Capitol Monitor is MEIC’s weekly legislative bulletin, filling you in on the legislative good, bad, and ugly. We include the most relevant legislative topics on the environment and conservation, and offer tools for contacting legislators and becoming involved in the legislative process in order to protect our environment.
Volume 20, Number 3 -- April 16, 2012
Bad Bills are Headed to His Desk!
While many of this session’s anti-environment bills did not “pass muster,” and have been defeated in committee or failed on a floor vote in the Senate or House, several bad bills have cleared the Legislature and now await action by Governor Steve Bullock. The only thing stopping these bills from becoming law is his veto. We need you to e-mail, write, and call the governor today, and ask him to veto these attacks on Montana’s clean air, water, and open landscapes!
With your help MEIC met with some success in stopping anti-environment bills from reaching the governor. Together we stopped a bill that would have prevented DEQ from acting on anonymous complaints, stopped an extreme “takings” bill, stopped an extremely burdensome and financially costly bill that would have required the State to coordinate with counties when making permitting decisions, stopped bills that would have reduced regulation of gravel mines, and stopped or amended bills that would have weakened your right to participate in government decision-making.
Volume 20, Number 2 -- January 14, 2012
Your Help is Needed this Session
This session’s anti-environment bills are largely a rehash of bad ideas that were defeated or vetoed in the 2011 Legislative Session. Some bills seek to encourage coal development and weaken clean energy laws such as the State’s renewable energy standard. Others take aim at our constitutional rights. Many bills rising from the ashes are aimed at weakening local land use laws. Fortunately, some legislators do want to address climate change. Ending the oil and gas tax holiday and preventing oil and gas companies from wasting natural resources with unnecessary flaring are just some of the good ideas emerging this session.
If you want to be a “citizen lobbyist,” attend one of our lobby days (see information below) and help us push good ideas forward or defeat one or two of the many anti-environment bills.
Volume 20, Number 1 -- January 7, 2012
Your "insider's guide" to the 2013 Legislature
Welcome to the first issue of MEIC’s Capitol Monitor for the 2013 legislative session. As usual, you can expect to receive high-quality and up-to-date information on the Montana Legislative Session.
We expect this session will be one of the most challenging in MEIC’s 40-year history. We hope that by communicating promptly and frequently with you—our members—you will be able to participate more effectively in our lobbying efforts.
And—no kidding—we need your help. Our lobbyists cannot do it alone. Protecting the environment this session will require everyone’s efforts. So please use the Capitol Monitor and our website (www.meic.org) to get involved. Let’s protect the things that make Montana special.
Volume 19, Number 14 -- May 4, 2011
The Session’s Over . . . but there’s still One Thing for You to Do
This is the last issue of Capitol Monitor for the 2011 legislative session. It will be brief, because in two weeks you will be receiving MEIC’s comprehensive end-of-session report in the May issue of Down to Earth. But we wanted to send you this summary while the Legislature was still fresh in your mind. And there is one more thing we hope you will do!
The highly contentious session came to an end last week. That means, finally, an end to some of the most egregious attacks on environmental laws we’ve ever seen – as well as an end to some of the silliest, most unconstitutional, and most mean- spirited bills in recent memory. Hundreds of bills were introduced to do everything from overriding the citizen-approved restrictions on nuclear power plants and cyanide heap-leach mining to gutting the Montana Environmental Policy Act and nullifying federal laws and authorities.