Feb. 8 bill status

Feb. 8, 2017 Priority Bill Summary  (Blue means support. Red means oppose.)


• HB 136
– tabled today in House Appropriations

• SB 115 – sitting around Senate Finance & Claims Committee. Please contact members of the committee.  Urge them to vote YES. You can leave a message for the whole committee here. Or call 444-4800 and ask to leave a message for the whole committee.

• HB 191 – passed Senate Finance, February 7

• SB 85 – heard in House Tax, February 8

• HB 387 – to be heard in House Human Services Committee February 13 Please contact members of the committee. Urge them to vote YES. You can leave a message for the whole committee here. Or call 444-4800 and ask to leave a message for the whole committee.

• SB 99 – to be heard in Senate Judiciary, February 15

• HB 280 – sitting around House Judiciary Committee. Please contact members of the committee.  Urge them to vote NO. You can leave a message for the whole committee here. Or call 444-4800 and ask to leave a message for the whole committee.

• HB 376 – to be heard in House Education February 15. Please contact members of the committee.  Urge them to vote NO. You can leave a message for the whole committee here. Or call 444-4800 and ask to leave a message for the whole committee.

• HB 385 – referred to House Judiciary

 

Bills we support

HB 136 (Custer)

MEA-MFT bill – HB 136 increases state funding of the defined benefit Game Wardens’ and Peace Officers’ Retirement System 2% in order to meet our state constitution’s mandate that our public employee retirement systems be actuarially funded.  MEA-MFT member correctional and probation and parole officers are embraced in this system.   
 

Passed House on 2d reading after being amended to increase employees’ contribution .44% to a total contribution of 11% to equal the state’s proposed contribution of 11%.  Tabled in House Appropriations February 8 but we do not think we are done for the session just yet.  There is still hope.  Folks know that if HB 136 does not pass this session amortizing the Game Warden’s Retirement System will be more expensive next session and even more the session thereafter.  Now is the time to amortize. 
 

SB 115 (Moe) –

MEA-MFT bill – SB 115 provides a $3,000 per year stipend for National Board Certified Teachers. 
 

Heard Senate Finance and Claims January 31. The committee could take executive action on SB 115 any day. Urge committee members to support this critical quality educator recruitment and retention bill.
 

(S)Finance and Claims -- Standing Committee
Sen. DUANE ANKNEY (R)
Sen. MARY CAFERRO (D)
Sen. TERRY GAUTHIER (R)
Sen. DAVID HOWARD (R)
Sen. LLEW JONES (R)--Chair
Sen. DOUG KARY (R)
Sen. BOB KEENAN (R)
Sen. MIKE LANG (R)
Sen. MARY MCNALLY (D)
Sen. FREDERICK ( ERIC ) MOORE (R)--Vice Chair
Sen. ALBERT OLSZEWSKI (R)
Sen. RYAN OSMUNDSON (R)
Sen. MIKE PHILLIPS (D)
Sen. JON SESSO (D)
Sen. CARY L SMITH (R)
Sen. JEFFREY 'JEFF' WELBORN (R)
Sen. LEA WHITFORD (D)
Sen. CYNTHIA WOLKEN (D)
 

HB 191 (Berglee)

HB 191 provides inflationary funding of k-12 basic and per pupil entitlements and other components of our public school funding program. 
 

Passed House.  Passed Senate Finance.  Amended to delay the full impact of inflationary increases.  HB 191 will NOT be the last word on k-12 school funding in this legislature.
 

SB 85 (Moe) – fiscal note

SB 85 is the  decennial bill necessary to place the Montana University System 6 mill levy on the 2018 general election ballot.  This bill must pass and it will.  But then not so long down the road we must work with the people of Montana to renew their property tax commitment to Montana higher education.  This is what we do.
 

Passed Senate. Heard in House Tax today, February 8. 
 
 
HB 387 (Wagoner) – authorizes a 12 bed assessment and stabilization unit (ASU for seriously impacted patients) on into an indefinite future AND gives MDC two more years to close effective June 30, 2019.  This is likely the best we can do to help repair the damage the last legislature did when it ordered MDC to close effective June 30, this year. 
 

To be heard in House Human Services, February 13. 
 

(H)Human Services -- Standing Committee
Rep. MARY ANN DUNWELL (D)
Rep. BILL HARRIS (R)
Rep. ELLIE HILL SMITH (D)
Rep. TOM JACOBSON (D)
Rep. JESSICA KARJALA (D)--Vice Chair
Rep. KATHY KELKER (D)
Rep. DENNIS LENZ (R)--Vice Chair
Rep. FORREST MANDEVILLE (R)
Rep. GORDON PIERSON (D)
Rep. MATT REGIER (R)
Rep. VINCE RICCI (R)
Rep. WALT SALES (R)
Rep. BARRY USHER (R)
Rep. KIRK WAGONER (R)--Chair
Rep. TOM WELCH (R)
 
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Bills we oppose

SB 99 (C. Smith) – Prohibits enforcement of federal firearms laws by Montana public employees. 

To be heard in Senate Judiciary, February 15.
 

HB 280 (Brodehl) – Authorizes legislators to carry handguns on state property. 

Heard in House Judiciary January 26.   Next thing you know, lobbyists will want guns too.  Ridiculous.  Like our public schools, the Capitol must remain gun free.  Urge members of House Judiciary to oppose HB
280.

(H)Judiciary -- Standing Committee
Rep. SETH BERGLEE (R)--Vice Chair
Rep. LAURIE BISHOP (D)
Rep. BOB BROWN (R)
Rep. VIRGINIA COURT (D)--Vice Chair
Rep. ALAN DOANE (R)--Chair
Rep. JENNY ECK (D)
Rep. BILL HARRIS (R)
Rep. ELLIE HILL SMITH (D)
Rep. KATHY KELKER (D)
Rep. CASEY KNUDSEN (R)
Rep. THERESA MANZELLA (R)
Rep. NATE MCCONNELL (D)
Rep. SHANE MORIGEAU (D)
Rep. DALE MORTENSEN (R)
Rep. ZAC PERRY (D)
Rep. MATT REGIER (R)
Rep. LOLA SHELDON-GALLOWAY (R)
Rep. BARRY USHER (R)
Rep. KIRK WAGONER (R)
 

 

HB 376 (Windy Boy) – legal note - Establishes local district charter schools, chartered through a politicized state charter commission, “not subject to the general supervision of the board of public education or the accreditation standards.”  In addition to bad public policy and a frontal assault on the board of public education and school accreditation and teacher licensure standards, HB 376 is unconstitutional.  
 

Absolutely nothing prevents a local school district from working with the board of public education to establish a charter school pursuant to rule – 10.55.604.
 

To be heard in House Education, February 15.  Urge members of House Education to oppose HB 376.
 
(H)Education -- Standing Committee
Rep. FRED ANDERSON (R)
Rep. JACOB BACHMEIER (D)
Rep. BECKY BEARD (R)
Rep. BRYCE BENNETT (D)
Rep. SETH BERGLEE (R)--Chair
Rep. AMANDA CURTIS (D)
Rep. JEFF ESSMANN (R)--Vice Chair
Rep. MOFFIE FUNK (D)--Vice Chair
Rep. EDWARD GREEF (R)
Rep. GREG HERTZ (R)
Rep. JEAN PRICE (D)
Rep. CASEY SCHREINER (D)
Rep. LOLA SHELDON-GALLOWAY (R)
Rep. SCOTT STAFFANSON (R)
Rep. SUE VINTON (R)
Rep. PEGGY WEBB (R)
Rep. SUSAN WEBBER (D)

 

HB 385 (Berglee) – “Montana School Safety Act” empowers an school district employee with a valid concealed weapons permit to carry a concealed handgun in school.”  Ridiculous and dangerous. 
 

Referred to House Judiciary. 

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