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Children, Families, Health, & Human Services Interim Committee 2009-2010

Meetings l Assigned Studies l Emerging Issues l Publications l Staff l Contact Us

The Children and Families Interim Committee is a joint bipartisan committee of the Legislature that meets between legislative sessions to monitor the Department of Public Health and Human Services; conduct interim studies; and generally review issues related to health and human services, particularly emerging issues. During this interim, the committee conducted the Senate Joint Resolution 35 study of health care and the House Joint Resolution 39 study of community services for people with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental illness,

Committee members adopted a work plan for the interim at their June 2009 meeting. In April 2010, they added a review of the Montana Medical Marijuana Act to their work plan, as an emerging issue.

The Committee's interim activities are summarized in its final report, Examining Health Care: From Congressional Reforms to Cannabis.


Final Meeting of Full Committee: August 23-24, 2010
    Aug 23: Agenda -- Materials -- Meeting Audio and Video -- Meeting Timeline
    Aug. 24: Agenda -- Materials -- Meeting Audio and Video -- Meeting Timeline

Final Meeting of the Medical Marijuana Subcommittee: Aug. 12, 2010
Agenda -- Materials -- Meeting Audio -- Meeting Video

Committee Membership -- Full Meeting Schedule -- Sign Up for E-Updates

Assigned Studies

The committee conducted two studies approved by the 2009 Legislature. Click on the links below for reports and other information prepared or presented as part of each study.

  • SJR 35: Health Care
  • HRJ 39: Community Services for Developmentally Disabled

Emerging Issues: Medical Marijuana

The committee decided in April 2010 to take up, as an emerging issue, topics related to the Montana Medical Marijuana Act. The committee made the decision because of the questions raised by many people in state and local government, law enforcement, and the medical marijuana industry. The committee asked for recommendations from a work group and then appointed a subcommittee that met three times between late June and mid-August.

The committee approved three bill drafts relating to medical marijuana at its final meeting in August and took public comment specific to the drafts through Sept. 1, for consideration as the final bills are developed. Throughout the period the committee worked on this issue, members received copies of all public comment received electronically and by mail. The committee also received a summary of the public comment received through Aug. 23 at its final meeting of the interim.

The next opportunity for the public to comment will occur when the bills are heard and acted on during the 2011 Legislature.

More information about committee, subcommittee, and work group activities related to this topic is available on the Emerging Issue: Medical Marijuana Web page.



Contact Us

Legislative Services Division
PO Box 201706
Helena, MT 59620-1706
Phone: (406) 444-3064
Fax: (406) 444-3036

If you prefer to receive committee agendas by mail rather than e-mail, please send a request to the above address or click here to send your request by e-mail. Please be sure to provide your name and a mailing address and specify that your request is for the Children and Families Committee.


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