SB 257 by Sen. Jason Small (R-Busby) is a vaguely written bill intended to stop local governments from adopting carbon taxes, which none of them are trying to do. But the language is so broad that it could prevent local governments from adopting any regulation that even tangentially impacts carbon emissions including transportation plans, design standards, noise limitations, development patterns, etc. It is opposed by Missoula, Helena, and Bozeman who are developing clean energy plans.
This bill will be voted on by the full Senate on Monday, March 1.
Anne Hedges, ahedges[@]meic.org or Derf Johnson, djohnson[@]meic.org