Montana State Legislature

Information Technology Planning Council

Next Scheduled Meeting:

August 7, 2024
1:00 p.m.
Capitol Room 102 & Zoom
Helena, MT

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Committee Staff:

Dale Gow, Chief Information Officer

Alysa Semans, Software Engineering Manager

Sky Foster, Enterprise Infrastructure Manager

Audrey Hinman, Operations Manager

Cyndie Lockett, Technical Support Manager

Angie Carter, Financial Director

Jolanda Songer, Secretary




The Council is responsible for reviewing and maintaining the Legislative Branch information technology plan, investigating new applications, designing methods for automation, developing system standards and identifying the needs and priorities of the Branch’s information technology, and coordinating new applications with the statutory goals of the Legislative Branch: Title 5, chapter 11, part 4, MCA.

Non-Legislator Members

Jerry Howe, Executive Director
Angus Maciver, Legislative Auditor
Amy Carlson, Legislative Fiscal Analyst
Marilyn Miller, Secretary of the Senate
Carolyn Tschida, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives
Jason Brown, Office of Consumer Counsel
Dale Gow, Legislative Chief Information Officer
Kevin Gilbertson, State Chief Information Officer

Committee Members

The audio minutes are the official minutes of the council. Both the video and audio recordings of each meeting are available shortly after the meeting ends. A minutes log will be published later, noting the time at which various items were discussed.

June 4, 2024
Agenda - Minutes Log - Audio / Video

February 15, 2024
Agenda - Minutes Log - Audio / Video


Title 5, chapter 11, part 4, MCA.

5-11-403. Duties of legislative branch information technology planning council. The legislative branch information technology planning council shall develop and maintain a legislative branch information technology plan. In developing and maintaining this plan, the planning council shall:
    (1) approve and validate the branch enterprise architecture program that includes principles to maintain alignment with evolving business and technology needs;
    (2) continuously review analyses of existing and alternate information systems to identify candidates for automation, modernization, enhancement, improvement, or integration with new applications to support evolving legislative branch needs or functions;
    (3) include in the plan a description of functions and services in the legislative branch and its agencies that would benefit from the application or improvement of information technology to provide better service to members of the legislature, legislative agencies, and the public;
    (4) prioritize information technology initiatives, taking into consideration expected effectiveness, probable cost, and alignment with the enterprise architecture principles;
    (5) adopt technology standards within the enterprise architecture program that are appropriate to the business needs and technical environment of the legislative branch and its agencies; and
    (6) consider information technology support of security, disaster recovery, and continuity of government.
    History: En. Sec. 3, Ch. 687, L. 1989; amd. Sec. 34, Ch. 313, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 284, L. 2013.

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