During the legislative session, MACo posts the weekly hearings schedule for the bills in which we are monitoring and/or actively participating. Scroll down to view the list.

During the legislative session, MACo posts the weekly hearings schedule for the bills in which we are monitoring and/or actively participating. Scroll down to view the list.

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But, FIRST . . . What do all the colors mean?!

Bluish Green & Bold

Bills we are monitoring and potentially supporting, opposing, and/or working to amend–they may turn blue . . .

Blue Highlight

Bills on which we are actively working based on member-adopted policy statements.

Green Highlight

Bills pursued by MACo based on member-adopted resolutions.

Red & Bold

Executive Actions that may be happening on bills after they are heard in committee as the week progresses.

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Weekly Hearing Schedule

The committees, bill numbers, and sponsors are all linked to their respective information.

Please note that not all bills may be listed, as bills are consistently being scheduled, and this hearing schedule is updated in the evening.
To view all bills being heard for any particular day, click here.

Thursday, 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
Hearing & Public Testimony – Montana Consumer Counsel
Hearing & Public Testimony Immediately Following – Secretary of State
Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Health & Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Subcommittee Work Session & Public Testimony – Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs); Medicaid enrollment, the public health emergency, and federal action
Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Long Range Planning 317B HB 5 Long-range building appropriations
Hearing – University System projects
Joint Meeting with Sec. E (tentative) – Montana University System projects
Future costs of major projects for University System appropriated in HB 2
Mike Hopkins  (R) HD 92
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch Law Enforcement & Justice 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Hearing & Public Comment – Department of Corrections
Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 7 Revising laws related state prisons and county detention center telecommunications Tom McGillvray  (R) SD 23
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 SB 91 Eliminate jail penalties for littering Daniel Emrich  (R) SD 11
10:00 AM (H) State Administration 455 Upcoming Executive Action…
HB 173 – Revise laws related to security of vote tabulating machines
HB 186 – Revise dates for special purpose elections
HB 196 – Revise election laws related to the counting of votes
HB 206 – Generally revise mill levy election laws
HB 226 – Generally revise pension laws
SJ 4 – Provide for interim study of PERS and TRS
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 263 Revise insurance coverage for prescription eyedrop refills Amy Regier  (R) HD 6
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 273 Generally revise laws relating to the director of the state lottery Scot Kerns  (R) HD 23
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 305 Generally revise alcohol laws relating to manufacturing and retail Edward Buttrey  (R) HD 21
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 SB 20 Generally revise laws related to alcohol Steve Fitzpatrick  (R) SD 10
8:30 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Education 472 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Joint Meeting with Section F – Montana University System – Long Range Building Program Projects
Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SR 34 Confirm governor’s appointees for the board of private security Jason D Small  (R) SD 21
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SR 36 Confirm governor’s appointees for the board of funeral services Jason D Small  (R) SD 21
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SR 37 Confirm governor’s appointees for the state electrical board Jason D Small  (R) SD 21
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SR 39 Confirm governor’s appointees for the board of public accountants Jason D Small  (R) SD 21
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SR 41 Confirm governor’s appointees for board of architects and landscape architects Jason D Small  (R) SD 21
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 SR 42 Confirm governor’s appointees for board of professional engineers/land surveyors Jason D Small  (R) SD 21
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 Upcoming Executive Action…
SB 174 – Allow counties funding for broadband infrastructure
9:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Nat Rsrcs & Transportation 317C HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Informational Session – Good Neighbor Authority, Fire Suppression Funding
Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
9:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 HB 268 Establish a child tax credit through the individual income tax Joshua Kassmier  (R) HD 27
9:00 AM (H) Taxation 152 Upcoming Executive Action…
HB 251 – Provide budget stability through investment and liability reduction
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 111 Revise laws related to assignment of counsel at public expense Jodee Etchart  (R) HD 48
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 HB 83 Revise administration of Family Violence Prevention Services Act grants Amy Regier  (R) HD 6
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 201 Revise judicial recusal laws when parties made campaign contributions Greg Hertz  (R) SD 6
9:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 Upcoming Executive Action…
SB 11 – Generally revise criminal justice system laws
12:15 PM ——————– 114 ———– LFD’s 2nd Entitlement Share Training for Legislators —————–
1:00 PM House Floor Session
2nd Reading Bills of Interest…

3rd Reading Bills of Interest…

HB 107 – Generally revise the duties of SERC

1:00 PM Senate Floor Session
2nd Reading Bills of Interest…

SB 142 – Provide oversight of local impact fee laws

3rd Reading Bills of Interest…

SB 119 -Provide tribal property tax exemption to tribal members 

2:30 PM (S) Finance and Claims 317 SB 108 Revise laws related to proof of vehicle insurance Barry Usher  (R) SD 20
2:30 PM (S) Finance and Claims 317 SB 132 Revise agricultural education laws Becky Beard  (R) SD 40
2:30 PM (S) Finance and Claims 317 SB 19 Generally revise disorderly conduct sentencing laws Keith Regier  (R) SD 3
2:30 PM (S) Finance and Claims 317 SB 54 Revise centrally assessed property appraisals Greg Hertz  (R) SD 6
2:30 PM (S) Finance and Claims 317 SB 89 Create pretrial diversion pilot program Ryan Lynch  (D) SD 37
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 119 Provide funding for public safety pension systems Marta Bertoglio  (R) HD 75
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 16 Revise laws relating to child abuse and neglect proceedings Jennifer Carlson  (R) HD 69
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 163 Revise and extend Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force Tyson T Running Wolf  (D) HD 16
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 20 Appropriation for the MSU Local Government Center Dave Fern  (D) HD 5
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 29 Revise laws related to involuntary commitment of people with dementia or TBI Jennifer Carlson  (R) HD 69
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 102 HB 292 Make board of public accountants enterprise fund permanent Julie Dooling  (R) HD 70
3:00 PM (H) Appropriations 137 Upcoming Executive Action…
HB 11 – Montana coal endowment program (Section F)
HB 188 – Extend funding to Coal Board
HB 267 – Create SAFER account for federal highway grants
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 265 Revise laws related to marijuana dispensaries and licenses Tanner Smith  (R) HD 11
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 286 Allow use of HEART funds for youth suicide prevention efforts Mary Caferro  (D) HD 82
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 SB 5 Remove requirement for a county to publish public notice in an adjacent county Mary Ann Dunwell  (D) SD 42
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 SB 98 Revise the jurisdiction area of municipal health boards Keith Regier  (R) SD 3
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 HB 246 Allow for the zoning of tiny dwelling units Scot Kerns  (R) HD 23
3:00 PM (H) Local Government 472 Upcoming Executive Action…
HB 211 – Revise the local subdivision review process
HB 215 – Revise the definition of the governing body of a local health board
3:00 PM (S) Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation HB 85 Expand MEPA categorical exclusions Marty Malone  (R) HD 59
3:00 PM (S) Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation SB 203 Revise law for transfer of critical infrastructure and agricultural land Kenneth Bogner  (R) SD 19
3:00 PM (S) Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation SR 28 Confirm governor’s appointee for director of department of agriculture Mike Lang  (R) SD 17
3:00 PM (S) Highways and Transportation 405 HB 26 Generally revise highway use laws George Nikolakakos  (R) HD 26
3:00 PM (S) Highways and Transportation 405 HB 27 Providing notice of nonstandard penalties for certain traffic violations Neil Duram  (R) HD 2
3:00 PM (S) Highways and Transportation 405 Upcoming Executive Action…
SB 57 – Allow department of transportation to use alternative project delivery methods
4:30 PM (S) Joint Select Committee on Election Security 303 N/A Concluding with Election Processes; and Enforcement of Election Laws N/A

 

Friday, January 27th

Time

Committee

Room

Bill No.

Short Title

Sponsor

8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on General Government 350 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Work Group
Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Long Range Planning 317B HB 5 Long-range building appropriations
Hearing – LRBP Projects
Introduction, Updates & Projects – FWP Program
Mike Hopkins  (R) HD 92
8:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Judicial Branch Law Enforcement & Justice 317A HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Hearing & Public Comment – Department of Corrections
Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 301 Revise laws relating to dangerous drugs Denise Baum  (D) HD 47
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 308 Establish registry of forensic state hospital patients for limited purposes Michael Yakawich  (R) HD 51
8:00 AM (H) Judiciary 137 HB 315 Remove minimum penalty for suspended license Scot Kerns  (R) HD 23
8:00 AM (S) Judiciary 303 SB 99 Provide for a youth health protection act John Fuller  (R) SD 4
8:30 AM (H) Business and Labor 172 HB 277 Revise workers compensation laws relating to the State Auditor Nelly Nicol  (R) HD 53
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 HB 31 Generally revise laws related to academic brewers license Ross H Fitzgerald  (R) HD 17
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 HB 41 Revise laws to expand incumbent worker training eligibility and awards James Bergstrom  (R) HD 30
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 HB 68 Generally revise laws related to beer and wine licenses George Nikolakakos  (R) HD 26
8:30 AM (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs 422 HB 69 Generally revise laws related to agency liquor stores Terry Falk  (R) HD 8
10:00 AM (H) Joint Approps Subcom on Health & Human Services 102 HB 2 General Appropriations Act
Public Testimony – Tribal Communities and Members
Llew Jones  (R) HD 18
2:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 HB 102 Revise laws related to accrediting agencies for health care facilities Jane Gillette  (R) HD 64
2:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 HB 116 Strengthen qualified provider pool statute for children’s mental health services Jane Gillette  (R) HD 64
2:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 HB 65 Revise cost reporting requirements for home and community-based services Terry Moore  (R) HD 54
2:00 PM (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety 317 SB 198 Revise laws related to behavioral health peer support specialists Jen Gross  (D) SD 25
3:00 PM (H) Education 137 HB 287 Revise laws related to Indian language preservation Jonathan Windy Boy  (D) HD 32
3:00 PM (H) Education 137 HB 288 Revise laws related to tuition waivers for American Indian students Jonathan Windy Boy  (D) HD 32
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 302 Insurance coverage for 12-month supply of birth control Alice Buckley  (D) HD 63
3:00 PM (H) Human Services 152 HB 310 Require report on the use of HEART funds Jennifer Carlson  (R) HD 69
3:00 PM (S) Natural Resources 303 SB 207 Clarify final decree process for compacts Bob Brown  (R) SD 7
3:00 PM (S) State Administration SB 49 Generally revise cabin site sales Mike Cuffe  (R) SD 1
3:00 PM (S) State Administration 335 Upcoming Executive Action…
SB 86 – Limiting the number of registered voters in each election precinct
SB 156 – Require elected county clerks to run nonpartisan

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