House Bill No. 362
Introduced By anderson
By Request of the House Committee on Transportation
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act allowing the department of transportation and a local governing body or a tribal
government to exchange maintenance responsibilities on roads and public highways
within their respective jurisdictions;
PLACING ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS ON AGREEMENTS WITH TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS; and amending section
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 60-2-204, MCA, is amended to read:
"60-2-204. Maintenance agreements with local or tribal governments. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the
The department may enter into an agreement with a local governing body to maintain portions of public highways within
its boundaries upon terms and conditions as may be agreed upon, provided that, in the case of highways in the state
maintenance system as referred to in 60-2-128 and 60-2-203: (1)(a) the department shall bear the entire cost of maintenance, operation, and construction work performed by the local
governing body pursuant to these agreements; and (2)(b) the department is responsible for the entire cost of placement and maintenance of all traffic control devices involved
in these agreements required by 61-8-203.
(2) The department and a local governing body or a tribal government may enter into a mutually beneficial agreement to
exchange the maintenance duties on portions of any roads or public highways
within their respective jurisdictions. The
entire cost of maintenance must be borne by the entity performing the maintenance. AGREEMENTS WITH TRIBAL
GOVERNMENTS TO EXCHANGE MAINTENANCE DUTIES ON PORTIONS OF ROADS OR PUBLIC HIGHWAYS
MUST CONTAIN, IN ADDITION TO OTHER APPROPRIATE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, THE FOLLOWING
(A) A REQUIREMENT THAT IN THE EVENT A DISPUTE ARISES UNDER THE AGREEMENT, STATE LAW WILL GOVERN AS TO THE INTERPRETATION AND PERFORMANCE OF THE AGREEMENT AND THAT ANY JUDICIAL PROCEEDING CONCERNING THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT MUST BE BROUGHT IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA;
(B) AN EXPRESS WAIVER OF SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY SIGNED BY THE TRIBAL GOVERNMENT; AND
(C) AN EXPRESS WAIVER OF ANY RIGHT TO EXHAUST TRIBAL REMEDIES SIGNED BY THE TRIBAL GOVERNMENT.
(3) As used in this section, "tribal government" means a federally recognized Indian tribe located within the boundaries of the state of Montana.
(4) THE AGREEMENTS AUTHORIZED IN THIS SECTION MUST COMPLY WITH TITLE 7, CHAPTER 11, PART 1, THE INTERLOCAL COOPERATION ACT, OR WITH TITLE 18, CHAPTER 11, THE STATE-TRIBAL COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS ACT."
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Notification to tribal governments. The secretary of state shall send a copy of [this act] to each tribal government located on the seven Montana reservations.