April 17 bill status
Primary Bills Still in Play - as of April 17
HB 387 (Wagoner) – Passed House. Amended and Passed Senate. Establishes 12-bed intensive behavioral center and delays closure of the Montana Developmental Center for maybe two more years. See SB 271.
HB 390 (D. Jones) – Fiscal Note. Passed House. Amended and Passed Senate. Returned to House with Amendments. Fixes a school enrollment estimate issue and appropriates dollars to generate a boatload of e-rate dollars.
HB 458 (Wagoner) – Passed House. Amended and Passed Senate. Returned to House with Amendments. Authorizes oversight of care for former Montana Developmental Center patients.
HB 473 (Garner) – Passed House. Amended and Passed Senate – Vote. Increases Montana motor fuels tax and creates a luxury vehicle fee to generate 7x more in matching federal dollars for local and state bridge and road construction and help fund Montana Highway Patrol.
HB 660 (Eck) – Passed House - Vote. Passed Senate Business and Labor. Increases bed tax .5% from 3% to 3.5% to fund construction of Montana Heritage Center See SB 376.
HB 647 (D. Jones) – Passed House. Amended and Passed Senate - Vote. Returned to House with Amendments. Proposes significant changes in how the state funds public schools, k – higher ed. Companion bill to HB 2.
SB 271 (Thomas) – Passed Senate. Amended and Passed House. Returned to Senate with Amendments. Authorizes Department of Public Health and Human Services to establish a 12-bed intensive behavior center and extends MDC closure date to June 30, 2019. See HB 387.
SB 294 (Fitzpatrick) – Passed Senate. Amended and Passed House. Returned to Senate with Amendments. Senate Rejected House Amendments. Free Conference Committee Appointed and Reported. Revises laws governing state employee pay. As amended in free conference committee (1) state employees receive 1% base pay increases February 15 each year of the coming biennium, (2) Montana University System receives increased state funding of the state’s share (approximately $2.6m) of faculty and staff pay going forward, and (3) MUS receives $2m more to incentivize employee retirements.
SB 367 (Moore) – Passed Senate - Vote. Heard House Appropriations. Bonds to build infrastructure including $30m for quality school grants across the state. Requires 2/3ds vote of each house of the legislature. See HB 645.
Bills we oppose
HB 280 (Brodehl) – Passed House. Amended and Passed Senate. House Rejected Senate Amendments. Conference Committee Appointed and Reported. Senate Adopted Conference Committee Report - Vote. Authorizes legislators to carry handguns on state property including our state Capitol. If passed, we will request a veto.
SB 143 (Lang) - Passed Senate. Amended and Passed House. Senate rejected House Amendments. Senate Adopted Conference Committee Report - Vote. Amends an already too permissive existing law that permits a retired educator (teacher or administrator) under certain circumstances to be reemployed at full salary and continue to draw retirement benefits. Double Dipping. Presents a potential, long-term threat to our efforts to safely amortize the Teachers Retirement System . . . and on a case by case basis closes the door on employment opportunities for newer, younger educators. May provoke other capricious proposals to use our retirement system in ways that violate the constitutional purpose and amortization of the Teachers Retirement System. If passed, we will request veto.