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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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Bills MEIC Support | Bills MEIC Oppose
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: Vetoed by the Governor. (Passed House, 63-36. 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: Bill Tabled in in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on February 24th. | Official legislative site

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HB 363 - Onerous Permitting Process for Clean Energy

Update: MEIC worked to kill this bill. It was tabled in committee on February 17th. This bill would direct the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to establish an onerous renewable energy permitting, decommissioning and remediation program. This bill makes an uneven playing field for renewable energy sources because: 1. No other large energy generation sources, […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Bill Tabled in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on February 17th. (Dead) | Official legislative site

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SB 078 - Attack on Net Metering Rates

SB 78 attacks solar energy development in Montana by mandating changes to rules that are currently set by the experts at the Public Service Commission (PSC), including: Mandating net metering credits be valued at avoided cost. “Avoided cost” is a specific ratemaking method that was designed for use with large, centralized power plants that remain in […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Tabled in House Energy Committee. (Passed Senate 30-19.) | Official legislative site

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SB 154 - Eliminate Net Metering Incentives

SB 154 would harm solar jobs and investments in Montana by eliminating modest incentives for net metered clean energy systems. Montana’s solar industry is on the cusp of explosive growth that would create new, good paying jobs across the state. Instead of seeking to help these new jobs and businesses grow, this bill bluntly targets only […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed House 57-42. Passed Senate, 33-17. Vetoed by Governor Bullock. | Official legislative site

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HB 339 - Threatening Montana’s Rivers and Streams

HB 339 would functionally overturn a Supreme Court decision last year that protected Montana’s water resources and property rights from sprawl. The bill would re-open the exempt well loophole that the Montana Supreme Court wisely closed last year, and give developers the right to take the water before those who are legally entitled to use that […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Awaiting Governor action. (Passed Senate, 32-18. Passed House, 62-38.) | Official legislative site

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HB 205 - Annual Fees for Electric Vehicles

This bill, as amended, would impose a $95 annual fee on electric vehicles and increase the fee $3 for every cent increase in the gas tax. It would also impose a fee on other alternative fuels like propane and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). There are only about 400 electric vehicles in Montana, putting them squarely […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed Senate and House. Vetoed by the Governor. | Official legislative site

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HB 593 - Bonding and Independent Auditing for Mines

This bill would require that mines proposed in sulfide ore bodies post a bond that is 50% greater than the amount normally required. Sulphide ore bodies are the precursor to acid mine drainage, a chemical process that has been the death sentence for several of Montana’s rivers and streams. This bill will also require that […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in committee on March 22nd. Blast motion in House failed. | Official legislative site

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SB 190 - Reporting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This bill would require the Board of Environmental Review to adopt rules that further define greenhouse gas emission sources and require the reporting and certification of greenhouse gas emissions to quantify emissions in Montana. This bill requires the Board to report to the Environmental Quality Council and provide the Council with proposals of reducing Montana’s emissions. Regulation of […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Senate Floor Second Reading Indefinitely Postponed on March 21st. Missed Deadline for Revenue Bill Transmittal. | Official legislative site

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SB 086 - Giving a Tax Break to Big Oil

This bill changes the threshold from which the oil and gas industry can get a tax break. The bill sets the tax break threshold from $30 a barrel to $54 a barrel for oil wells that use enhanced recovery technology. Currently, the price of oil fluctuates around $53. This means that when the price for oil is […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Signed by Governor on March 23rd. | Official legislative site

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