Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. Montana Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

Achieving A Better Life Experience Savings Trust

53-25-121. Achieving a better life experience savings trust. (1) There is an achieving a better life experience savings trust that is an instrumentality of the state and that is created for a public purpose. The trust consists of trust interests, with each trust interest corresponding to an account. The assets of an account may not be commingled with the assets of any other account. The assets and earnings of an account may not be used to satisfy the obligations of any other account. Each account represents a trust interest in the trust and includes amounts received by the program pursuant to the participating trust agreement and the interest and investment income earned by the trust account.

(2) The assets of the trust consist of investments and earnings on investments of funds received by the program as deposits to accounts and as amounts transferred to the trust from accounts established prior to October 1, 2015.

(3) In accordance with the instructions of the designated beneficiary or agent, the trustee shall invest funds deposited in each account in permitted investment products as provided in this chapter. The trustee or a financial institution acting on behalf of the trustee shall pay or apply funds from each account for qualified withdrawals, nonqualified withdrawals, penalties, and withholdings.

(4) A designated beneficiary or agent may execute a participating trust agreement and have funds that are held by financial institutions in accounts established prior to October 1, 2015, transferred to the trust and to the transferor's account.

History: En. Sec. 15, Ch. 436, L. 2015; amd. Sec. 13, Ch. 433, L. 2019.