Senate Bill No. 160
Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act authorizing a name change petition to proceed on a sealed-record basis when probable cause is shown that the safety of the petitioner is at risk; amending section
27-31-201, MCA; and providing an immediate effective date and an applicability date."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 27-31-201, MCA, is amended to read:
"27-31-201. Order setting hearing date -- notice -- safety. (1) When a petition setting out the matters contained in
27-31-101 or 27-31-102 is filed, the court or judge may appoint a time for hearing the petition. Except as provided in
subsection subsections (2) and (3), notice of the time and place of hearing the petition must be published for 4 successive
weeks in some newspaper published in the county, if a newspaper be is printed therein, but if no in the county. If a
newspaper be is not printed in the county, a copy of such the notice must be posted in at least three public places in the
county for a like period 4 successive weeks.
No publication Publication is not required for a change of name of a minor under 27-31-101 if both parents and all
legal guardians consent in writing.
(3) The court may allow a petition to proceed on a sealed-record basis when probable cause is shown that the safety of the petitioner is at risk."
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Applicability. [Section 1] applies to petitions filed on or after [the effective date of this act].
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.