2015-2016 State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Committee

About SAVA

Overview

The State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee (SAVA) is a joint bipartisan committee of the legislature that meets between legislative sessions.

Pursuant to sections 5-5-2025-5-2115-5-215, 5-5-228, Montana Code Annoted, the committee's activities encompass administrative rule review, program monitoring, and authorization for drafting assigned agency legislative proposals. The committee's assigned agencies are the:

  • Department of Administration;
  • Public Employees' Retirement Board;
  • Teachers' Retirement Board;
  • State Lottery Commission;
  • Department of Military Affairs;
  • Board of Veterans' Affairs;
  • Secretary of State's Office; and
  • Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices.

The committee also examines any other emerging issues related to state administration, such as public contracting, state information technology services, state employee health care benefits, etc.

  • REPRESENTATIVE BRYCE BENNETT (D)--Vice Chair
  • REPRESENTATIVE FORREST MANDEVILLE (R)     
  • REPRESENTATIVE WENDY MCKAMEY (R)  
  • REPRESENTATIVE KATHY SWANSON (D)  
  • SENATOR DEE L BROWN (R)--Chair
  • SENATOR DOUG KARY (R)
  • SENATOR CLIFF LARSEN (D)
  • SENATOR JONATHAN WINDY BOY (D)

  

SAVA Committee Topics

During this 2015-16 interim, SAVA is examining the topics listed below. Click on the link to go to a web page dedicated to that topic.

Veteran Suicide Prevention

  • LCvet1 - preliminary bill draft supporting statewide suicide prevention campaign
  • LCvet2 - preliminary bill draft for grant program for local veteran suicide prevention efforts
  • LCvet3 - preliminary bill draft requiring certain health care professionals to complete suicide prevention training

Public Employee Pension Plans

Administrative Rule Review*

  • The following memos were previously e-mailed to Committee Members:
    • 10/28/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 44-2-219 (SOS: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Scheduled Dates for the 2017 Montana Administrative Register)
    • 10/31/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 44-2-220 (SOS: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Fees Charged by Administrative Rules Services)
    • 11/7/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 44-2-221 (SOS: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Access to Documents and Fees for Copies)

    *Please see the Rule Review page for updates on when proposed rules were adopted and information regarding any amendments were made at the time of adoption.

Veterans - Suicide Prevention

Election Law Clean Up

Local Fire Relief Associations - Pension Funding

Public Employee Retirement Plans

Agency Bill Requests

Campaign Practices Docket Updates

HB 142 (2011) Duties - Review of Statutory Advisory Councilsl and Reports

Rule Review Activity

Final Report

Veterans - Suicide Prevention

Campaign Finance - Update on Recent Court Decisions on MT Contribution Limits

HB 142 (2011) Duties - Review of Statutory Advisory Councils and Reports

  • LC0086 - bill to eliminate the requirement for an IT report to be made to SAVA (does not eliminate the report, which will still be provided to the legislature and the Legislative Finance Committee)

HJR 21 - Study on Personal Information Ownership

Administrative Rule Review*

  • The following memos were previously e-mailed to Committee Members and will not be printed for the meeting (However, printed copies are available upon request):
    • 5/4/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 2-43-538 (PERS: Investment Policy Statements for the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan & the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan)
    • 5/4/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 2-43-537 (PERS: Public Employee Defined Contribution Plan Document Adoption by Reference)
    • 5/4/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 2-21-545 (DOA: Equal Employment Opportunity - Nondiscrimination - Harassment Prevention)
    • 5/4/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 44-2-217 (SOS: Administrative Rules Service Fees -- WITHDRAWN)

    *Please see the Rule Review page for updates on when proposed rules were adopted and information regarding any amendments were made at the time of adoption.

Retirement System Informational Briefings On Public Information Request

Pensions - Investment Returns and Cash Flow Status

HJR 21 - Study of Personal Information Ownership

HB 142 (2011) Oversight Duties

HB 84 (2015) - Election Law General Revision Bill - Cleanup

Veteran Issues - Informational Briefings

Other Agency Oversight Duties -Agency Bill Draft Requests

Administrative Rule Review*

  • The following memos were previously e-mailed to Committee Members and will not be printed for the meeting (However, printed copies are available upon request):
    • 3/1/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 2-11-540 (DOA: State Surplus Property Program -- ADOPTED)
    • 2/29/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 44-2-215 (SOS: Business Services Division Filings and Fees -- ADOPTED with renumbering amendments)
    *Please see the Rule Review page for updates on when proposed rules were adopted and information regarding any amendments were made at the time of adoption.

Rule Review*

  • Poll re COPP Rules
  • Regular Rule Review
    • 2/5/2016 Memo re MAR 44-2-214 (SOS: Misc. Fees by Business Services Division -- re-noticed)
    • The following memos were previously e-mailed to Committee Members and will not be printed for the meeting (However, printed copies are available upon request):
      • 1/7/2015 Memo re MAR Notice No. 2-43-536 (PERS: Employer Contributions after Plan Choice Rate Payoff)
      • 1/6/2016 Memo re MAR Notice No. 44-2-214 (SOS: Misc. Fees by Business Services Division)
    *Please see the Rule Review page for updates on when proposed rules were adopted and if any amendments were made at the time of adoption.

HJR 21 Study of Personal Information

Election Law Clean-up From HB 84 (2015)

HB 142 (2011) Reviews

Administrative Matters

Pension Oversight

HJR 21 Study on Personal Information Ownership

Rule Review

Commissioner Of Political Practices

Other Rules - Memos

Administrative Matters

 

State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee

Rule Review Activity

  • * The complete text for any of the proposed rules listed below, including any hearing information, may be accessed by visiting http://www.mtrules.org and entering the MAR Notice Number in the “Search by Notice No.” field in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

  • Additional information regarding administrative rulemaking and the Legislature’s role in the administrative rulemaking process may be accessed here

Department of Administration and administratively attached entities, including public employee retirement systems**

**Pursuant to section 5-5-228, MCA, the State Administration & Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee is charged with the oversight of the Department of Administration and its administratively attached entities except the State Fund (Economic Affairs Interim Committee), the Office of the Public Defender (Law and Justice Interim Committee), the Division of Banking and Financial Institutions (Economic Affairs Interim Committee).

MAR Notice Date

MAR Notice Number*

Agency, Board or Commission

Subject

Staff Memos/Other Documents

5/6/2016

2-43-538

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED: Notice of Proposed Amendment - Investment Policy Statement for the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan - Investment Policy Statement for the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. No Public Hearing Contemplated.

5/4/2016 Memo

5/6/2016

2-43-537

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED: Notice of Proposed Amendment - Adoption by Reference of the State of Montana Public Employee Defined Contribution Plan Document. No Public Hearing Contemplated.

5/4/2016 Memo

4/22/2016

2-21-545

Department of Administration

ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENTS: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Equal Employment Opportunity - Nondiscrimination - Harassment Prevention.

5/4/2016 Memo

3/4/2016

2-11-540

Department of Administration

ADOPTED: Notice of Proposed Transfer and Amendment - State Surplus Property Program. No Public Hearing Contemplated.

3/1/2016 Memo

12/24/2015

2-43-536

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED: Notice of Proposed Adoption -- Redirection of certain PERS employer contributions from the defined benefit trust fund for the puposes of paying off the plan choice rate unfunded actuarial liability to defined contribution member accounts

1/7/2015 Memo

10/29/2015

2-43-535

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENTS: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption - Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) for Members of the Highway Patrol Officers' Retirement System.

11/12/2015 Memo

8/27/2015

2-43-529

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENTS: Notice of Proposed Amendment - Investment Policy Statement for the Defined Contribution Retirement Plan - Investment Policy Statement for the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. No Public Hearing Contemplated.

9/11/2015 Memo

8/27/2015

2-43-530

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENTS: Notice of Proposed Amendment - Adoption by Reference of the State of Montana Public Employee Defined Contribution Plan Document and the State of Montana Public Employee Deferred Compensation (457) Plan Document. No Public Hearing Contemplated.

9/11/2015 Memo

8/27/2015

2-43-531

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED: Notice of Proposed Amendment - Actuarial Rates and Assumptions. No Public Hearing Contemplated.

9/11/2015 Memo

8/27/2015

2-43-532

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED: Notice of Proposed Amendment - Defined Contribution Plan Default Investment Fund - Deferred Compensation Plan Investment Options. No Public Hearing Contemplated.

9/11/2015 Memo

6/25/2015

2-4-527

Department of Administration

ADOPTED: Notice of Proposed Amendment - Single Audit Act Reporting Fees for Local Governments. No Public Hearing Contemplated.

6/26/2015 Memo
8/7/2015 Memo

4/16/2015

2-43-525

Public Employees' Retirement Board

ADOPTED: Notice of Amendment - Establishment of long-term disability trust fund

4/23/2015 Letter
8/7/2015 Memo

Department of Military Affairs and administratively attached entities

MAR Notice Date

MAR Notice Number*

Agency, Board or Commission

Subject

Staff Memos/Other Documents

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Secretary of State and administratively attached entities, including Commissioner of Political Practices

MAR Notice Date

MAR Notice Number*

Agency, Board or Commission

Subject

Staff Memos/Other Documents

11/10/2016

44-2-221

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Access to Documents and Fees for Copies

11/7/2016 Memo

10/28/2016

44-2-220

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Fees Charged by Administrative Rules Services.

10/31/2016 Memo

10/28/2016

44-2-219

Secretary of State

ADOPTED with amendment: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Scheduled Dates for the 2017 Montana Administrative Register.

10/28/2016 Memo

9/2/2016

44-2-218

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption - Rotation of Executive Branch Agencies on the State Records Committee

9/8/2016 Memo

4/22/2016

44-2-217

Secretary of State

WITHDRAWN: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Administrative Rules Services Fees

5/4/2016 Memo

2/19/2016

44-2-215

Secretary of State

ADOPTED with renumbering amendments: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Business Services Division Filings and Fees

2/29/2016 Memo

12/24/2015

44-2-214

Secretary of State

ADOPTED after comment period extension:Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment -- Miscellaneous Fees Charged by the Business Services Division

2/5/2016 Memo
1/6/2016 Memo

11/25/2015

44-2-213

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment -- Fees Charged by the Records and Information Management Division

12/21/2015 Memo

11/12/2015

44-2-212

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment -- Fees Charged by the Business Services Division

12/21/2015 Memo

10/15/2015

44-2-211

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment -- Trademark Fees

10/19/2015 Memo

10/15/2015

44-2-209

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment -- Rulemaking Notice Requirements

10/19/2015 Memo

10/15/2015

44-2-208

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment -- Pertaining to the Scheduled Dates for the 2016 Administrative Register

10/19/2015 Memo

9/24/2015

44-2-210

Secretary of State

ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENTS: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Fees Charged by the Records and Information Management Division

9/24/2015 Memo

9/24/2015

44-2-197

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Rules Governing the Registration of Business/Mark Names

9/24/2015 Memo

9/10/2015

44-2-198

Secretary of State

ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENTS: Notice of public hearing on proposed adoption, amendment, and repeal - pertaining to notaries public

9/22/2015 Memo

8/13/2015

44-2-207

Commissioner of Political Practices

ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENTS: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption, Transfer, Transfer and Amendment, and Repeal

Notice of Interim Committee Poll of the Legislature on Proposed Rule Action re MAR Notice No. 44-2-207 by the Commissioner of Political Practices was published on Jan. 8, 2016.

8/19 Objection Letter
8/18/2015 Memo

7/30/2015

44-2-206

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Amended notice and extension of comment period on proposed amendment and adoption -- Fees Charged by the Secretary of State

Note: The Secretary of State adopted 44.5.122 as proposed and decided not to adopt New Rule I, instead relying on the "refund policy set forth in 17-8-203, MCA, and ARM 2.4.201 and 2.4.202."

9/14/2015 Update
8/7/2015 Memo

7/16/2015

44-2-204

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption and Amendment - Voting Accessibility for Electors With Disabilities - Montana Absent Uniformed Services and Overseas Voter Act.

7/16/2015 Memo
8/7/2015 Memo

7-16-2015

44-2-205

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment - Retention of Local Government Electronic Long-Term Records.

7/16/2015 Memo
8/7/2015 Memo

6/11/2015

44-2-202

Secretary of State

ADOPTED: Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption and Amendment - Secretary of State's Electronic Filing System - Filing of a Title 71 Lien - Requirements for Filing UCC Amendments With the Business Services Division.

6/26/2015 Memo
8/7/2015 Memo

11/20/2014

44-2-203

Commissioner of Political Practices

ADOPTED: Notice of Amendment - Payment Threshold–Inflation Adjustment for Lobbyists.

12/5/2014 Memo
8/7/2015 Memo

State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee

Legislation Forwarded to the 2017 Legislature

Click here to access the most recent text of the bills as they make their way through the 2017 Legislature

 

Elections

  • LC 30 - cleanup of provisions affected by HB 84 (2015) general revision bill on elections (**still a working draft subject to change)

Suicide Prevention

To be considered at the Nov. 17, 2016, meeting:

  • Support a statewide universal suicide prevention campaign (i.e., a campaign aimed at all demographic groups) with the goal of normalizing our perception of mental health issues and that would use digital technologies.

     

  • Provide state funding for a grant program to help foster local American Indian and veteran suicide prevention efforts.

     

  • Require that primary care physicians receive suicide prevention and risk assessment training.

Other

  • LC 86 - eliminating a statutory requirement to provide a state information technology report to the state administration and veterans' affairs interim committee
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