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 007 - Discrimination Against Net Metering Customers

UPDATE: SB 7 passed the legislature, but was vetoed by Governor Bullock. Montanans deserve the freedom to make their own energy choices. We witnessed that with the outpouring of public support for the Solar Jobs and Energy Freedom Act. Across Montana, people from all walks of life agree that solar is the Montana way. Montanans are […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Vetoed by Governor Bullock. Passed Senate, 31-18. Passed House, 56-42. | 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: Vetoed by the Governor. | Official legislative site

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SB 338 - Slamming the Door on Clean Energy Development

SB 338 (Sen. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip)is disguised as a pro-worker bill and pro-Colstrip community bill, but it is anything but those things. SB 338 creates a false choice: workers versus the environment. Montana can and should protect the environment and help workers, but that won’t happen if SB 338 is passed. No efforts have been […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Blast motion failed, 40-59, on House floor on April 18th. (Tabled in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on April 10th. Passed Senate, 43-6.) | Official legislative site

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SB 032 - Repeal of Community Renewable Energy Projects

UPDATE (4-10-17): SB 32 passed the legislature. Governor Bullock vetoed the bill. SB 32 would prevent jobs and new clean energy in Montana by repealing the Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREPs) provision of the Renewable Energy Standard. These projects are 25 megawatts or less in size and have majority local ownership. MDU met its requirement […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Vetoed by Governor Bullock. (Passed House, 59-39. Passed Senate, 31-19.) | 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: Vetoed by the Governor. | 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 to the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee they would need 20-year minimum contracts in order to finance projects. Contracts […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Bill Tabled in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations. (Passed Senate, 25-24.) | 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: Bill Tabled in House Natural Resources on April 3rd. (Passed Senate, 39-11.) | Official legislative site

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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: Signed by Governor on March 31st. | 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 Local Government on March 22nd. | Official legislative site

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SB 248 - Exempting Wells in Family Transfers

SB 248 has passed the House and Senate. Call Governor Bullock today and ask him to please veto this bad bill. 406-444-3111, [email protected] 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 […]

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

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