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2017 Montana Senate Voting Record

Know how your legislators voted, and hold them accountable for their votes. Don’t forget to thank them when they voted correctly. Remember that in order to fully evaluate a legislator, you must also consider committee performance, influence on the floor debates, and responsiveness to constituents. The  and  indicate whether the vote supported () or opposed () the protection of Montana’s environment. A vote marked A = absent, and a vote marked E = excused. Legislators are only scored on the bills in which they were present to vote. The votes used in this score card are only a selection of the most important bills during the session. For a full list of bills, visit MEIC’s Bill Tracker.

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SenatorTownScoreHB 339SB 32SB 48SB 78SB 98SB 102SB 190SB 235SB 337SB 338
SenatorTownScoreHB 339SB 32SB 48SB 78SB 98SB 102SB 190HB 235SB 337SB 338
Ankney, DuaneColstrip10%
Barrett, DickMissoula90%
Blasdel, MarkKalispell0%
Boland, CarlieGreat Falls78%E
Brown, DeeHungry Horse10%
Buttrey, EdwardGreat Falls20%
Caferro, MaryHelena80%
Cohenour, JillEast Helena90%
Connell, PatHamilton10%
Facey, TomMissoula80%
Fielder, JenniferThompson Falls0%
Fitzpatrick, SteveGreat Falls10%
Gauthier, TerryHelena0%
Gross, JenBillings89%E
Hinebauch, SteveWibaux10%
Hinkle, JedediahBelgrade10%
Hoven, BrianGreat Falls10%
Howard, DavidPark City10%
Jones, LlewConrad20%
Kary, DougBillings0%
Keenan, BobBigfork10%
Lang, MikeMalta0%
MacDonald, MargaretBillings90%
Malek, SueMissoula90%
McClafferty, EdieButte89%E
McNally, MaryBillings80%
Moore, EricMiles City0%
Olszewski, AlbertKalispell0%
Osmundson, RyanBuffalo10%
Phillips, MikeBozeman78%E
Pomnichowski, J.P.Bozeman100%
Regier, KeithKalispell0%
Richmond, TomBillings10%
Sales, ScottBozeman10%
Salomon, DanielRonan10%
Sands, DianeMissoula90%
Sesso, JonButte90%
Small, JasonBusby10%
Smith, CaryBillings0%
Smith, FrankPoplar90%
Swandal, NelsWilsall10%
Tempel, RusselChester30%
Thomas, FredStevensville0%
Vance, GordonBelgrade0%
Vincent, ChasLibby20%
Vuckovich, GeneAnaconda70%
Webb, RogerBillings0%
Welborn, JeffreyDillon10%
Whitford, LeaCut Bank90%
Wolken, CynthiaMissoula80%

Score Card Votes

HB 339 (Rep. Carl Glimm, R-Kila)

  • Description: Would re-open exempt well loophole, deplete stream-flows, and harm senior water rights.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate vote used: 2nd reading, passed 32 to 18.
  • Status: Passed the House and Senate. Vetoed by Governor. 

SB 32 (Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell)

  • Description: Would weaken the Renewable Energy Standard.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate vote used: 3rd reading, passed 31 to 19.
  • Status: Passed the House and Senate. Vetoed by the Governor.

SB 48 (Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby)

  • Description: Would put Montana DEQ in charge of the U.S. Army Corps’ §404 dredge and fill program.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate vote used: 3rd reading, passed 39 to 11.
  • Status: Tabled in House Natural Resources Committee.

SB 78 (Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell)

  • Description: Would drastically and unfairly reduce net metering compensation rates.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate vote used: 2nd reading, passed 33 to 16.
  • Status: Tabled in House Energy, Technology, and Federal Relations Committee.

SB 98 (Sen. Cary Smith, R-Billings)

  • Description: Would prevent government from adopting rules that burden private property.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate votes used: 2nd reading, failed 20 to 30.
  • Status: Failed 2nd reading in the Senate.

SB 102 (Sen. Tom Richmond, R-Billings)

  • Description: Would interfere with contracts for wind and solar projects.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate vote used: 3rd reading, passed 25 to 24.
  • Status: Tabled in House Energy, Technology, and Federal Relations Committee.

SB 190 (Sen. Mike Phillips, D-Bozeman)

  • Description: Would require rules for greenhouse gas emission sources.
  • MEIC Position: Support.
  • Senate vote used: 2nd reading, failed 18 to 32.
  • Status: Failed 2nd reading in the Senate.

SB 235 (Sen. Tom Richmond, R-Billings)

  • Description: Would allow Land Board to extend coal leases for Otter Creek coal tracts.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate vote used: 2nd reading, passed 32 to 17.
  • Status: Passed the House and Senate. Awaiting Governor’s action. 

SB 337 (Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip)

  • Description: Would eliminate Montana Board of Environmental Review.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate vote used: 3rd reading, passed 33 to 17.
  • Status: Passed the House and Senate. Awaiting Governor’s action. 

SB 338 (Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip)

  • Description: Would derail clean energy development.
  • MEIC Position: Oppose.
  • Senate vote used: 2nd reading, passed 43 to 7.
  • Status: Tabled in House Energy, Technology, and Federal Relations Committee, and rejected twice by full House.