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SENATE BILL NO. 23
INTRODUCED BY F. THOMAS
BY REQUEST OF THE STATE COMPENSATION INSURANCE FUND
AN ACT SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF MONTANA AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE VIII, SECTION 13, OF THE MONTANA CONSTITUTION REGARDING INVESTMENT OF STATE COMPENSATION INSURANCE FUND ASSETS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Article VIII, section 13, of The Constitution of the State of Montana is amended to read:
"Section 13. Investment of public funds and public retirement system and state compensation
insurance fund assets. (1) The legislature shall provide for a unified investment program for public
funds and public retirement system and state compensation insurance fund assets and provide rules
therefor, including supervision of investment of surplus funds of all counties, cities, towns, and other
local governmental entities. Each fund forming a part of the unified investment program shall be
separately identified. Except as provided in
subsection subsections (3) and (4), no public funds shall be
invested in private corporate capital stock. The investment program shall be audited at least annually
and a report thereof submitted to the governor and legislature.
(2) The public school fund and the permanent funds of the Montana university system and all other state institutions of learning shall be safely and conservatively invested in:
(a) Public securities of the state, its subdivisions, local government units, and districts within the state, or
(b) Bonds of the United States or other securities fully guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States, or
(c) Such other safe investments bearing a fixed rate of interest as may be provided by law.
(3) Investment of public retirement system assets shall be managed in a fiduciary capacity in the same manner that a prudent expert acting in a fiduciary capacity and familiar with the circumstances would use in the conduct of an enterprise of a similar character with similar aims. Public retirement system assets may be invested in private corporate capital stock.
(4) Investment of state compensation insurance fund assets shall be managed in a fiduciary capacity in the same manner that a prudent expert acting in a fiduciary capacity and familiar with the circumstances would use in the conduct of a private insurance organization. State compensation insurance fund assets may be invested in private corporate capital stock. However, the stock investments shall not exceed 25 percent of the book value of the state compensation insurance fund's total invested assets."
Section 2. Effective date. If approved by the electorate, the amendments in section 1 are effective January 1, 2001.
Section 3. Submission to electorate. This amendment shall be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana at the general election to be held in November 2000 by printing on the ballot the full title of this act and the following:
 FOR allowing a maximum of 25% of state compensation insurance fund assets to be invested in private corporate capital stock.
 AGAINST allowing a maximum of 25% of state compensation insurance fund assets to be invested in private corporate capital stock.
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