The following hearings are being held this week at the state legislature. To listen in on the proceedings, click HERE.

Wednesday – January 11 – Legislative Day 8

Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs – Room 422, 8am

SB68 – Revise wholesale drug distribution license through Board of Pharmacy (Dick Barrett)

Senate Judiciary – Room 303, 10am

SB81 – Generally revise coroner laws (Nels Swandal)

SB90 – Remove mandatory jail for driving on suspended or revoked license (Nels Swaldal)

Senate Local Government – Room 405, 3pm

SB79 – Revise laws regarding rural improvement districts for road maintenance (Steve Fitzpatrick)

 Senate Natural Resources – Room 303, 3pm

SB15 – Revise collection of payment for historic rights of way (Jill Cohenour)

SB18 – Establish wildfire fuel reduction funding process (Pat Connell)

Senate State Administration – Room 335, 3pm

SB87 – Revise campaign finance report laws (Keith Regier)

 House Business and Labor – Room 172, 8:30am

HB80 – General revise laws on secretary of state’s business services (Willis Curdy)

HB106 – Provide registration authority for appraisal management companies (Tom Jacobson)

HB114 – Prohibit the sale or trade of cultural patrimony and sacred objects (George Kipp)

HB122 – Revise Board of Realty Regulation (Casey Schreiner)

HB197 – Generally revise board of real estate appraisers terms of service (Tom Jacobson)

House Education – Room 137, 3pm

HB167 – Encourage school-community partnerships for arts education (Jeremy Trebas)

HB191 – Provide inflationary increase for ANB funding (Seth Berglee)

House Energy, Technology, and Federal Relations – Room 472, 3pm

HB189 – Eliminate certain automatic utility rate adjustments (Daniel Zolnikov)

HB193 – Revise utility electric cost recovery (Tom Woods)

House Human Services – Room 152, 3pm

HB95 – Increasing access to behavioral health care (Gordon Pierson)

HB121 – Remove sunset on patient-centered medical homes (Amanda Curtis)

 House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government – Room 350, 8am

HB2 – General Appropriations Act (Nancy Ballance) (Department of Administration – Health Care & Benefits Division; Risk Management and Tort Division)

House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services – Room 102, 8am

HB2 – General Appropriations Act (Nancy Ballance) (AMDD – Chemical dependency and mental health services)

House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation – Room 317C, 8:30am

HB2 – General Appropriations Act (Nancy Ballance) (Department of Transportation)

House Joint Appropriations/Finance and Claims Subcommittee on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement and Justice – Room 317A, 8am

HB2 – General Appropriations Act (Nancy Ballance) – Department of Justice

House Judiciary – Room 137, 8am

HB111 – Revising laws related to minor in possession data (Ryan Lynch)

HB129 – Revising laws related to privacy in communications (Ellie Hill Smith)

HB181 – Establish requirements for police dogs (Forrest Mandeville)

House Natural Resources – Room 172, 3pm

HB53 – Repeal assessment computation statute for conservation districts (Zach Brown)

HB54 – Revise water right abandonment laws to account for drought plans (Zach Brown)

HB78 – Revise temporary water right lease laws (Ryan Lynch)

House State Administration – Room 455, 9am

HB67 – Generally revise Teachers’ Retirement System (Marilyn Ryan)

HB68 – Revise university system retirement plan participation requirements (Marilyn Ryan)

HB72 – Increase university system supplemental contribution to TRS (Ryan Lynch)

HB159 – Designate Shelby veterans’ memorial (Rob Cook)

House Taxation – Room 152, 8am

HB43 – Authorize informal review deadline for second year property reappraisal cycle (Dave Fern)

HB47 – Revise tax laws to adopt federal regulations for partnerships (Zach Brown)

HB63 – Require withholding annual returns, W2s, and 1099s to be filed earlier (Jim Hamilton)

HB115 – Revise agricultural implements and machinery appraisal laws (George Kipp)

House Transportation – Room 455, 3pm

HB92 – Allow for alternative contracting process for the department of transportation (Frank Garner)

HB170 – Reducing vehicle fees for seniors (Jeremy Trebas)

HB174 – Revising vehicle requirements for the use of headlamps and tail lamps (Barry Usher)

Thursday – January 12 – Legislative Day 9

Senate Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation – Room 335, 3pm

SB73 – Revise laws related to livestock loss (Pat Connell)

 Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs – Room 422, 8am

SB80 – Revise dental auxiliary laws (Steve Fitzpatrick)

SB89 – Generally revise automobile franchise laws (Gordon Vance)

Senate Energy and Telecommunications – Room 317, 3pm

SJ2 – Study of renewable energy credits in Montana (Pat Connell)

SB32 – Repeal community renewable energy project requirements (Keith Regier)

Senate Finance and Claims – Room 317, 1:30pm – Hearing will begin at 1:30 pm or upon the adjournment of the Senate Floor Session

SB57 – Clarify highway patrol funding sources and increase certain registration fees (Mark Blasdel)

 Senate Fish and Game – Room 422, 3pm

SB74 – Authorize FWP commission to require barbless hooks in catch-and-release waters (Pat Connell)

SB91 – Clarify what constitutes as shooting from a vehicle for hunting purposes (Jedediah Hinkle)

 Senate Judiciary – Room 303, 10am

SB9 – Provide for primary enforcement of seatbelt laws (Dick Barrett)

Senate Taxation – Room 405, 9am

SB53 – Repeal biodiesel production incentive (Llew Jones)

SB85 – Submitting a 6-mill levy for support of the Montana University System to voters (Mary Moe)

 House Agriculture – Room 137, 3pm

HB157 – Removing restrictions on possession of domestically-bred foxes (Forrest Mandeville)

HB158 – Revise commercial fertilizer assessment laws (Rob Cook)

 House Appropriations – Room 102, 3pm

HB203 – Provide supplemental funding to department of transportation (Greg Hertz)

 House Business and Labor – Room 172, 8:30am

HB120 – Revise insurance laws pertaining to NAIC accreditation (Jacob Bachmeier)

HB127 – Provide phased-in revisions for pump dispenser, meter testing (Ray Shaw)

HB145 – Adopt NAIC model legislation regarding Annuities (Zach Brown)

 House Fish, Wildlife and Parks – Room 152, 3pm

HB97 – Increase block management landowner payment cap (Denley Loge)

HB164 – Revise distribution of base hunting license revenue (Kelly Flynn)

 House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government – Room 350, 8am

HB2 – General Appropriations Act (Nancy Ballance) (Legislative Audit Division fixed costs; Inflation/Deflation)

 House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services – Room 102, 8am

HB2 – General Appropriations Act (Nancy Ballance) (Medicaid and Health Services Administration, Health Resources Division)

House Joint Appropriations/Finance and Claims Subcommittee Long-Range Planning – Room 317B, 8:30am

HB6 – Renewable resource grants (Jim Keane

HB7 – Reclamation and development grants (Jim Keane)

HB8 – Renewable resource bonds and loans (Jim Keane)

House Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation – Room 317C, 8:30am

HB2 – General Appropriations Act (Nancy Ballance) (Department of Natural Resources and Conservation)

House Joint Appropriations/Finance and Claims Subcommittee on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement and Justice – Room 317A, 8am

HB2 – General Appropriations Act (Nancy Ballance) – Department of Justice

 House Judiciary – Room 137, 8am

HB133 – Generally revise sentencing laws (Nate McConnell)

HB165 – Revise punitive damage laws (Greg Hertz)

HB202 – Generally revise laws related to government employees and officers (Kirk Wagoner)

House Legislative Administration – Room 472, 2pm

HB100 – Revise legislative objection polling for administrative rulemaking process (Bryce Bennett)

House Local Government – Room 172, 3pm

HB200 – Revise laws regarding shared equity properties (Dave Fern)

 House State Administration – Room 455, 9am

HB79 – Modify when a military member may be turned over to civil authorities for trial (Willis Curdy)

HB136 – Actuarial funding for the Gamer Wardens’ and Peach Officers’ Retirement System (Geraldine Custer)

HB155 – Eliminate election day as state holiday (Greg Hertz)

House Taxation – Room 152, 8am

HB18 – Revise tax lien and tax deed laws (Tom Jacobson)

HB30 – Remove voted levies approved after creation of TIF from tax increment provision (Jeff Essmann) Hearing Cancelled

HB74 – Revise property reappraisal laws (Greg Hertz)

HB76 – Amend laws related to remittance of tax increment (Greg Hertz)

 Friday – January 13 – Legislative Day 10 – Draft Deadlines – Floor Amendments – Add/Delete Sponsors

Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs – Room 422, 8am

SB72 – Create presumptive illness for firefighters (Pat Connell)

 Senate Judiciary – Room 303, 10am

SB92 – Allow for proxy decision-making in medical care (Albert Olszewski)

 House Business and Labor – Room 172, 8:30am

HB160 – Assign warranty responsibility to registered contractor for work under contract (Dennis Lenz)

HB166 – Revising laws related to donation of game meat for nonprofit meal distribution (Jeremy Trebas)

HB172 – Generally revise telephone cooperative laws (Ross Fitzgerald)

 House Human Services – Room 152, 3pm

HB24 – Providing protections to vulnerable persons from financial exploitation (Ron Ehli)

HB139 – Revise adult protective services (Moffie Funk)

House Judiciary – Room 137, 8am

HB46 – Generally revising funding for civil legal aid (Kimberly Dudik)

HB64 – Revise child abuse diversion project laws (Kimberly Dudik)

HB168 – Provide for expungement of criminal records for misdemeanors (Zach Brown)

 House Natural Resources – Room 172, 3pm

HB99 – Limit adverse effects analysis (Zach Brown)

HB104 – Statutory appropriation for Ground Water Investigation Program (Carl Glimm)

HB107 – Establish Surface Water Assessment and Monitoring Program (Carl Glimm)

House State Administration – Room 455, 9am

HB39 – Adopting the most recent federal laws applicable to the National Guard (Jacob Bachmeier)

House Taxation – Room 152, 8am

HB112 – Revise uniform dispute review procedures for collection of delinquent taxes (Dave Fern)