Special Sessions

Special Sessions 1889 - Present

Note: The Senate of the 20th Legislative Assembly resolved itself into a Court of Impeachment for the trial of Montana Secretary of State Charles T. Stewart on March 21, 1927. Stewart resigned that same month.

Legislature Called by Duration Subject
65th Gov. Steve Bullock Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2017 Approve fund balance and other transfers as submitted by the Office of Budget and Program Planning; provide for a two-month employer contribution holiday to the state employee group benefits plan; temporarily suspend employer share contributions to the judges' retirement system; revise the sale of new liquor licenses by requiring an auction of newly created licenses; eliminate the transportation and combined block grant payments and suspend the coal fired generating unit payment for the current biennium; revise the state fire assessment to apply to all parcels; temporarily increase the accommodations and rental car tax rates to increase general fund revenues to offset state fire costs; authorize a management fee on excess investment holdings of the Montana State Fund to offset state fire costs; provide appropriations for fire suppression costs and emergency funds for FY 2018 and FY 2019; require third-party reservation intermediaries to pay and remit the lodging facility use tax; and, confirm judicial appointments.
60th Gov. Brian Schweitzer Sept. 5, 2007 Appropriate money for fire suppression and disaster response and recovery activities in 2008-2009; approve additional spending authority for emergencies and disasters and eliminate time restrictions applicable to disaster and emergency declarations during fire season.
60th Gov. Brian Schweitzer May 10, 2007
to May 15, 2007
Enact general appropriations bill for ordinary expenses of legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and for public schools for biennium ending June 30, 2009; appropriate money for capital projects and information technology capital projects; provide funding for public elementary and secondary schools, authorize optional full-time kindergarten, establish quality educator loan and forgiveness program, and revise Governor's postsecondary scholarship program; enact tax legislation that provides both permanent and one-time-only tax reductions and rebates for Montanans, improves tax compliance, and expands business equipment property tax exemption; provide property tax incentives for new investment in conversion, transport, and manufacturing related to, and research and development of renewable energy, new technology energy, and clean coal energy; and create education trust fund with revenue raised by revisions to tax treatment of income and dividends of real estate investment trusts.
59th Gov. Brian Schweitzer Dec. 14, 2005 Enact funding system for Montana public elementary and secondary schools based on definition of "quality" educationcontained in Senate Bill 152, in compliance with Article X, Section 1, of Montana Constitution and in fulfillment of requirements of Montana Supreme Court decision in Columbia Falls Elementary School v. State of Montana and remaining within a balanced budget, as required by Article VIII, Section 9, of Montana Constitution.
57th Gov. Judy Martz Sept. 13, 2002 Amend House Bill 2, Chapter 23, Special Laws of August 2002, for sole purpose of providing immediate effective date and providing retroactive applicability date of Aug. 26, 2002.
57th Gov. Judy Martz Aug. 5, 2002
to Aug. 11, 2002
Consider action on legislation 1) approving fund balance transfers as submitted by Office of Budget and Program Planning; 2) reducing general fund expenditures, including those exempted by Section 17-7-140 MCA, House Bill 2, any other appropriation bill, statutory appropriation, or language appropriation; 3) reducing non-general fund appropriations and non-budgeted transfers when reduction will increase general fund balance and any necessary statutory amendments to effectuate legislative reductions; 4) reducing general fund shortfall in revenue; and 5) amending House Bill 41 and Senate Bill 495 to provide for guarantee account in state special revenue fund.
56th Gov. Marc Racicot; Legislature May 8, 2000
to May 11, 2000
Governor: Appropriations for economic development programs funded by Chapter 563, Laws of 1999 (declared unconstitutional by Supreme Court Jan. 20, 2000); clarify Chapter 269 bonding authority; and confirm judicial appointees. Legislature: Reduce taxes; loans from coal tax fund to midsized businesses; alternative livestock license moratorium; open-pit mining reclamation; oppose Missouri River designation; aviation fuel tax; tobacco settlement trust fund; insurance information and privacy; and federal estate tax.
56th Gov. Marc Racicot June 15, 1999
to June 16, 1999
Ratify Crow-Montana reserved water rights compact; settlement for Crow claim regarding Montana coal severance tax; exempt certain speeding violations from surcharge.
53rd Gov. Marc Racicot Nov. 29, 1993
to Dec. 18, 1993
Balance 1994 biennium state budget; property tax reform; pension tax refunds; state building maintenance; oil drilling; confirmation of appointees; budget modifications.
52nd Gov. Stan Stephens July 6, 1992
to July 18, 1992
Update revenue estimates; balance 1992 biennium state budget; consider fund transfers; sales tax proposal; reform tax structure; hazardous waste moratorium; agency liquor store agreements; drought relief.
52nd Gov. Stan Stephens Jan. 6, 1992
to Jan. 17, 1992
Balance 1993 biennium state budget; consider privatization of liquor stores; revise payment schedule for estimated tax payments.
51st Gov. Stan Stephens May 21, 1990
to May 25, 1990
Correct exemptions on natural gas production taxation; workers' compensation unfunded liability; prison construction issues.
51st Gov. Stan Stephens June 19, 1989
to July 14, 1989
Education equalization; state spending limitations; new and ongoing revenue sources; office hours for cities and towns; disband Commerce Dept. litigation bureau; revise taxation of retirement income.
49th Gov. Ted Schwinden June 16, 1986
to July 1, 1986
State appropriations and budget changes; taxes on fuels and regulated utilities.
49th Gov. Ted Schwinden March 24, 1986
to March 29, 1986
Liability limits; revenue bonds; special elections; economic assistance.
49th Gov. Ted Schwinden June 28, 1985 To correct action on vehicle fees.
48th Gov. Ted Schwinden Dec. 12, 1983
to Dec. 17, 1983
Veterans' and Disabled Citizens' Law.
47th Gov. Ted Schwinden June 21, 1982
to June 26, 1982
Problems at Montana State Prison and in adult corrections programs.
47th Gov. Ted Schwinden Nov. 16, 1981
to Nov. 24, 1981
Appropriation of federal block grant funds.
44th Gov. Thomas Judge Aug. 4, 1975 Six-mill levy for University System.
43rd Legislature March 12, 1973 Finish work of regular session.
42nd Gov. Forrest Anderson June 7, 1971
to June 25, 1971
Continuation of topics from previous special session.
42nd Gov. Forrest Anderson March 8, 1971
to April 3, 1971
Long-range building 23 days program; sales tax appropriations.
41st Gov. Forrest Anderson March 10, 1969
to March 19, 1969
Supplemental appropriation.
40th Gov. Tim Babcock March 3, 1967
to March 18, 1967
Miscellaneous appropriations.
23rd Gov. Frank Cooney Nov. 27, 1933
to Jan. 19, 1934
Depression and federal programs for relief and recovery; impeachment brought against Governor and Secretary of State
18th Gov. Joseph Dixon Jan. 22, 1924
to Jan. 29, 1924
Legislative appropriations null and void due to Supreme Court decision on gubernatorial veto.
17th Gov. Joseph Dixon March 5, 1921
March 22, 1921
Tuberculosis sanitarium; tax collection system; school funding; inheritance tax.
16th Gov. Sam Stewart July 29, 1919
to Aug. 11, 1919
Drought relief; highway construction; women's suffrage.
15th Gov. Sam Stewart Feb. 14, 1918
to Feb. 25, 1918
Seed grain law; protect soldiers' and sailors' rights in their absence; state council of defense and state home guard; enact legislation to punish treasonable, seditious, and disloyal utterances and acts.
11th Gov. Edwin Norris Dec. 27, 1909
to Dec. 30, 1909
Additional bonds for construction of Capitol wings; appropriation for Publicity Department; Bureau of Agriculture, Labor, and Industry.
8th Gov. Joseph Toole Dec. 1, 1903
to Dec. 11, 1903
Labor disputes; mining litigation; district judges.
8th Gov. Joseph Toole May 26, 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition.