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Legislative Updates

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April 6

SB 264 would revise the distribution of sales and use tax proceeds from accommodations and rental vehicles, create a grant program for heritage properties, state parks, and tourism and is a major funding bill for parks, heritage sites and tourism!  The bill was amended to remove funding for the tourism entities and reduce others to 1% ($240,000).  Additional amendments put a sunset date on of July 1, 2021 with biennial reports to an interim committee.  It passed the Senate and will be heard by the House taxation committee on Tuesday, April 10.  We support but hope to see amendments to include the tourism community and increased amounts to all categories.

HB 204 that would allow the use of prospective liability waivers and releases to limit liability for damages or injuries sustained from participating in sports or recreational opportunities, passed the House and passed the Senate with amendments, and sent back to House.  Scheduled for 2nd reading on House floor on April 7.  We support.

HB 280 would clarify bicycle definition, passing of cycles, lamps and reflectors. It addresses safe passing of bicycles when a motor vehicle must cross over the center line and clarifies the need for front lights and rear lights or reflectors on bicycles.  It passed the House and is scheduled for 2nd reading on the Senate floor on Tuesday, April 7 We support.

HB 604 that would provide sustainable funding for maintenance of trails and bicycle safety education by adding $2 to the light motor vehicle registration fees passed the House and will be heard by the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 PM in room 405.  We support.

***Confirmation of State Park and Recreation Board members Tom Towe and Mary Sexton will likely be considered in executive session by the Senate Fish and Game Committee on either Tuesday or Thursday, April 7 or 9.   They were considered on March 24 but the committee voted against Tom Towe’s and Mary Sexton’s confirmation but subsequently tabled that vote (very unusual process).  We don’t want to lose these two very active members because of politics!  Both have served the Board with distinction and enthusiasm and have provided leadership to produce a strategic plan for the future.

 

March 30

SB 191 that would specify exception for state parks under procurement laws and allow for up to 14 year concessionaire agreements, passed the Senate and was amended and passed by the House on April 1 and sent back to the Senate for concurrence.  The House amendment increased the agreement time to 20 years.  We support.

SB 264 (see detail above) passed the Senate on March 30 and will be heard by the House taxation committee on Tuesday, April 10.  We support but hope to see amendments to include the tourism community and increased amounts to all categories.

HB 604 passed the House on March 31 and was transmitted to the Senate with a hearing scheduled for April 7.

 

March 22 Report

SB 64 would change Montana Heritage Commission law to eliminate self -supporting language and allow state general funds to be used for operations was signed by the Governor on February 17!  We supported.

SB 110 would create temporary motor vehicle registrations for non-resident off-highway vehicles (OHVs), was signed by the Governor on February 18!  We supported.

SB 191 that would specify exception for state parks under procurement laws and allow for up to 14 year concessionaire agreements, passed Senate was heard by House State Administration Committee on 3/17.  We support.

SB 264 would revise the distribution of sales and use tax proceeds from accommodations and rental vehicles, create a grant program for heritage properties, state parks, and tourism and provide rule making authority to FWP to administer a grant program.  This bill, heard on February 19 in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee, is a major funding bill for parks, heritage sites and tourism!  More than 45 people attended!  We support.

HB 82 that would allow development of a boat dock on Wild Horse passed the Legislature and was signed by the Governor on February 13.  We supported.

HB 167 would revise all-terrain vehicle laws to allow for a $27 non-resident temporary permit fee.  This bill passed 3rd reading in the House on February 13, and was heard by the Senate Fish and Game Committee March 10. We support.

HB 204 that would give strength to liability waivers, passed the House, and passed 2nd reading in the Senate on March 21.  We support.

HB 263 that would remove Madison Buffalo Jump State Park from the Primitive Parks list was tabled in House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee on February 5.  We supported.

HB 280 would clarify bicycle definition, passing of cycles, lamps and reflectors. It addresses safe passing of bicycles when a motor vehicle must cross over the center line and clarifies the need for front lights and rear lights or reflectors on bicycles.  It passed the House but failed a committee vote in Senate Highways and Transportation Committee on March 19.  However it still remains in committee so there may be a chance to keep it alive.  We support.

HB 300 that would require a snowmobile trail pass to ride on snowmobile trails and areas open to snowmobiles passed the House and will be heard in Senate Fish and Game Committee on Tuesday, 3/24 at 3:00 PM in room 422 of the capitol.  We support.

HB 386 would revise laws on the sale to or exchange of park land with public entities.  Failed on 3rd reading in the House on February 21.  We supported.

HB 391 that would allow tracked vehicles to be registered as snowmobiles, was tabled by the House Transportation Committee on February 13. We opposed.

HB 394 that would revise bicycle safety laws to require a 4 foot passing distance by motor vehicles when passing a bicycle, passed the House but was tabled in the Senate Transportation Committee on March 19.  We supported.

HB 407 that would increase recreational vehicle registration fees for OHVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, motor boats, motor homes and camper trailers for operations of Virginia/Nevada Cities was tabled in House Transportation Committee on February 13.  We opposed.

HB 604 that would provide sustainable funding for maintenance of trails and bicycle safety education by adding $2 to the light motor vehicle registration fees was heard in House Transportation Committee on March 20.  We support.

HB 616 will be heard in House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee on Tuesday, 3/24 at 3:00 PM in room 152.  HB 616 would set aside $425,000 each year of the biennium beginning July 1, 2015 for a grant program, administered by Fish, Wildlife & Parks, to improve accessibility to playgrounds.  We support.

Public Lands Bills

SB 274 would prohibit the sale of federal land in Montana, was tabled in Senate Judiciary CommitteeWe opposed.

SB 298 would require the attorney general to pursue reimbursement of money “owed” to Montana pursuant to the enabling act and depositing recovered funds in the permanent fund for the support of common schools, passed the Senate and will be heard by House Judiciary Committee on March 23We oppose.

SB 348 would revise state consent for the purchase of land for national forest purposes and require county and legislative approval, was indefinitely postponed in 2nd reading in Senate and missed transmittal deadlineWe opposed.

HB 496 would establish the transfer of public land feasibility task force to study the feasibility of state assumption of ownership or management responsibility for public land currently administered by the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, except for congressionally designated wilderness areas, requiring a final report and appropriating funds. This bill was tabled in House Natural Resources Committee on March 13.  We opposed.

 

Mid Term Report

SB 64 would change Montana Heritage Commission law to eliminate self -supporting language and allow state general funds to be used for operations.  The House passed this bill on 3rd reading on February 18 and has been transmitted to the Governor!

SB 110 would create temporary motor vehicle registrations for non-resident off-highway vehicles (OHVs), passed the Senate on February 6 and passed the House Transportation Committee on February 18 and is on its way to the House floor.

SB 191 would specify exception for state parks under procurement laws and allow for up to 14 year concessionaire agreements, passed Senate Administration Committee on Feb. 24 and transmitted to House.

SB 264 would revise the distribution of sales and use tax proceeds from accommodations and rental vehicles, create a grant program for heritage properties, state parks, and tourism and provide rule making authority to FWP to administer a grant program.  This bill, heard on February 19 in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee, is a major funding bill for parks, heritage sites and tourism!  More than 45 people attended!

HB 82 would allow development of a boat dock on Wild Horse passed the Legislature and was signed into law by the Governor on February 13.  

HB 167 would revise all-terrain vehicle laws to allow for a $27 non-resident temporary permit fee.  This bill passed 3rd reading in the House on February 13, and the Senate Fish and Game Committee hearing is March 10.

HB 204 would give strength to liability waivers, passed 3rd reading in House on 2/4 (69 – 31), and the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is March 5, 10:00 AM in room 303.

HB 263 would remove Madison Buffalo Jump State Park from the Primitive Parks list was tabled in House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee on February 5.

HB 280 would clarify bicycle definition, passing of cycles, lamps and reflectors. It addresses safe passing of bicycles when a motor vehicle must cross over the center line and clarifies the need for front lights and rear lights or reflectors on bicycles.  It passed the House and was heard on February 19 in Senate Highways and Transportation Committee.

HB 300 would require a snowmobile trail pass to ride on snowmobile trails and areas open to snowmobiles received a positive hearing in House Fish, Wildlife & Parks Committee Feb 5.  No further action to date.

HB 386 would revise laws on the sale to or exchange of park land with public entities.  Failed on 3rd reading in the House on February 21.

HB 391 would allow tracked vehicles to be registered as snowmobiles, was tabled by the House Transportation Committee on February 13.

HB 394 would revise bicycle safety laws to require a 4 foot passing distance by motor vehicles when passing a bicycle, passed the House on February 24 and transmitted to the Senate.

HB 407 would increase recreational vehicle registration fees for OHVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, motor boats, motor homes and camper trailers for operations of Virginia/Nevada Cities was tabled in House Transportation Committee on February 13.

Public Lands Bills

SB 274 would prohibit the sale of federal land in Montana, was tabled in Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 298 would require the attorney general to pursue reimbursement of money owed to Montana pursuant to the enabling act and depositing recovered funds in the permanent fund for the support of common schools, passed the Senate and transmitted to House on February 26.

SB 348 would revise state consent for the purchase of land for national forest purposes and require county and legislative approval, failed 2nd reading in Senate and missed transmittal.

HB 496 would establish the transfer of public land feasibility task force to study the feasibility of state assumption of ownership or management responsibility for public land currently administered by the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, except for congressionally designated wilderness areas, requiring a final report and appropriating funds. Will be heard by the House Natural Resources Committee on March 6.

 

Week 7, February 16 – 21

Senate Bill 64, would change Montana Heritage Commission law to eliminate self -supporting language and allow state general funds to be used for operations.  The House passed this bill on 3rd reading on February 18 and it will now go to enrolling and the Governor!  We supported bill.

SB 110, that would create temporary motor vehicle registrations for non-resident off-highway vehicles (OHVs), passed the House Transportation Committee on February 18.  We support.

HB 264 was heard on February 19 in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee.  It would revise the distribution of sales and use tax proceeds from accommodations and rental vehicles, create a grant program for heritage properties, state parks, and tourism and provide rule making authority to FWP  to administer a grant program.  This is a major funding bill this year for parks, heritage sites and tourism!  More than 45 people attended!  We support.

HB 280 was heard on February 19 in Senate Highways and Transportation Committee.  It would clarify bicycle definition, passing of cycles, lamps and reflectors. It addresses safe passing of bicycles when a motor vehicle must cross over the center line and clarifies the need for front lights and rear lights or reflectors on bicycles.  It passed the House on a vote of 89 – 9!  We support.

HB 300 that would create a snowmobile trail pass was heard on February 15.  No further action to date.  We support.

House Bill 386, Revise laws on the sale to or exchange of park land with public entities.  Failed on 3rd reading in the House on February 21.  We supported.

Other Bills of Interest

Senate Bill 191 would specify exception for state parks under procurement laws and allow for up to 20 year concessionaire agreements, received a positive hearing in Senate Administration Committee on Feb. 2.  No further action to date.  We support.

HB 82 would allow development of a boat dock on Wild Horse passed the Legislature and is on to enrolling and the Governor.  We supported bill.

HB 204 would give strength to liability waivers, passed 3rd reading in House on 2/4 (69 – 31), and will be heard in Senate Judiciary Committee on March 5.  We support.

HB 263 would remove Madison Buffalo Jump State Park from the Primitive Parks list in state law was tabled in House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee on February 5.  We supported bill.

House Bill 300, would require a snowmobile trail pass to ride on snowmobile trails and areas open to snowmobiles received a positive hearing in House Fish, Wildlife & Parks Committee Feb 5.  No further action to date.  We support.

Week 6, Feb. 9 – 14

House Bill 167, Generally revise all-terrain vehicle laws to allow for a $27 non-resident temporary permit fee.  This bill passed 3rd reading in the House on February 13 and is on to the Senate Fish and Game Committee. We support bill.

House Bill 391, that would allow tracked vehicles to be registered as snowmobiles, was tabled by the House Transportation Committee on February 13. We opposed bill.

House Bill 394, that would revise bicycle safety laws to require a 4 foot passing distance by motor vehicles when passing a bicycle,  was tabled in the House Transportation Committee on February 13 but, due to the hard work of Melinda Barnes, Bike Walk Montana, the Committee reconsidered and passed it out of committee on February 20! We support bill.

House Bill 407, that would Increase recreational vehicle registration fees for OHVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, motor boats, motor homes and camper trailers for operations of Virginia/Nevada Cities was tabled in House Transportation Committee on February 13.  We opposed bill.

 

 

For copies of bills and status, go to: http://laws.leg.mt.gov/legprd/law0203w$.startup?P_SESS=20151