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     Section 1.  Section 2-4-405, MCA, is amended to read:

     "2-4-405.  Economic impact statement. (1) Upon written request of the administrative code committee based upon the affirmative request of at least five members of the committee at an open meeting, an agency shall prepare a statement of the economic impact of the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule as proposed. The agency shall also prepare a statement upon receipt by the agency or the committee of a written request for a statement made by at least 15 legislators. If the request is received by the committee, the committee shall give the agency a copy of the request, and if the request is received by the agency, the agency shall give the committee a copy of the request. As an alternative, the administrative code committee may, by contract, prepare such an the estimate. Except to the extent that the request expressly waives any one or more of the following, the requested statement must include and the statement prepared by the committee may include:

     (a)  a description of the classes of persons who will be affected by the proposed rule, including classes that will bear the costs of the proposed rule and classes that will benefit from the proposed rule;

     (b)  a description of the probable economic impact of the proposed rule upon affected classes of persons and quantifying, to the extent practicable, that impact;

     (c)  the probable costs to the agency and to any other agency of the implementation and enforcement of the proposed rule and any anticipated effect on state revenues revenue;

     (d)  an analysis comparing the costs and benefits of the proposed rule to the costs and benefits of inaction;

     (e)  an analysis that determines whether there are less costly or less intrusive methods for achieving the purpose of the proposed rule;

     (f)  an analysis of any alternative methods for achieving the purpose of the proposed rule that were seriously considered by the agency and the reasons why they were rejected in favor of the proposed rule;

     (g)  a determination as to whether the proposed rule represents an efficient allocation of public and private resources; and

     (h)  a quantification or description of the data upon which subsections (1)(a) through (1)(g) are based and an explanation of how the data was gathered.

     (2)  A request to an agency for a statement or a decision to contract for the preparation of a statement must be made by the committee prior to the final agency action on the rule. The statement must be filed with the administrative code committee within 3 months of the committee's request or decision. The committee may withdraw its A request or decision for an economic impact statement may be withdrawn at any time.

     (3)  Upon receipt of an impact statement, the committee shall determine the sufficiency of the statement. If the committee determines that the statement is insufficient, the committee may return it to the agency or other person who prepared the statement and request that corrections or amendments be made. If the committee determines that the statement is sufficient, a notice including a summary of the statement and indicating where a copy of the statement may be obtained must be filed with the secretary of state for publication in the register by the agency preparing the statement or by the committee, if the statement is prepared under contract by the committee, and must be mailed to persons who have registered advance notice of the agency's rulemaking proceedings.

     (4)  This section does not apply to rulemaking pursuant to 2-4-303.

     (5)  The final adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is not subject to challenge in any court as a result of the inaccuracy or inadequacy of a statement required under this section.

     (6)  An environmental impact statement prepared pursuant to 75-1-201 that includes an analysis of the factors listed in this section satisfies the provisions of this section."

     Section 2.  Section 5-18-107, MCA, is amended to read:

     "5-18-107.  Powers and duties of committee -- duty to review revenue rules -- legislative oversight of department of revenue -- committee reports -- revenue estimating and use of estimates -- coal tax oversight. (1) The committee shall review all proposed rules of the department of revenue filed with the secretary of state.

     (2)  The committee may:

     (a)  request and obtain the department's rulemaking records for the purpose of reviewing compliance with 2-4-305;

     (b)  prepare written recommendations for the adoption, amendment, or rejection of a rule and submit the recommendations to the department;

     (c)  submit oral or written testimony at a rulemaking hearing;

     (d)  require the department to appear before the committee and respond to the committee's recommendations for the adoption, amendment, or rejection of a rule;

     (e)  require that a rulemaking hearing be held in accordance with the provisions of 2-4-302 through 2-4-305;

     (f)  recommend to the legislature the repeal, amendment, or adoption of a rule as provided in 2-4-412;

     (g)  institute, intervene in, or otherwise participate in proceedings involving the legality of a rule under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act in the state and federal courts and administrative agencies;

     (h)  review the incidence and conduct of the department's administrative proceedings;

     (i)  require the department to publish the full or partial text of any pertinent material adopted by reference under 2-4-307;

     (j)  by an affirmative vote of at least six members of the committee, contract for the preparation of an economic impact statement or require the department to prepare an economic impact statement, following the provisions of 2-4-405;. The department shall also prepare a statement upon written request as provided in 2-4-405.

     (k)  petition the department to promulgate, amend, or repeal a rule. Within 60 days after submission of a petition, the department shall either deny the petition in writing, stating its reasons for the denial, or initiate rulemaking proceedings in accordance with 2-4-302 through 2-4-305.

     (l)  make written objection to a proposed rule of the department for lack of substantial compliance with 2-4-302 through 2-4-305. The provisions of 2-4-406 govern the objection procedure, the department's response, and the procedure for and effect of publication of the objection in the Montana Administrative Register and the Administrative Rules of Montana.

     (m)  petition the department for a declaratory ruling as to the applicability of any statutory provision or of any rule or order of the department. A copy of a declaratory ruling must be filed with the secretary of state for publication in the register Montana Administrative Register. A declaratory ruling or the refusal to issue a ruling is subject to judicial review in the same manner as decisions or orders in contested cases under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act.

     (n)  petition for judicial review of the sufficiency of the reasons for the department's finding of imminent peril to the public health, safety, or welfare, cited in support of an emergency or temporary rule proposed by the department under 2-4-303; and

     (o)  require the department to conduct the biennial review of its rules as required in 2-4-314 and report its findings to the committee.

     (3)  The committee shall exercise legislative oversight of the department of revenue, including without limitation the review of:

     (a)  proposed budgets;

     (b)  proposed legislation;

     (c)  pending litigation; and

     (d)  major contracts and personnel actions of the department.

     (4)  The committee may investigate and issue reports on any matter concerning taxation or the department of revenue.

     (5)  (a) The committee shall must have prepared by December 1 for introduction during each regular session of the legislature in which a revenue bill is under consideration an estimate of the amount of revenue projected to be available for legislative appropriation.

     (b)  The committee's estimate, as introduced in the legislature, constitutes the legislature's current revenue estimate until amended or until final adoption of the estimate by both houses. It is intended that the legislature's estimates and the assumptions underlying the estimates will be used by all agencies with responsibilities for estimating revenues revenue or costs, including the preparation of fiscal notes.

     (c)  The legislative services division shall provide staff assistance to the committee. The committee may request the assistance of the staffs of the office of the legislative fiscal analyst, the legislative auditor, the department of revenue, and any other agency that has information regarding any of the tax or revenue bases of the state.

     (6)  The committee may:

     (a)  review the programs financed by coal severance tax funds;

     (b)  consider any matters relating to coal taxation; and

     (c)  prepare for the legislature a report, as provided in 5-11-210, on potential uses of the coal tax trust fund to develop a stable, strong, and diversified Montana economy that meets the needs of present and future generations of Montanans while maintaining and improving a clean and healthful environment as required by Article IX, section 1, of the Montana constitution."

     Section 3.  Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1999.

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