The Economic Affairs Interim Committee of the Montana Legislature will have a hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting on June 30-July 1 to hear updates on COVID-19 economic impacts and continue work on assigned studies, required reports, and an examination of certain rules proposed by state agencies monitored by the committee.

The committee's studies include a look at the uses of the lodging facility tax and the licensing barriers for those who have criminal convictions. One report is on a reinsurance program intended to keep health insurance rates low for policies sold through the health insurance exchanges. Another report is on historical horseracing. The committee may review related gaming options. Start times, in room 152, are 9 a.m. June 30 and 8 a.m. July 1.

Also on the agenda are reviews of rules proposed by the Board of Chiropractors (regarding dry needling) and the State Auditor's Office (regarding securities/insurance crossover). The committee also will hear about an option considered by the Board of Dentistry regarding where dental hygienists may practice under a limited access permit.  

This is a public meeting. However, due to COVIDÔÇÉ19 public health concerns, the public is discouraged from physically attending meetings in the State Capitol Building. Access to the meeting room will be monitored for social distancing; those testifying may have to wait in the hallway before they enter.

For those who wish to view the meeting but not comment, the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN) will provide a broadcast and Legislative Services will stream the meeting live on www.leg.mt.gov. An archived recording of the meeting will be posted on www.leg.mt.gov.

  • Those who want to offer public comment may join the meeting during comment periods. To offer public comment, please contact Pat Murdo at pmurdo@mt.gov by 5 p.m. on June 29 with the following:
    • your name;
    • the agenda item(s) for which you wish to offer public comment; and
    • whether you'll provide comment in person, by telephone, or via your computer.
  • Those who plan to participate remotely will receive instructions by email.
  • Written public comment provided by 5 p.m. June 29 is encouraged. Written comments may be sent to pmurdo@mt.gov. Oral or written comment given the committee is a public record that is recorded, archived, and available on the web.

The Montana Legislative Services Division will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Pat Murdo, pmurdo@mt.gov, or 406-444-3594.

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