Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 3. Compensation and Expenses of Members and Officers

Compensation And Expenses For Members While In Session

5-2-301. Compensation and expenses for members while in session. (1) Legislators are entitled to a salary commensurate to that of the daily rate for an employee earning $10.33 an hour when the regular session of the legislature in which they serve is convened under 5-2-103 for those days during which the legislature is in session. The hourly rate must be adjusted by any statutorily required pay increase. The president of the senate and the speaker of the house must receive an additional $5 a day in salary for those days during which the legislature is in session.

(2) Legislators may serve for no salary.

(3) Legislators are entitled to a daily allowance, 7 days a week, during a legislative session, as reimbursement for lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and incidental expenses incurred in attending a session. The amount of the daily allowance is equal to the amount an employee of the executive branch of the federal government is generally entitled to receive as per diem for lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and incidental expenses while away from home in the city of Helena but serving in the United States. Expense payments must stop when the legislature recesses for more than 3 days and resume when the legislature reconvenes.

(4) Legislators are entitled to a mileage allowance as provided in 2-18-503 for each mile of travel to the place of the holding of the session and to return to their place of residence at the conclusion of the session.

(5) In addition to the mileage allowance provided for in subsection (4), legislators, on submittal of an appropriate claim for mileage reimbursement to the legislative services division, are entitled to:

(a) three additional round trips to their place of residence during each regular session; and

(b) additional round trips as authorized by the legislature during special session.

(6) Legislators are not entitled to any additional mileage allowance under subsection (4) for a special session if it is convened within 7 days of a regular session.

(7) The department of administration shall work with the legislative services division to offer options to legislators to receive their session salary provided for in subsection (1) over the 2-year legislative term or a portion of the term. The options must be offered to all legislators in order to assist legislators to manage their income over the term. The per diem allowance and mileage as provided in this section, salary during a special session as provided in 5-3-101, and the salary during the interim as provided for in 5-2-302 may not be affected.

History: En. Sec. 220, Pol. C. 1895; re-en. Sec. 77, Rev. C. 1907; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 45, L. 1909; re-en. Sec. 74, R.C.M. 1921; Cal. Pol. C. Sec. 266; re-en. Sec. 74, R.C.M. 1935; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 23, L. 1955; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 32, L. 1963; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 180, L. 1965; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 274, L. 1969; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 4, L. 1971; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 72, L. 1973; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 5, L. 1975; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 392, L. 1975; amd. Sec. 20, Ch. 439, L. 1975; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 103, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 43-310; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 650, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 7, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 144, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 605, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 8, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 693, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 9, Sp. L. June 1986; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 1, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 13, Ch. 720, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 15, Ch. 455, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 14, Ch. 545, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 15, Ch. 417, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 44, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 10, Ch. 558, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 553, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 16, Ch. 81, L. 2007; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 361, L. 2015; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 443, L. 2019; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 86, L. 2023.