Resources & Organizations
The following documents and web pages, published by the Legislative Branch (except where noted otherwise), were produced to help legislators more effectively fulfill the duties and obligations of their official positions.
- Interim Services Available to Legislators (2017)
- Administrative Rules: A Legislator's Guide to Delegating Authority Through the Bill Drafting Process
- Bill Drafting Process for Legislators
- Bill Drafting Manual (2016)
- Conference Committees: A Legislator's Guide to Reconciling Bill Differences Between Chambers (2017) PDF
- District Census Data (Montana Department of Commerce)
- District Snapshots (Montana State Library)
- Ethics Training Self-Test
- From Idea to Introduction: A Guide for Legislators on Requesting & Sponsoring Bills HTML PDF
- Legislator's Handbook (2017)
- Legislative Leadership: A Guide to Roles & Responsibilities HTML PDF
- Life after Sine Die: A Guide to Interim Activities HTML PDF
- Montana Legislator Compensation
- Presiding Officer Manual (2017)
- Public Records and Managing Email
- Rules of the Montana Legislature (2017)
- "Training Up" - New Legislator Orientation Video (2010)
- Understanding State Finances & the Budgeting Process
- PDF - Word - Plain Text - Help
- Tribal Nations in Montana: A Handbook for Legislators (2016)
National Conference of State Legislatures
A bipartisan organization, NCSL serves legislators and legislative staffs. This site provides legislative information and links relevant government sites. The Montana Legislature is a dues-paying member.
Council of State Governments
CSG is an association of the governments of states and territories. This site provides information on a multitude of issues of state concern. The Montana Legislature is a dues-paying member.
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
This site provides information on activities promoting uniformity of state laws when such uniformity is helpful and possible. Drafts of proposed acts are provided in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
State Legislative Leaders Foundation
SLLF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan independent research and education foundation governed exclusively by sitting state legislative leaders.
National Caucus of Native American State Legislators
Founded in 1992, the caucus is a partnership of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Congress of American Indians.
Education Commission of the States
The Education Commission of the States was created by states, for states, in 1965. It tracks state policy trends, translates academic research, provides unbiased advice, and creates opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another.
American Legislative Exchange Council
A nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who share a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.
National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS)
NCLGS is a group of representatives from gaming states that meet semi-annually to discuss gambling issues with regulators, stakeholders, and industry types. Unlike most gaming conferences where the focus is on the industry, at NCLGS, the focus is on state lawmakers.
Women in Government (WIG)
Women In Government is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators. Women In Government has provided leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums, and educational resources for 30 years on policy issues such as education, energy, the environment, healthcare, technology, transportation, and more.
National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)
NCOIL is a legislative organization comprised principally of legislators serving on state insurance and financial institutions committees around the nation. NCOIL writes Model Laws in insurance, works to both preserve the state jurisdiction over insurance as established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act seventy years ago and to serve as an educational forum for public policy makers and interested parties.
Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL)
The Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.
State Innovation Exchange (SiX)
he State Innovation Exchange (SiX) is a national resource and strategy center that supports state legislators in advancing and defending progressive policies across the country.
National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)
The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators empowers a nonpartisan network of legislative champions to protect, conserve, and improve the natural and human environment.
National Women's Law Center
The Center has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families and champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement.
National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL)
The mission of NFWL is to provide strategic resources to elected women for leadership development, exchange of diverse legislative ideas, and effective governance through conferences, state outreach, educational materials, professional and personal relationships, and networking. We encourage the election and/or appointment of women to public office.