Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 2. Livestock Markets and Dealers

Hearing On Application For Certificate -- Decision

81-8-252. Hearing on application for certificate -- decision. (1) Upon the filing of an application for a certificate of public convenience pursuant to 81-8-251, the department shall fix a time and place for a hearing on the application, which may not be less than 10 days after the filing. The department shall have a copy of the application, excluding the financial statement described in 81-8-251(2)(g), and notice of the hearing served by mail on:

(a) the operators of any other livestock markets that in the opinion of the department might be affected by the granting of the certificate;

(b) the secretaries of the Montana stockgrowers association and the Montana woolgrowers association;

(c) the secretary of the district livestock association, if any;

(d) the secretary of the livestock association or associations, if any, within the vicinity of the proposed livestock market, if known to the department; and

(e) any railroad company operating into or through the town or city in which the proposed livestock market will be located.

(2) If, after the hearing on the application, the department finds from the evidence that public convenience and necessity require the authorization of the proposed livestock market, a certificate must be issued to the applicant. In determining whether public convenience and necessity require the livestock market, the department shall give reasonable consideration to the service rendered by other existing livestock markets in this state and the effect on them if the proposed livestock market is authorized and shall give due consideration to the likelihood of the proposed service being permanent and continuous throughout 12 months of the year.

History: En. Sec. 10, Ch. 566, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 39, L. 1987; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 37, L. 2023.