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.

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SB 168 - Deadline for PSC Comments on Utility Long-Term Resource Plans

SB 168 would require the Public Service Commission (PSC) issue its official comments on NorthWestern Energy’s Resource Procurement Plan within nine months of the plan being submitted for review. The Resource Procurement Plan is a 20-year look into the future for how NorthWestern will meet its energy needs. It’s an important document that guides and informs numerous decisions […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Awaiting Senate Floor Vote. Passed Senate Energy and Telecommunications, 13-0. | Official legislative site

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HB 504 - Solar Jobs and Energy Freedom Act

Solar is the Montana way and Montanans deserve the freedom to make their own energy choices. By removing obstacles that restrict energy choices, we’ll create good jobs and protect our way of life while powering our homes and businesses with affordable, homegrown solar energy. The Solar Jobs and Energy Freedom Act (HB 504) will enable Montanans […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Executive Action February 24th. Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on February 22nd. | Official legislative site

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SB 201 - Allow for Aggregate Net Metering

SB 201 would allow individuals with multiple electric meters on their property to apply bill credits generated by a single net metered system to all of their meters. Currently, one net metered systems can only put their bill credits toward one individual meter. For example, if a farmer has three irrigation pivots that each have an […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Energy and Telecommunications on February 21st. | Official legislative site

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HB 455 - Skirting Around Clean Waters’ Nondegradation Review

This bill would require Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to review and rewrite water quality rules related to non-degradation requirements that may impact subdivisions and the effects they may pose from wastewater discharges to groundwater and surface water. There are already extensive rules and statutes governing this issue specifically trying to prevent degredation of high quality […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Local Government on February 21st. | Official legislative site

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HB 442 - Parks, Museums, and the Arts Could Get Property Tax Exemption

This property tax exemption bill will provide an exemption for public parks that are not operated for profit. Public parks are areas of land that provide enjoyment for the public, have facilities for rest and recreation, and offer conservation and values.

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in House Taxation on February 23rd. | Official legislative site

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HB 445 - Public Review on Phased Development

This bill requires that a subdivision proposal be submitted for review by the governing body for certain criteria (including adverse impacts to health, safety, and welfare) and a public hearing must be held for review of each phase of development.  

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Local Government on February 16th. | Official legislative site

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HB 457 - Exempting Lot Redesigns from Review

This bill exempts redesigned or rearranged subdivisions from review if there are no changes to lot sizes or access to roads, utility, and easements. It would allow a developer to change the lot layout of a subdivision after the subdivision is approved by the local government. This would defeat the purpose of subdivision review and jeopardize water quality […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Tabled in House Local Government on February 21st. | Official legislative site

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SB 248 - Exempting Wells in Family Transfers

This bill would allow anyone using the family transfer exemption in the subdivision and platting act to also be guaranteed an exemption from obtaining a water right for a well that pumps up to 35 gallons per minute.  This would eliminate any checks on the location of the new well and whether it will have any influence […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Awaiting Senate 3rd Reading. Hearing Occurred in Senate Local Government on February 20th. | Official legislative site

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SB 093 - Reducing Protections for Homeowners Living Near Oil and Gas

This bill would replace rules that were recently adopted by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas that require homeowners and businesses within a certain distance to be notified before drilling operators begin drilling. This bill would reduce the distance used to determine who is notified and remove schools and hospitals from the notification requirements.

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on February 15th. Passed Senate, 32-18. | Official legislative site

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HB 486 - Prohibiting Pipelines From Crossing Under Streams and Lakes

This bill prohibits pipelines (10 inches or more in diameter) from transporting fossil fuels under navigable bodies of water (like lakes, streams, and rivers). Pipelines located underwater threatens water quality and makes it more difficult to stop leaks, as some crude oils sink and do not float. This bill also requires rules to be adopted for special castings, […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on February 20th. | Official legislative site

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