Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 4. Montana Land Information Act

Land Information -- Management -- Duties Of State Library

90-1-404. Land information -- management -- duties of state library. (1) The state library shall:

(a) serve as the administrator of the account;

(b) work with all federal, state, local, private, and tribal entities to develop and maintain land information;

(c) annually develop a land information plan that describes the priority needs to collect, maintain, and disseminate land information. The land information plan must have as a component a proposed budget designed to accomplish the goals and objectives of the plan.

(d) present the land information plan to the council for review and endorsement;

(e) establish, by administrative rule, an application process and a granting process that must be used to distribute funds in the account. The granting process must give preference to interagency or intergovernmental grant requests whenever multiple state agencies, local governments or agencies, or Indian tribal governments or tribal entities have partnered together to meet a requirement of the land information plan.

(f) review all grant applications from state agencies, local governments or agencies, and Indian tribal governments or tribal entities for the purpose of implementing the land information plan;

(g) monitor the use of grant funds distributed to a state agency, a local government or agency, or an Indian tribal government or tribal entity or to any combination of state, local, and Indian tribal governments or entities to ensure that the use of the funds complies with the purposes of this part;

(h) coordinate the development of geographic information system standards for creating land information;

(i) serve as the primary point of contact for national, regional, state, and other GIS coordinating groups for the purpose of channeling issues and projects to the appropriate individual, organization, agency, or other entity;

(j) provide administrative and staff support to the council, including paying the expenses of the council;

(k) annually prepare a budget to carry out the state library's responsibilities described in this section;

(l) report to the governor and the legislature, as provided for in 5-11-210, on the progress made in the ongoing collection, maintenance, standardization, and dissemination of land information; and

(m) implement the conservation easement information requirements as provided for in 76-6-212.

(2) To fulfill the responsibilities described in subsection (1), the state library or any recipient of funds granted pursuant to this part may contract with a public or private entity.

History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 135, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 352, L. 2007; amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 175, L. 2013.