Law and Justice Interim Committee Plays Catchup and Plans Travel

Committee: Law and Justice Interim Committee
Author: Rachel Weiss
Posted on February 16, 2018

After a special session forced the cancellation of a November 2017 meeting, the LJIC members used January’s meeting to catch up with interim study and agency oversight duties.

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Economic Affairs Interim Committee Acts on Meat Processing, Liquor Auction Concerns

Committee: Economic Affairs Interim Committee
Author: Pat Murdo
Posted on February 15, 2018

The Legislature’s Economic Affairs Interim Committee at its Feb. 7 meeting responded to diverse discussions--one on meat processing inspections and the other on liquor auctions--by voting to send letters voicing concerns about each activity. The committee also met as a subcommittee on Feb. 8 to discuss the future of Montana State Fund, the state’s largest supplier of workers’ compensation coverage.

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Health Care Price Transparency Subcommittee to Look at Consumer Needs

Committee: Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee
Author: Sue O'Connell
Posted on February 8, 2018

A group reviewing transparency in health care pricing will consider the types of information that might be most useful to consumers when it meets in Helena on Feb. 16.

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ETIC Furthers its Studies of Utility Decoupling, Begins Integrated Resource Planning Review

Committee: Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee
Author: Trevor Graff
Posted on February 5, 2018

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) furthered its studies of utility decoupling and natural gas consumer choice in the state during its January 16 meeting in Helena.

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EQC Examines Ways to Pay for Forest Fires and AIS

Committee: Environmental Quality Council
Author: Joe Kolman
Posted on February 5, 2018

At its January meeting, the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) examined how other states pay for fighting forest fires and aquatic invasive species.

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SAVA Committee to Meet on a New Date, March 6

Committee: State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee
Author: Sheri Scurr
Posted on February 5, 2018

The meeting date for the State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee (SAVA) has been changed to March 6. According to the preliminary agenda for this one-day meeting, the meeting will start at 8 a.m. in Room 102 of the Capitol.

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Education Interim Committee Covers P-20 Education Continuum

Committee: Education Interim Committee
Author: Pad McCracken
Posted on February 1, 2018

The Education Interim Committee met in Helena on Jan. 22-23 and took a look at Montana’s education system spanning preschool to postsecondary.

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Water Policy Committee to Meet on Feb. 9

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on February 1, 2018

The Water Policy Interim Committee will meet on Feb. 9 to discuss the committee’s response to a recent administrative rule proposed by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. The committee will consider its ongoing objection to Montana Administrative Register Notice No. 36-22-196.

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Interim Committee Encourages Changes in DD Rate Structure, TCM Cuts

Committee: Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee
Author: Sue O'Connell
Posted on January 29, 2018

A legislative committee has asked the Department of Public Health and Human Services to talk with providers of community services for developmentally disabled people to hear their ideas on how to change the reimbursement rate structure and to see if they would accept reduced rates for providing targeted case management (TCM) services.

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Meat processing, Workforce Concerns, State Fund Top Legislative Panel’s Agenda

Committee: Economic Affairs Interim Committee
Author: Pat Murdo
Posted on January 26, 2018

In the Economic Affairs Interim Committee’s Feb. 7-8 meeting the focus will be on meat processing plants, workforce development on reservations, and the future of Montana State Fund as the state’s guaranteed provider of workers’ compensation. The eight-member legislative committee will meet in Room 137 of the Capitol; the public is welcome.

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Water Policy Committee Praises Proposed Water Quality Variances

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on January 24, 2018

At its Jan 8-9 meeting, members of the Water Policy Interim Committee backed proposed permit variances from certain water pollution permits while continuing to object to a proposed administrative rule related to exempt groundwater wells.

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Meeting Set for January 29th and 30th

Committee: Law and Justice Interim Committee
Author: Rachel Weiss
Posted on January 22, 2018

The Law and Justice Interim Committee (LJIC) will meet on January 29 and 30 in Room 102 of the State Capitol, beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 29 and continuing at 8 a.m. on Jan. 30.

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Education Interim Committee to meet in Helena January 22-23

Committee: Education Interim Committee
Author: Pad McCracken
Posted on January 12, 2018

The Education Interim Committee will be meeting Monday-Tuesday, January 22-23, 2018, in Helena at the State Capitol, Room 137. An agenda has been posted to the committee website. The committee’s November meeting scheduled to take place in Bozeman in conjunction with a meeting of the Board of Regents of Higher Education was canceled due to the special session.

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New Subcommittee to Study Montana’s Tax Structure, Economy meets Jan. 17

Committee: Legislative Finance Committee
Author: Susie Lindsay
Posted on January 11, 2018


The Joint Subcommittee on the Changing Economy and Impacts to the Long-Term Viability of Montana’s Tax Structure will meet at 1 p.m. on Jan. 17 in Room 152 of the State Capitol Building.

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Committee to Take Up Medicaid Expansion, DD, Prescription Drug Price Studies

Committee: Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee
Author: Sue O'Connell
Posted on January 10, 2018

A legislative committee will delve into topics ranging from Medicaid expansion to services for people with developmental disabilities and planned reductions in state health and human services spending when it meets Jan. 18-19 in Helena.

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Legislative Council Holds Meeting in Bozeman

Committee: Legislative Council
Author: Susan Byorth Fox
Posted on January 8, 2018

The Legislative Council met on December 13, 2017, at Montana State University in Bozeman. The council is spending this interim on public outreach across the state. The next meeting will be March 14, 2018 in the Pablo and Polson area.

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ETIC to Hold Meeting on January 16

Committee: Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee
Author: Trevor Graff
Posted on January 5, 2018

The third meeting of the 2017-2018 Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) is January 16.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in Room 152 of the State Capitol.

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Coal, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Training Bird Dogs Among the Topics for the January Meeting

Committee: Environmental Quality Council
Author: Joe Kolman
Posted on January 5, 2018

A legislative committee will examine the coal industry in Montana and the effects of changes in coal production at its January meeting.

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Montana AIS Funding Under Review

Committee: Environmental Quality Council
Author: Hope Stockwell
Posted on January 4, 2018

With the hydroelectric and fishing fees that fund Montana’s aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention and control programs set to expire in the next 2 years, the Legislature’s Environmental Quality Council (EQC) will discuss in January what future funding could look like.

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Water Committee Seeks Ideas on Exempt Well Issues

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on December 27, 2017

After unsuccessful past legislative attempts and in the wake of a significant court ruling, a legislative committee is seeking ideas to modify state policy revolving around exempt groundwater wells.

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First Meeting of LFC Since the November Special Session

Committee: Legislative Finance Committee
Author: Amy Carlson
Posted on December 19, 2017


The Legislative Finance Committee had its first meeting since the November Special Session on Dec. 11, 2017, in Helena.

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RTIC to Work on Tax Structure Study Bill for Introduction in 2019 Session

Committee: Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee
Author: Megan Moore
Posted on December 11, 2017

The Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee continued its interim work at a Dec. 5 meeting in Helena.

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Bozeman Hosts Leaders of Montana Legislature: Legislative Council Meets on December 13

Committee: Legislative Council
Author: Susan Byorth Fox
Posted on December 7, 2017

The leadership of the Montana Legislature is meeting in Bozeman Dec. 13 to solicit ideas for improving the people's branch of government. The meeting convenes at 10:30 a.m. in the Plant Biosciences Building, Room 108, on the MSU campus.

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Legislative Audit Committee to review DPHHS, The Montana University System including the Commissioner’s Office, Montana State Fund, and the OPI at the December Meeting

Committee: Legislative Audit Committee
Author: Angus Maciver
Posted on December 4, 2017

The Legislative Audit Committee (LAC) will meet Tuesday, December 12-13, 2017, in room 172 of the State Capitol. The LAC ensures accountability for the disposition and use of public funds, and the efficient and effective management of state government programs.

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RTIC Continues Interim Studies and Considers State Tax Structure Study

Committee: Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee
Author: Megan Moore
Posted on December 4, 2017

The Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee meets next on December 5 in Room 137 of the Capitol in Helena beginning at 8 a.m.

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