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SENATE BILL NO. 356
INTRODUCED BY A. MOHL
AN ACT REQUIRING THAT ONE MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION HAVE SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OF INDIAN CULTURE AND TRIBAL TRANSPORTATION NEEDS; AMENDING SECTION 2-15-2502, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN APPLICABILITY PROVISION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 2-15-2502, MCA, is amended to read:
"2-15-2502. Transportation commission. (1) There is a transportation commission composed of five members. One member must be a resident of and appointed from each of these districts, each composed of the counties named:
(a) District 1. Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Granite, Powell;
(b) District 2. Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Beaverhead, Madison, Gallatin, Meagher, Broadwater, Jefferson, Park;
(c) District 3. Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Pondera, Teton, Chouteau, Cascade, Lewis and Clark;
(d) District 4. Carter, Powder River, Fallon, Custer, Rosebud, Garfield, Phillips, Valley, McCone, Prairie, Dawson, Wibaux, Richland, Roosevelt, Daniels, Sheridan;
(e) District 5. Golden Valley, Stillwater, Carbon, Big Horn, Yellowstone, Musselshell, Judith Basin, Fergus, Petroleum, Treasure, Wheatland, Sweet Grass.
(2) Of the members appointed from districts 1, 3, 4, and 5, at least one must have specific knowledge of Indian culture and tribal transportation needs. The member provided for under this subsection must be selected by the governor after consultation with the Montana members of the Montana-Wyoming tribal leaders council.
(2)(3) Two members may not be residents of the same district at the time of appointment or during their respective
terms of office. (3)(4) Not more than three members may at the time of appointment or during their respective terms be members of the
same political party. (4)(5) An elective state official or state officer, during the term of office to which elected or appointed, or a state
employee may not be a member of the commission. (5)(6) A resolution, motion, or other decision of the commission may not be adopted or passed without the favorable
vote of at least three members. (6)(7) The commission is allocated to the department of transportation for administrative purposes only as prescribed in
2-15-121. (7)(8) The commission is designated as a quasi-judicial board for purposes of 2-15-124; however, the provision of
2-15-124(1) that at least one member of a quasi-judicial board be an attorney does not apply to the commission. (8)(9) The commission may adopt rules necessary for its government. (9)(10) The director of transportation or the director's designee shall act as liaison between the commission and the
Section 2. 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 band of Chippewa.
Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
Section 4. Applicability. [This act] applies to the next appointment period for transportation commission membership.
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