Legislative Services Division

The Legislative Services Division (LSD) is an independent, nonpartisan, impartial agency that performs duties and functions for the Montana Legislature as assigned by law or as directed or requested by legislators or legislative committees. The Legislative Services Division works under the general supervision of the Legislative Council.

SUSAN FOX
Legislative Executive Director
406.444.3064

About the Legislative Services Division

The mission of the Legislative Services Division (LSD) is to provide bill and amendment drafting, committee staffing, policy and legal research, reference and communications, information technology, and administrative support services to the House, Senate, and other divisions of the Legislative Branch and to support the mission of the Legislative Council.

Established in 1957 as the Montana Legislative Council, LSD was originally created by the Legislature as the first permanent legislative agency to provide information to legislators and the public and to study selected problems confronting the Legislature in the interims between biennial sessions.

Since then, the Legislature has added to the division’s duties and responsibilities in a variety of areas. The division is organized into six functional offices, each of which is nonpartisan and serves the entire Legislature. These are:

  • Central Services Office
  • Office of Legislative Information Systems
  • Legal Services Office
  • Office of Research and Policy Analysis
  • Legislative Environmental Policy Office (Environmental Quality Council)