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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 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 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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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 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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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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