House Bill No. 362

Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________

By Request of the House Committee on Transportation

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act allowing the department of transportation and a local governing body or a tribal government to exchange maintenance responsibilities on roads and public highways within their respective jurisdictions; and amending section

60-2-204, MCA."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

Section 1.  Section 60-2-204, MCA, is amended to read:

"60-2-204.   Maintenance agreements with local or tribal governments. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the The department may enter into an agreement with a local governing body to maintain portions of public highways within its boundaries upon terms and conditions as may be agreed upon, provided that, in the case of highways in the state maintenance system as referred to in 60-2-128 and 60-2-203:

(1)(a)  the department shall bear the entire cost of maintenance, operation, and construction work performed by the local governing body pursuant to these agreements; and

(2)(b)  the department is responsible for the entire cost of placement and maintenance of all traffic control devices involved in these agreements required by 61-8-203.

(2) The department and a local governing body or a tribal government may enter into a mutually beneficial agreement to exchange the maintenance duties on portions of any roads or public highways within their respective jurisdictions. The entire cost of maintenance must be borne by the entity performing the maintenance.

(3) As used in this section, "tribal government" means a federally recognized Indian tribe located within the boundaries of the state of Montana."

NEW SECTION. Section 2.  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.