HOUSE BILL NO. 632
INTRODUCED BY J. BAHR, B. BESSETTE, S. MORIGEAU, A. OLSEN, T. RUNNINGWOLF, B. SMITH, S. STEWART PEREGOY, J. WINDY BOY, S. WEBBER
AN ACT REQUIRING A DECENNIAL REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS AND IMPACTS OF INDIAN RESERVATIONS TO MONTANA; PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION; AMENDING SECTION 90-1-105, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
"90-1-105. Functions of department of commerce -- economic development. The department of commerce shall:
(1) provide coordinating services to aid state and local groups and Indian tribal governments in the promotion of new economic enterprises and conduct publicity and promotional activities in connection with new economic enterprises;
(2) collect and disseminate information regarding the advantages of developing agricultural, recreational, commercial, and industrial enterprises within this state;
(3) serve as an official state liaison between persons interested in locating new economic enterprises in Montana and state and local groups and Indian tribal governments seeking new enterprises;
(4) aid communities and Indian tribal governments interested in obtaining new business or expanding existing business;
(5) (a) study and promote means of expanding markets for Montana products; and
(b) provide training and assistance for Montana small businesses and entrepreneurs to expand markets for made-in-Montana products;
(6) encourage and coordinate public and private agencies or bodies in publicizing the facilities and attractions of the state;
(7) starting in 2020, publish a decennial report, to be authored by the bureau of business and economic research at the University of Montana, on the economic contributions and impacts of Indian reservations in Montana based on federal, state, local, tribal, and private inputs. Copies of the report must be provided to the governor, each tribal government in Montana, the state-tribal economic development commission, and the state-tribal relations committee, and the report must be published on the department's website.
(7)(8) explore the use of cooperative agreements, as provided in Title 18, chapter 11, part 1, for the promotion and enhancement of economic opportunities on the state's Indian reservations in Montana; and
(8)(9) assist the state-tribal economic development commission established in 90-1-131 in:
(a) identifying federal government and private sector funding sources for economic development on Indian reservations in Montana; and
(b) fostering and providing assistance to prepare, develop, and implement cooperative agreements, in accordance with Title 18, chapter 11, part 1, with each of the tribal governments in Montana."
Section 2. Appropriation. There is appropriated $48,000 from the general fund to the department of commerce for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019, for the contracting of services to develop and publish a decennial report on the economic contributions of Indian reservations to Montana pursuant to 90-1-105.
Section 3. 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 and to the Little Shell Chippewa tribe.
Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 2019.
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