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Our 66th Session of the Montana Legislature convenes on Monday January 7. We anticipate several bills affecting recreation and parks programs and we will keep you informed of those bills and their status as the session progresses.
NOTE:SB means Senate bill, HB means House of Representatives bill, LC means a bill draft request has been submitted to Legislative Services.
RECREATION (Bills with Numbers or Language Available)
SB 24 (Senator Gauthier, Helena): Increase optional light motor vehicle registration fee for parks and recreation. This bill would increase the optional light motor vehicle registration fee from $6 to $9 and provide increased funding for state parks operations and maintenance, fishing access sites, and create a new made in Montana trails grant program.
LC 1322: (Representative White, Bozeman): Increase state gas tax distribution to recreation-related programs. This draft bill would increase the refund of state gas tax funds from 15/28 to ¾ of 1% to the state snowmobile program and from 1/8 to ¼ of 1% to the state OHV program.
PARKS (Bill with Number and Language Available)
SB 70 (Senator Flowers, Belgrade) Remove Headwaters State Park from the primitive parks list. Referred to Senate Fish and Game Committee.
You can maintain your knowledge of what’s happening in the legislature by going to https://leg.mt.gov/.
To find a bill go to http://laws.leg.mt.gov/legprd/LAW0200W$.Startup?P_SESS=20191
To find a legislator go to https://leg.mt.gov/legislator-lookup/
To review Montana state laws go to https://leg.mt.gov/statute/
To review our Montana Constitution go to https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title_0000/chapters_index.html
Bills Currently In Process – 2019 legislature
|SB 24||Sen. Gauthier||Increase light motor vehicle registration fee for parks, FAS, and recreation|
|SB 70||Sen Flowers||Remove Headwaters State Park from primitive parks list.|
|LC 0137||Rep. White||Sales tax and distribution of revenues|
|LC 0185||Sen. Lang||Revise fish, wildlife, and parks commission laws|
|LC 0192||Sen. Fitzpatrick||Revise laws pertaining to pools and recreational facilities|
|LC 0540||Sen. Fitzpatrick||Revise off-highway vehicle registration and licensing laws|
|LC 0541||Sen. Fitzpatrick||Revise off-highway vehicle registration and licensing laws|
|LC 0658||Sen. Pomnichowski||Generally revise laws related to recreation|
|LC 0797||Sen. Fitzpatrick||Generally revise state park fee laws|
|LC 0851||Rep. Woods||Generally revise laws related to recreation|
|LC 0854||Rep. Woods||Generally revise laws related to recreation funding|
|LC 1012||Sen. Thomas||Generally revise fish, wildlife, and parks laws|
|LC 1201||Rep. Dudik||Increase out-of-state fee for park entrance or camping|
|LC 1293||Rep. Garner||Generally revise vehicle safe passing of bicycles laws|
|LC 1322||Rep. White||Increase state gas tax distribution to recreation programs|
|LC 1323||Rep. White||Revise laws related to recreational trail passes|
|LC 1324, 1331||Rep. White||Revise laws related to fish, wildlife, and parks|
|LC 1335, 1336||Rep. White||Revise laws related to fish, wildlife, and parks|
|LC 2052||Rep. Bachmeier||Create saddle butte hiking trail|
|LC 2582, 2586||Sen. Fielder||Generally revise parks and recreation laws|
|LC 2750||Rep. Hamlett||Revise authority of parks board|
|LC 2904||Sen. MacDonald||Revise laws related to the state parks permanent fund|
|LC 2968||Rep. Anderson||Revise funding sources for Montana’s wilderness trails|