Member Organizations

The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association is comprised of professionals in the parks & recreation field dedicated to improving your quality of life! Members of the organization are affiliated with local, county, state and federal agencies and are featured throughout this website in picture collages. For further information, many have provided links to their respective websites on our Member Links page.

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Legislative Updates

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

 

Bill Number Sponsor Description
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