The Senate and House are responsible for organizing and establishing rules to govern their respective chambers. The Senate is governed by Senate Rules and Joint Rules. The latter apply to both the House and Senate. Members of each chamber adopt new rules at the beginning of each legislative session.
The Senate is made up of 50 members elected to 4-year terms. Montanans elect half of the 50 members every 2 years. If you're not sure who represents you in the Senate, see "Find a Montana Legislator."
There are 17 Senate committees, which meet on varying schedules to hear public comment on proposed legislation. All committee meetings are open to the public. Members of the Senate Finance and Claims Committee also serve on several joint subcommittees, which meet to review and debate state spending proposals.
By Phone During legislative sessions, which occur in the first 4 months of odd-numbered years, you may leave a message for a legislator by calling the Session Information Desk, (406) 444-4800. This service is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to adjournment on Saturdays.
By Mail Address letters to: Senator (NAME) Montana Senate P.O. Box 200500 Helena, MT 59620-0500