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HOUSE BILL NO. 56
INTRODUCED BY R. MENAHAN
AN ACT ELIMINATING THE LEGISLATIVE PAY OPTION OF REMUNERATION FOR SERVICES PERFORMED; AMENDING SECTION 5-2-301, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 5-2-301, MCA, is amended to read:
"5-2-301. Compensation and expenses for members while in session. (1)
Except as provided in subsection (8),
legislators Legislators are entitled to a salary commensurate to that of the daily rate of an entry grade 8 classified state
employee in effect when the regular session of the legislature in which they serve is convened under 5-2-103 for those days
during which the legislature is in session. The president of the senate and the speaker of the house shall receive an
additional $5 a day in salary for those days during which the legislature is in session.
(2) Legislators may serve for no salary.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), legislators are entitled to a daily allowance, 7 days a week, during a legislative session, as reimbursement for expenses incurred in attending a session. Expense payments must stop when the legislature recesses for more than 3 days and resume when the legislature reconvenes.
(4) After November 15, and prior to December 15 of each even-numbered year, the department of administration shall conduct a survey of the allowance for daily expenses of legislators for the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho. The department shall include the average daily expense allowance for Montana legislators in determining the average daily rate for legislators. The department shall include only states with specific daily allowances in the calculation of the average. If the average daily rate is greater than the daily rate for legislators in Montana, the average is the new daily rate for legislators for those days during which the legislature is in session. The expense allowance is effective when the next regular session of the legislature in which the legislators serve is convened under 5-2-103.
(5) Legislators are entitled to a mileage allowance as provided in 2-18-503 for each mile of travel to the place of the holding of the session and to return to their place of residence at the conclusion of the session.
(6) In addition to the mileage allowance provided for in subsection (5), legislators, upon submittal of an appropriate claim for mileage reimbursement to the legislative services division, are entitled to:
(a) three additional round trips to their place of residence during each regular session; and
(b) additional round trips as authorized by the legislature during special session.
(7) Legislators are not entitled to any additional mileage allowance under subsection (5) for a special session if it is convened within 7 days of a regular session.
(8) In lieu of the salary provided for in subsection (1) and the expense allowance provided for in subsection (4), a
legislator may receive remuneration for services performed during a legislative session. A legislator choosing to receive
remuneration for services performed shall file a request to receive payment under this subsection with the legislative
services division. A legislator exercising the option to receive remuneration for services performed may not receive more
remuneration than legislators paid pursuant to subsections (1) and (4). Remuneration for services performed must be
reduced by an amount a day equal to the daily expense allowance for a legislator established under this section when the
legislature recesses for more than 3 days."
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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