2011-2012 Environmental Quality Council

The EQC is a state legislative committee created by the 1971 Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). The EQC has 17 members: 6 senators; 6 representatives; 4 public members; and 1 nonvoting member who represents the Governor. The statutory duties of the Council are described in 75-1-324, MCA, of MEPA and in other sections of the Montana Code Annotated.

  • Representative Duane Ankney (R)--Vice Chair
  • Representative Jerry Bennet (R)
  • Representative Bill McChesney (D)
  • Representative Michele Reinhart (D)
  • Representative Cary L Smith (R)
  • Representative Kathleen Williams (D)
  • Senator John Brenden (R)
  • Senator Bradley Maxon Hamlett (D)
  • ​​​​​​​Senator Jim Keane (D)--Chair
  • ​​​​​​​Senator Rick Ripley (R)
  • ​​​​​​​Senator Chas V Vincent (R)
  • ​​​​​​​Senator Gene Vuckovitch (D)


Public Members

  • Mr. Dexter Busby
  • Ms. Diane Conradi
  • Ms. Mary Fitzpatrick
  • Mr. John Youngberg


Governer's Designee

Assigned Studies

HJR 32 (2011): Study Management Of State Parks And Recreation And Heritage Programs

SJ 26 (2011): Review Specific DFWP And DEQ Programs And Activities

HB 142 (2011): Review Advisory Councils And Reports

Advisory Councils

 

Reports

 

Statutory Duties

HB 22 (2005): Adjudication Status

HB 198 (2011): Eminent Domain

HB 533 (2011)

Wildfire Management

Wolf Management Update

Proposed Legislation

  • LC 9000 - Creating the State Parks and Recreation Board and renaming the Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission
  • Draft 1: April 16, 2012 (Draft for public comment)
  • LC 9001 - Creating the State Parks, Recreation, and Heritage Board, renaming the Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission, and eliminating the Montana Heritage and Preservation Development Commission
  • Draft 1: April 16, 2012 (No longer under consideration)
  • LC 9002 - Creating a State Parks, Recreation, and Heritage Board, renaming the Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Commission, and transforming the Montana Heritage and Preservation Development Commission into an advisory council
  • Draft 1: April 16, 2012 (No longer under consideration)
  • LC 9010 - Request further study of the Montana Heritage Commission
  • Draft 1: June 29, 2012 (Draft for public comment)
  • LC 9020 - Eliminating the requirement that the DNRC submit a progress report for the designation of wildland-urban interface parcels
  • Draft 1: April 16, 2012 (Draft for public comment)
  • Public comments summary
  • LC 9021 - Eliminating the Air Pollution Advisory Control Council and its functions
  • Draft 1: April 16, 2012 (Draft for public comment)
  • Public comments summary
  • LC 9022 - Eliminating the Alternative Livestock Advisory Council
  • Draft 1: May 24, 2012 (Draft for public comment)
  • Public comments summary
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