Montana State Legislature
Commissioner of Political Practices
The Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) has responsibilities that were defined by a legislative initiative in 1980 requiring disclosure of acts by lobbyists and business interests of elected officials. The Commissioner of Political Practices also has the responsibility for the ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees pursuant to Title 2, Chapter 2 of the Montana Code Annotated. The primary statutory reference defining the duties and responsibilities of COPP are found in Title 13, Chapter 37, Part 1 of the Montana Code Annotated.
The commissioner monitors and enforces campaign practices and campaign finance disclosure, lobbying disclosure, business interest disclosure of statewide and state district candidates, elected state officials, and state department directors. The commissioner investigates complaints that arise concerning any of the aforementioned. Additionally, the commissioner enforces the Montana Code of Ethics for legislators, public officers, and state employees, acting in a quasi-judicial role in contested case hearings. The office consists of one program, the Administration Program.
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HB 535, Eliminate the Commissioner of Political Practices
HB 536, Revise laws related to political committees and rental/lease agreements with state
HB 580, Revise laws related to political committees
SB 271, Allow judicial candidates to announce endorsements
Jan. 7 Budget
Nov. 15 Budget
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