Montana State Legislature

2007-2008 Economic Affairs Committee

The Economic Affairs Interim Committee is a joint bipartisan committee of the Montana Legislature that meets during the interims between legislative sessions. It conducts interim studies and generally reviews issues related to economic development. It also monitors the programs and functions of the Departments of AgricultureCommerceLabor and Industry, and Livestock, as well as the Office of the State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

September 12, 2008 Agenda Minutes  


Draft of Final Report, including HJR 28 & HJR 39 reports
Memo on Mandate Light
Draft of HJR 48 Report
Final SJR 13 ReportResearchInterviews, Original ProposalOther State Activities, Summit Steps
Link to HB616 on Fantasy Sports
Department of Commerce Reports (Exhibit 6)

July 17, 2008 Agenda Minutes (see below)  
July 18, 2008 Agenda Minutes July 17-18  
June 17, 2008 Agenda Minutes  


LC7777 - Revised bill draft on insurance mandates
Revised - briefing paper on mandates
Report - HJR48 final outline
May 7th, 2008 Agenda May 7-8 Minutes  
May 8th, 2008 Agenda    


Briefing Paper - Insurance Mandates, Appendix A
Bill draft - limited benefit individual policies 
HJR 48 - options 
SJR 13 - options 
Report - Ginny Merriam - SJR 13
Report - Steve Seninger - HJR 48 
Handout - D. Morehead - HJR 48
Article - New England Journal of Medicine - D Morehead
February 7, 2008 Agenda Minutes  


Report - Montana State Fund 
Memo - Report from Dave Oien - Timeless Seeds 
Presentation by Mark Black, ADM
Report for SJR 13 - Jessica Babcock

February 6, 2007 Agenda Minutes  


See HJR 48 subcommittee page  tab below
November 7, 2007 Agenda Minutes  
November 8, 2007 Agenda Minutes  



See HJR 48 subcommittee page  tab below

November 8 Memo for Miles City Meeting

August 17, 2007 Agenda Minutes
June 15, 2007 Agenda Minutes
  • HJR 28 - A study of business infrastructure and economic development

  • HJR 39 - A study of academic research and commercialization
  • SJR 13 - A study of expanding value-added food production in Montana
    • Jessica Babcock, Neva Hassanein Report May 8, 2008. Exhibit 13

HR 48 Subcommittee

The 2007 Legislature approved House Joint Resolution 48, calling for a study of health insurance reforms and publicly funded health care programs in Montana.
The Economic Affairs Committee at an August 17 conference call meeting reconsidered its June vote to establish a joint subcommittee with the Children, Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee to study HJR 48. The new vote is to have a subcommittee just of the Economic Affairs Committee. The subcommittee members are: Sen. Don Steinbeisser, Rep. Scott Mendenhall, Rep. Bill Thomas, and Rep. Michele Reinhart.

Meeting Schedule

HJR 48 Meeting - Helena
June 17, 2008 Agenda Minutes  
Meeting Materials:

LC 7777 - Revised bill draft on insurance mandates
Revised - Briefing paper on mandates
Report - HJR 48 final report outline

HJR 48 Meeting* - Missoula

* will be part of the full committee meeting
May 8, 2008

Meeting Materials:
Bill Draft of Limited Individual Health Benefit Plan
Briefing Paper on Mandates
Draft of HJR 48 Options for Legislation

HJR 48 Subcommittee Meeting - Helena

February 6, 2008

Agenda Minutes  
Meeting Materials:
Section 125 Plans
Washington State Blue Ribbon Commission: reinsurance report

2008 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines 
Comparison with other state reforms
Appendix A: What Montana might doAppendix B

HJR 48 Subcommittee Meeting - Miles City
November 7, 2007
Agenda Minutes  
Meeting Materials:
Massachusetts Reforms with comparisons to Montana data
Appendices: Employee data
Insurance company data
Commonwealth Care premium examples
Premium examples from BCBS, Insure Montana (not available online)
Email from Montana Chamber regarding its insurance plan
Letter from Rep. Ernie Dutton regarding health care financing reforms
Commentary on Vermont health plan and Vermont Governor's views
Presentation by State Auditor John Morrison (Updated after meeting)

Assigned Studies

HJR 48 - Legislation and Revised Draft Study Plan (see Staff Reports, too) 


HJR 48 Related Study Materials & Links

  • Material From The Sponsor Of HJR 48:

  • Understanding the Health Insurance Exchange handout
    (from a meeting at the Heritage Foundation)
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