Montana Environmental Information Center

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Use MEIC’s Legislative Bill Tracker tool to stay current with the most recent legislative happenings. You can see where a bill is in the process, read facts about different legislative proposals, and contact legislators about specific pieces of legislation.

Bills MEIC Support | Bills MEIC Oppose
SB 347 - Mining Industry Attack on Clean Water

  SB 347 (Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby) would allow mining companies, both hard rock and coal, to divert any amount of water from a stream without taking water quality into consideration. Current law states that any activities that would increase or decrease the mean monthly flow of surface waters by more than 15% or the […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed House and Senate, transmitted to Governor | Official legislative site

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SB 325 - Treating Toxic Chemicals as a Renewable Resource

SB 325 (Alan Olson, R-Roundup) would allow wood treated with creosote, arsenic, and pentachlorophenol (PCP) to be included as an eligible renewable resource under the Renewable Energy Standard (RES). The current RES explicitly excludes biomass treated with these chemicals from the list of eligible resources. These chemicals are extremely toxic and have serious health impacts. This […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed Senate & House, transmitted to Governor | Official legislative site

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HB 429 - Improving Energy Conservation and Small-Scale Renewables

HB 429 (Rep. Franke Wilmer, D-Bozeman) would double the energy conservation and alternative energy tax credits for each taxpayer from $500 to $1000. The bill also clarifies that the alternative energy tax credit can be taken for up to 25% of the cost of the system with a maximum of $1000. These two tax credits […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Failed Passage on 2nd Reading in House, Likely Dead | Official legislative site

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SB 262 - Preventing Adequate State Enforcement for Dangerous Environmental Practices

SB 262 (Sen. John Brenden, R-Scobey) would prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from investigating a citizen complaint regarding hazardous or dangerous substances, or mine operations if the person wants to remain anonymous, even if that person provides a name but asks that their name not be made public to avoid retribution.

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Tabled in Committee | Official legislative site

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SB 273 - Respecting Tribal Sovereignty, Providing Tribal Consultation

SB 273 (Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, D-Crow Agency) would require state agencies to consult with Indian tribes when a state action or state-assisted or licensed action has the potential to affect tribal traditional cultural property and to attempt to mitigate the impacts to tribal property.

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in Senate State Administration | Official legislative site

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HB 394 - Allowing Multi-unit buildings to Net Meter

HB 394 (Rep. Tom Jacobson, D- Great Falls) allows for aggregate net metering on a multi-unit building such as an apartment building, condo, or low income housing. This arrangement makes it possible for more people to buy into decentralized renewable energy generation because it allows multiple people to buy into one solar system, micro hydro […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in House Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications | Official legislative site

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SB 247 - Improving Small-Scale Renewable Energy Laws

SB 247 (Sen. Mike Phillips, D-Bozeman) will increase the cap on individual net metering systems from 50KW to 100KW. It will also allows net-metered customer to receive a credit for remaining unused kilowatt-hours accumulated during the billing cycle that they currently have to forfeit to a utility. This bill helps expand decentralized renewable energy generation […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Failed 2nd Reading in Senate, Likely Dead | Official legislative site

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SB 284 - An Extreme “Takings” Bill

SB 284 (Sen. Matthew Rosendale, R-Glendive) would radically expand compensation to property owners for so-called “takings” beyond what the U.S. and Montana Constitutions require. SB 284 would require local governments and state agencies to use taxpayer funds to compensate owners of private property if any rule, policy, permit condition or other action reduces the market […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Tabled in Senate Local Government | Official legislative site

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SB 106 - Including Energy Storage in the Renewable Energy Standard

SB 106 (Sen. Greg Jergeson, D-Chinook) would allow certain energy storage technologies to be included as an eligible renewable resource under the RES. Batteries, flywheels, and certain pumped hydro projects can be used to provide back-up service to intermittent renewable energy technologies such as wind, and can help to reduce peak energy demand. SB 106 […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Law | Official legislative site

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SB 295 - Repealing the Oil and Gas Tax “Holiday”

SB 295 (Sen. Christine Kaufmann, D-Helena) would would repeal the oil and gas production tax “holiday.” This tax break was enacted in the late 1990s to encourage oil and gas development in Montana. It exempts oil and gas wells from virtually all production taxes during the first 12-18 months. With the use of horizontal drilling […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in Senate Taxation Committee | Official legislative site

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