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SENATE BILL NO. 57
INTRODUCED BY S. STANG
BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION TO ADOPT RULES FOR THE ACCEPTABLE USES OF STATE-OWNED OR LEASED MOTOR VEHICLES; AMENDING SECTION 2-17-421, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Acceptable uses -- rulemaking. (1) The department of administration shall adopt reasonable rules defining the acceptable uses for a state-owned or leased motor vehicle. The rules may allow for limited personal use of a state-owned or leased motor vehicle for emergency, travel-related purposes and other lawful activities that do not result in excessive mileage or excessive wear and tear on the motor vehicle. The rules may not permit the routine personal use of a state-owned or leased vehicle that is assigned to an employee on a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week basis.
(2) The department of administration shall adopt reasonable rules governing the determination of when the use of privately owned vehicles on state business may be justified as in the best interest of the state.
Section 2. Section 2-17-421, MCA, is amended to read:
"2-17-421. Use -- state business only -- exception -- compensation for driving personal vehicle -- penalty for
private use. (1)
A Except as provided in [section 1], a state officer or employee may not use a state-owned or leased motor
vehicle for his own personal and private use , nor may he be compensated for driving his own a personal motor vehicle unless
that motor vehicle is used on state business.
The department of transportation may require that a Except for vehicles that have been approved for confidential
license plates by the attorney general in accordance with 44-4-201, a decal must be affixed to the instrument panel
windshield of each state-owned or leased vehicle, with the following information contained on the decal:
"Any officer or employee of
the state government who uses or authorizes the use of any state-owned motor-propelled or
leased motor vehicle , or of any motor-propelled vehicle leased by the state government, for other than official purposes in
violation of the acceptable use rules provided for in [section 1] may be removed from office by the head of the department
or establishment concerned." (3) The private use of state-owned or leased motor vehicles for emergency travel-related purposes or exceptional
circumstances by employees in a travel status may be approved by the head of the department or agency concerned. (4)(3) The head of the a department or agency concerned may terminate the employment of any employee using
state-owned or leased vehicles for personal or private use in violation of the rules provided for in [section 1]."
Section 3. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 2, chapter 17, part 4, and the provisions of Title 2, chapter 17, part 4, apply to [section 1].
Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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