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.

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HB 193 - Ensure Reasonable Cost Recovery By Utilities

HB 193 would ensure NorthWestern Energy and Montana Dakota Utilities are treated the same before the Public Service Commission when determining revenue recovery for outages at power plants. Specifically, this bill removes NorthWestern Energy’s exclusive ability to pass on the cost of power plant outages to customers even when the costs were imprudently incurred by the company. […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Passed Senate 29-21. Passed House, 68-32. Signed by the Governor. | Official legislative site

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SB 339 - Colstrip Remediation Plan Requirement

SB 339 is a consensus bill developed by the Senate Natural Resources committee that would require the Colstrip owners to file a remediation plan with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. That plan must outline all remediation obligations under existing law and provide information on how the owners intend to comply with those obligations. The […]

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

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HB 216 - Wind Project Bonding and Decommissioning

HB 216 would be the first time bonding and decommissioning plans are required for wind development in Montana. Projects would be required to develop a plan for decommissioning and reclamation as well as post a bond to pay for eventual implementation of the plan. The Department of Environmental Quality would set the bonding amount and administer the program. While renewable […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Signed by the Governor. (Passed House 97-2. Passed Senate 50-0.) | 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 if they choose to do so. Many Montana homes and businesses are old, inefficient buildings in need of upgrades, but it’s a challenge to find financing for the upfront cost. PACE is a way for Montanans […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in House Natural Resources Committee. (Passed Senate, 31-19.) | 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: Resolution Adopted, 73-27, on April 12th. No further vote required. | 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: Bill Tabled in Senate Energy and Telecommunications on March 28th. | 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: Bill tabled in Senate Energy and Telecommunications. Failed Blast Motion (Tied Vote, 25-25). | 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: Failed Senate Floor vote, 25-25. | Official legislative site

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