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HOUSE BILL NO. 524
INTRODUCED BY B. EGGERS, G. ROUSH, J. HARP, H. HARPER, R. JABS, G. JERGESON, C. JUNEAU, A. MOHL, B. RANEY, F. THOMAS
AN ACT ALLOWING A TRIBAL GOVERNMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CERTIFIED COMMUNITIES PROGRAM AND THE TREASURE STATE ENDOWMENT PROGRAM; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 90-1-116 AND 90-6-701, MCA.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 90-1-116, MCA, is amended to read:
"90-1-116. State matching funds program for economic development -- distribution of proceeds -- criteria for grants -- local economic development matching funds. (1) As used in this section, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Certified community lead organization" means the entity that has been endorsed by resolution of a local governing body or a tribal government, as defined in 90-6-701(3)(e), and that meets and maintains requirements for certification established by the department.
(b) "Department" means the department of commerce provided for in 2-15-1801.
(2) The department shall create a program to provide state funds to match local economic development funds and to fund the certified communities program. The provision of state matching funds is contingent upon specific appropriations to the department for that purpose. The department shall distribute the funds in the following manner:
(a) 91% to certified community lead organizations, in the form of assistance grants;
(b) 8% to the department for administration of the certified communities program; and
(c) 1% to the department for certification assistance for noncertified communities. If there are no requests for certification assistance, the 1% allocation may be used by the department for administration of the certified communities program.
(3) An assistance grant to a certified community lead organization is based on an annual per capita payment for the area served by the organization, according to its population in the last completed federal census. The grant may not exceed $75,000 and may not be less than $3,000 a year.
(4) To be eligible to receive a grant, a certified community lead organization:
(a) must be designated as the lead organization by the local governing body;
(b) shall maintain department requirements for certification;
(c) shall match each $1 of the grant with $1 raised from public or private sources; and
(d) shall participate in regional meetings of certified communities.
(5) Grants under this section must be used to conduct economic development programs consistent with strategic plans that are adopted by the certified communities and that are filed with the department.
(6) The department shall use its portion of the proceeds to:
(a) administer the certified communities program;
(b) assist noncertified communities in seeking certification; and
(c) organize and conduct regional meetings of certified communities."
Section 2. Section 90-6-701, MCA, is amended to read:
"90-6-701. Treasure state endowment program created -- definitions. (1) (a) There is a treasure state endowment program that consists of:
(i) the treasure state endowment fund established in 17-5-703;
(ii) the infrastructure portion of the coal severance tax bond program provided for in 17-5-701(2).
(b) The treasure state endowment program may borrow from the board of investments to provide additional financial assistance for local government infrastructure projects under this part, provided that no part of the loan may be made from retirement funds.
(2) Interest from the treasure state endowment fund and from proceeds of the sale of bonds under 17-5-701(2) may be used to provide financial assistance for local government infrastructure projects under this part and to repay loans from the board of investments.
(3) As used in this part, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Infrastructure projects" means:
(i) drinking water systems;
(ii) wastewater treatment;
(iii) sanitary sewer or storm sewer systems;
(iv) solid waste disposal and separation systems, including site acquisition, preparation, or monitoring; or
(b) "Local government" means an incorporated city or town, a county, a consolidated local government, a tribal government, or a county or multicounty water, sewer, or solid waste district.
(c) "Treasure state endowment fund" means the coal severance tax infrastructure endowment fund established in 17-5-703(1)(b).
(d) "Treasure state endowment program" means the local government infrastructure investment program established in subsection (1).
(e) "Tribal government" means a federally recognized Indian tribe within the state of Montana."
Section 3. Agreements with tribal governments. (1) Agreements with tribal governments in Montana entered into under this part must contain, in addition to other appropriate terms and conditions, the following conditions:
(a) a requirement that in the event that a dispute or claim 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 will be brought in the district court of the first judicial district of the state of Montana;
(b) an express waiver of the tribal government's immunity from suit on any issue specifically arising from the transaction of a loan or grant; and
(c) an express waiver of any right to exhaust tribal remedies signed by the tribal government.
(2) Agreements with tribal governments must be approved by the secretary of the United States department of the interior whenever approval is necessary.
Section 4. 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.
Section 5. Codification instruction. [Section 3] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 90, chapter 6, part 7, and the provisions of Title 90, chapter 6, part 7, apply to [section 3].
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