17-8-106. Expenditure limitation -- exception. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the state expenditures for a biennium may not exceed the state expenditures for the preceding biennium plus the product of the state expenditures for the preceding biennium and the growth percentage. The growth percentage is the percentage difference between the average Montana total personal income for the 3 calendar years immediately preceding the next biennium and the average Montana total personal income for the 3 calendar years immediately preceding the current biennium.
(2) The legislature may appropriate funds in excess of this limit from the reserve account if:
(a) the governor declares that an emergency exists; and
(b) two-thirds of the members of each house approve a bill stating the amount to be spent in excess of the expenditures limitation established in subsection (1), the source of the excess revenue to be spent, and an intention to exceed the limitation.
(3) Expenditures may exceed the expenditures limitation only for the year or years for which an emergency has been declared.
(4) The legislature is not required to appropriate the full amount allowed in any year under subsection (1).
History: En. Sec. 2, Ch. 514, L. 1981.