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 286 - Prohibiting State Agencies from Reasonable Rule-making

This bill would prohibit a state agency from adopting a rule if it burdened private property. This bill has no exception for government regulations that protect public health, safety, or neighboring property rights or values.

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed Senate, tabled in House State Administration committee. Bill is likely dead. | Official legislative site

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SJ 13 - Resolution Supporting Coal Mine Development and Export

This resolution urges unmitigated support for coal exports. It misrepresents the impact that coal has on ratepayers by saying coal is reliable, affordable and the most abundant source of energy in the U.S. The fact is clean energy such as energy efficiency and renewable energy like wind and solar are far cheaper, more reliable and […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed by Legislature, in Enrolling and Final Preparation Process. | Official legislative site

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SB 249 - Improving Energy Efficiency in State Government

This bill improves Montana’s energy performance contracting statute. Energy performance contracting allows state agencies and local governments to make energy efficiency improvements on existing buildings by contracting with certified energy service companies. Payment for these improvements is provided through the energy savings. This bill would help state agencies and local governments guarantee that the energy […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Scheduled for Third Reading 4/15 | Official legislative site

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HJ 11 - Support Construction of the Climate Damaging Keystone XL Pipeline

This resolution would support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would allow a Canadian corporation to ship oil to Asia via Gulf Coast refineries. Development of the tar sands has proven to be a major contributor to climate change and pollution of our air and water. 

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

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SB 218 - Assure Adequate Reclamation for Certain Metal Mines

This bill would require that metal mines which have a likelihood of creating acid mine drainage post a bond at 150% of the current bonding level. Montana has a long history of mining projects that do not adequately reclaim the land after they close, especially in regard to metal mines that cause perpetual pollution through […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Bill tabled in Senate Natural Resources, likely dead. | Official legislative site

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HB 243 - Public Disclosure of Fracking Fluids and Landowner Notification

This bill would require oil and gas operators to publicly disclose the chemicals that they use in hydraulic fracturing operations, and to provide adjacent landowners with at least 45 days notice that hydraulic fracturing will occur. The 45-day notice provision is important, as it provides landowners with enough time to conduct baseline water testing.

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in committee. Bill is likely dead. | Official legislative site

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HB 244 - Instigate Litigation on Coal Exports through Attorney General Slush Fund

This bill would create a $1 million slush fund for Montana’s attorney general Tim Fox to instigate litigation in Oregon and Washington in support of coal export terminals. This would double the attorney general’s entire litigation budget.

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed by Legislature, in enrolling and final preparation process. | Official legislative site

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SB 150 - Weaken the Universal Systems Benefits Law

This bill would increase the low income allocation to the energy program from the universal systems benefits fund (USB). This fund is intended to support three purposes: low-income assistance, energy conservation, and small-scale alternative energy systems. The bill would undermine the purpose of USB. Utilties already have the ability to fund low-income programs at a […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Transmitted to Governor. | Official legislative site

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SB 160 - Reducing Water Quality Protections

This bill would make it more difficult for citizens to protect water quality by challenging a permits to discharge pollutants into state waters when DEQ fails to do its job. A person concerned about water quality would have to prove, with “clear and convincing” evidence, that the original classification for a receiving stream was “arbitrary […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed by Legislature, in enrolling and final preparation process. | Official legislative site

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SB 159 - Revise Water Standards for Eastern Montana Tributaries

This bill would ban any water quality standards for tributaries of Rosebud Creek, the Tongue River, the Powder River, and the Little Powder River from being stricter than ambient conditions. Current water quality standards in southeast Montana are carefully designed to protect irrigators and other existing uses. The bill is supported by Arch Coal to […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Bill tabled in Senate Natural Resources committee, is likely dead. | Official legislative site

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