9:00 AM (S) Business, Labor & Economic Affairs 422 HB 19 Revise laws related to off-premises beer/wine licenses Edward Buttrey (R) HD 21
9:00 AM (S) Business, Labor, & Economic Affairs 422 HB 74 Repeal medical malpractice insurance joint underwriting association Jane Gillette (R) HD 64
9:00 AM (S) Business, Labor & Economic Affairs 422 SB 119 Generally revise title insurance laws to include title guarantees John Esp (R) SD 30
9:00 AM (S) Business, Labor, & Economic Affairs 422 SB 129 Generally revise alcohol laws relating to department investigations Greg Hertz (R) SD 6
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 105 Generally revise unlawful transactions with children laws Ron Marshall (R) HD 87
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 28 Revise Board of Crime Control laws to remove duty to hear POST Council appeals Frank Fleming (R) HD 51
9:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 HB 51 Revise Achieving a Better Life Experience Act laws Jim Hamilton (D) HD 61
9:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SB 124 Revise laws related to student loans Shane A Morigeau (D) SD 48
1:30 PM (S) Finance & Claims 317 HB 21 Authorize funding for the multifamily coal trust home loan program Geraldine Custer (R) HD 39
1:30 PM (S) Finance & Claims 317 HB 62 Update water and wastewater revolving loan program Mike Hopkins (R) HD 92
1:30 PM (S) Finance & Claims 317 HB 96 Align organ donor awareness fund with administering agency Donavon Hawk (D) HD 76
1:30 PM (S) Finance & Claims 317 SB 110 Revise state employee and U-system health plan laws for temp state share holiday Ryan Osmundson (R) SD 15
1:30 PM (S) Finance & Claims 317 SB 58 Provide fund transfer for livestock losses Mike Cuffe (R) SD 1
2:30 PM (S) Education & Cultural Resources 422 HB 68 Provide early school enrollment for children of relocated military families Marta Bertoglio (R) HD 75
3:00 PM (H) Education 137 HB 166 Expanding the transformational learning program to include magnet schools Dave Fern (D) HD 5
3:00 PM (H) Education 137 HB 181 Reauthorizing the e-rate broadband program Katie Zolnikov (R) HD 45
3:00 PM (H) Education 137 HB 219 Create computer coding student employment pilot program Jonathan Windy Boy (D) HD 32
3:00 PM (H) Natural Resources 172 HB 131 Generally revise state cabin leasing laws David Bedey (R) HD 86
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 188 Generally revise electric vehicle laws and fees Denley M Loge (R) HD 14
3:00 PM (H) Transportation 455 HB 207 Generally revise school bus safety laws Neil Duram (R) HD 2
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 107 Extend close of regular registration until 10 days before election day Bryce Bennett (D) SD 50
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 130 Revise laws related to campaign finance complaints Theresa Manzella (R) SD 44
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 SB 94 Establishing Indigenous People’s Day Susan Webber (D) SD 8

 

Thursday, January 28th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on General Government 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Department of Commerce – Montana Office of Tourism & Business Development
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Health & Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Disability Employment & Transitions Division (DETD) Public Testimony: DETD
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement & Justice 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Judicial Branch, Public Comment
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 197 Generally revise laws related to gambling and player information Edward Buttrey (R) HD 21
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 214 Generally revise distribution of horseracing gambling fees Fred Anderson (R) HD 20
8:30 AM (H) Business & Labor 172 HB 217 Provide for licensure of genetic counselors Edward Buttrey (R) HD 21
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 2 General Appropriations Act
HB 8 – Renewable Resource Loan Program (RRGL) Open HB 8 Program introductions, updates, appropriations Water & wastewater project funding – Anna Miller Close hearings of HB 8 – HB 11 – Treasure State Endowment Regional Water Program (TSEPRW) HB 11 TSEPRW Program updates TSEPRW Projects
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 161 Revise calculation of capital gains tax credit Jim Hamilton  (D) HD 61
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 162 Eliminate state tax on social security income Paul Fielder  (R) HD 13
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 191 Revise residential property tax credit for elderly Mike Hopkins  (R) HD 92
8:30 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 203 Revise reporting requirements for third-party settlement organizations Jim Hamilton  (D) HD 61
9:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SR 6 Confirm Governor appointee to the State Tax Appeals Board Brian Hoven (R) SD 13
9:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SR 7 Confirm Governor’s appointee to the State Tax Appeal Board Brian Hoven (R) SD 13
9:00 AM (S) Taxation 405 SR 8 Confirm Governor’s appointee for Director of Dept. of Revenue Brian Hoven (R) SD 13
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 106 Prohibit expansion of the Montana clean indoor air act Ron Marshall (R) HD 87
3:00 PM (S) Highways & Transportation 405 SR 10 Confirm Governor’s appointees to the Board of Aeronautics Gordon Vance (R) SD 34
3:00 PM (S) Highways & Transportation 405 SR 9 Confirm Governor’s appointees to the Transportation Commission Gordon Vance (R) SD 34

 

Friday, January 29th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on General Government 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Department of Commerce – Montana Office of Tourism & Business Development
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Health & Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Child Support Services Division (CSSD) Public Testimony: CSSD
Llew Jones (R) HD 18
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps. Subcom. on Long-Range Planning 317B HB 2 General Appropriations Act
HB 7 Reclamation & Development Grant Program (RDGP) Open HB 7 Program introductions & updates HB 7 & HB 14 RDGP projects Close HB 7 hearings
Llew Jones (R) HD 18