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 028 - Allow Water Disputes to be Appealed to the Water Court

This bill would allow aggrieved parties in water disputes to appeal to the Montana Water Court, rather than Montana District Court. The Water Court was created, and has jurisdiction over the water adjudication process in Montana, and does not have the funding or resources to begin hearing water disputes among individual parties. Further, allowing the Montana […]

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

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SB 215 - Requiring Large Water Bottling Facilities to Comply with MFSA

This bill would require that large water bottling facilities comply with the Major Facility Siting Act, so that consideration is given for the proposed bottling facilities impact on the environment and that the public has influence in the permitting of the proposed facility.

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Bill Tabled in Senate Natural Resources on March 13th. | Official legislative site

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SB 330 - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

SB 330 would enable Montana cities and counties to offer Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to their residents and businesses. PACE is an innovative clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanism that has become increasingly popular around the country with 32 states now offering the program. Many Montana homes and businesses are old, inefficient buildings […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in Committee (March 23rd). | Official legislative site

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HR 002 - Eliminate BPA Tax on Montana Electricity

Currently, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) charges Montana energy producers and consumers a federal tax for using a short section of BPA’s 15,000 mile transmission system. This 90-mile stretch of line, from Townsend to Garrison, is critical for sending electricity to West Coast markets. It is also used to transport energy within the state for […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Passed House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations, 12-4, on March 10th. | Official legislative site

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HB 475 - Utility Accountability for Electric and Gas Rates

HB 475 would make clear the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) authority to initiate a general rate case for electricity and gas rates at any time it is considered in the public interest and deemed appropriate. Currently, uncertainty exists about the PSC’s ability to initiate a general rate case on its own. NorthWestern Energy had its last electric […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Energy and Telecommunications on March 21st. (Passed House, 80-20.) | 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: Tabled in House Energy (Tied Vote, 8-8). | Official legislative site

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SB 201 - Allow for Aggregate Net Metering

SB 201 is a fix to an administrative problem. It 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 […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Failed Blast Motion (Tied Vote, 25-25). | 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: Tabled in Committee on March 22nd. | 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: Transmitted to Senate Taxation. (Passed House, 61-38.) | 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: Hearing Occurred in House Natural Resources on March 8th. | Official legislative site

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