House Joint Resolution No. 24
Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________
A Joint Resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the State of Montana consenting to the construction of a chapel at the institution of the Montana Women's Correctional System in Billings and a church at the Montana developmental center in Boulder and the moving of a church structure from the Galen campus to the Warm Springs campus.
WHEREAS, section 18-2-102, MCA, requires legislative consent for construction projects in excess of $50,000; and
WHEREAS, section 18-2-102, MCA, authorizes use of a joint resolution to express legislative consent when an appropriation is not required; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Corrections wishes to allow the construction of an interfaith chapel for worship and related activities at the institution of the Women's Correctional System in Billings through private funds for which a legislative appropriation is not required; and
WHEREAS, a small, dedicated chapel is included in current expansion plans to be funded through a statewide effort by a network of churches, civic and service groups, and individual Montana volunteers and through grants from national and state sources; and
WHEREAS, the project at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder will include a church building on the north campus to be constructed by using funds raised in a nationwide effort; and
WHEREAS, the building will enable the residents of the Montana Developmental Center and the community of Boulder to have a place for worship and church-related activities and will provide office space for the chaplain; and
WHEREAS, a group of women from around Montana built a church at Galen many years ago and have consented to having the structure moved 6 miles to the Warm Springs Campus, and funds that will be raised through a nationwide effort will finance moving the structure and preparing a foundation, wiring, and plumbing for it; and
WHEREAS, this building will allow for a dedicated space for religious worship and activities for the chaplain and the residents of the Montana State Hospital.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That the Senate and the House of Representatives of the State of Montana consent to the construction projects for:
(1) a chapel at the institution of the Women's Correctional System in Billings;
(2) a church at the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder; and
(3) preparing a foundation, wiring, and plumbing for the facility church structure moved from Galen to Warm Springs.