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
HB 193 - Ensure reasonable cost recovery by utilities

HB 193 would ensure NorthWestern Energy and Montana Dakota Utilities are treated the same before the Public Service Commission when determining revenue recovery for outages at power plants. Specifically, this bill removes NorthWestern Energy’s exclusive ability to pass on the cost of power plant outages to customers even when the costs were imprudently incurred by the company. […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Energy on March 21st. (Passed House, 68-32.) | Official legislative site

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SB 337 - Eliminating Protection for Public Health and Safety

SB 337 would eliminate the Montana Board of Environmental Review. The BER has oversight authority over the Department of Environmental Quality for rule-making, as well as deciding challenges to permit decisions and enforcement actions. The BER acts as an independent body that determines whether DEQ follows the law and whether rules need to be changed to […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Natural Resources on March 22nd. | Official legislative site

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SB 339 - Colstrip Remediation Plan Requirement

SB 339 is a consensus bill developed by the Senate Natural Resources committee that would require the Colstrip owners to file a remediation plan with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. That plan must outline all remediation obligations under existing law and provide information on how the owners intend to comply with those obligations. The […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Natural Resources on March 22nd. | Official legislative site

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HB 585 - Loans for Financially Shaky Coal

This bill would loan Talen Montana $10 million from the coal tax trust permanent fund, annually. Until 2022, the trust coal tax trust fund would help operate the Colstrip plant. Talen Montana has repeatedly said it is losing millions of dollars each year operating Colstrip and cannot, and will not, continue to operate. This bill would give Talen the money […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Awaiting House Floor Vote. Passed House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations committee, 9-7, on March 20th. | Official legislative site

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SB 338 - Slamming the door on clean energy development

SB 338 (Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip) is a punitive bill that will scare away investments in large-scale clean energy development in Montana. The bill would force the owners of Colstrip to pay outlandish sums to the community of Colstrip yet the bill fails to guarantee cleanup of the extensive contamination at Colstrip, fails to provide […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Returned to the Senate with Amendments. Passed House, 100-0, on March 23rd. | Official legislative site

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HB 216 - Wind Project Bonding and Decommissioning

HB 216 places reasonable bonding and decommissioning requirements on wind development. Projects would be required to develop a decommissioning plan as well as post a bond – administered by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality – to allow for reclamation of lands impacted by wind projects. Provisions exist for developers to appeal bonding amounts if deemed […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Passed House Energy, Technology, and Federal Relations committee 15-1. Passed House 2nd Reading 97-3. | Official legislative site

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SB 032 - Repeal of Community Renewable Energy Projects

UPDATE (3-24-17): SB 32 passed the legislature and is awaiting Governor Bullock’s action. Call and email him today and ask him to please veto this bill: 406-444-3111, [email protected], or use the tool on the right. SB 32 would prevent jobs and new clean energy in Montana by repealing the Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREPs) provision of the […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Waiting for Governor Action. | Official legislative site

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SB 235 - Arbitrarily Extending State Land Coal Leases

SB 235 would allow the Montana Land Board to extend the date for coal leases beyond their traditional 10-year term if the Board finds that it would be in the “best interest of the state.” The bill could result in a lease renewal for the Otter Creek coal tracts if Arch Coal fails to develop […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Referred to House Natural Resources committee. (Passed Senate 32-16 on March 17th.) | Official legislative site

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SB 102 - Artificially Limit Clean Energy Development

SB 102 would place a 20-year maximum on contracts for wind and solar projects trying to utilize a federal law that encourages alternative energy production. Clean energy project developers, as well as the Montana Bankers Association, testified they would need 20-year minimum contracts in order to finance projects. Contracts greater than 20 years are standard […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on March 10th. | Official legislative site

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SB 048 - Direct the DEQ to Assume the Dredge and Fill Program

This bill would require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to assume the responsibilities of the 404 permitting program, which is currently administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This program protects our rivers, streams, and wetlands by requiring that any person who proposes to impact a Water of the United States must apply […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Natural Resources on March 10th. | Official legislative site

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