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Legislative Action Alert: February 20, 2019

It is now less than two weeks until the transmittal break: there is plenty to be done and we will need your help! Please contact your legislators and tell them why they should (or shouldn’t) vote for the bills on this action alert. It is imperative that they hear directly from their constituents. Montana Audubon will send an additional action alert this week to keep you up to date with the continual evolution of important bills related to Montana’s habitat and wildlife. Also: don’t forget, our citizen lobby day is coming up on March 8th and we would love to see you. Please RSVP by emailing Amy or Wyatt ([email protected]) or ([email protected]).

Let’s all continue to do our part for Montana’s birds and other wildlife!

Amy & Wyatt


HB 332 would require approval by a board of county commissioners prior to wild bison (wild buffalo) being released into a county. This erodes Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ authority over wildlife, and the bill is written so that prohibiting bison in a county could be enforced by a county growth policy, which would become the only instance where a growth policy has regulatory power. The bill also requires transferred bison to be certified as brucellosis free


House Bill 332 – Require county approval to relocate bison

Status: Waiting for Executive Action

Montana Audubon Position – Oppose


House Agriculture

Rep. Ray Shaw (R-Sheridan)

Rep. Casey Knudsen (R-Malta)

Rep. Andrea Olson (D-Missoula)

Rep. Fred Andersen (R-Great Falls)

Rep. Jacob Bachmeier (D-Havre)

Rep. Becky Beard (R-Elliston)

Rep. Laurie Bishop (D-Livingston)

Rep. Julie Dooling (R-Helena)

Rep. Willis Curdy (D-Missoula)

Rep. Moffie Funk (D-Helena)

Rep. Joshua Kassmier (R-Fort Benton)

Rep. Connie Keogh (D-Missoula)

Rep. Wendy McKamey (R-Great Falls)

Rep. Dale Mortensen (R-Billings)

Rep. Alan Redfield (R-Livingston)

Rep. Vince Ricci (R-Laurel)

Rep. Katie Sullivan (D-Missoula)

Contracts Lengths

HB 22 returns contract lengths for independent wind and solar “Qualifying Facilities” (QF’s) to 25 years, the same length they were before a harmful 2017 Public Service Commission ruling. QF’s are the largest driver of new wind and solar projects in Montana. Twenty-five years is a standard contract length for power plants. NorthWestern Energy itself has asked for and received guaranteed revenue recovery for its own power plants at lengths of 25, 30, 34, and 50 years.


Bill: House Bill 22 – Revise electricity supply resource contract length

Status: Waiting for Executive Action

Montana Audubon Position – Support


Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications

Rep. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings)

Rep. Christopher Pope (D-Bozeman)

Rep. Geraldine Custer (R-Forsyth)

Rep. Derek Skees (R-Kalispell)

Rep. Alan Doane (R-Bloomfield)

Rep. Neil Duram (R-Eureka)

Rep. Wylie Galt (R-Martinsdale)

Rep. Denise Hayman (D-Bozeman)

Rep. Andrea Olson (D-Missoula)

Rep. Alan Redfield (R-Livingston)

Rep. Sharon Steward Peregoy (D-Crow Agency)

Rep. Katie Sullivan (D-Missoula)

End commercialized predator hunting

SB 186, introduced by Senator Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman), would add predators to MCA 87-6-214. This code does not allow contests or prizes to be given by a person, firm, or club for taking capturing, killing, or in any manner acquiring any game, fowl, or fur-bearing animal, any predatory animal as defined in 81-7-101, or any bird or animal protected by law. SB 186 is adding the underlined line (above) to the code. The intent of the original statute was to protect all wildlife from commercialization; therefore predators should also be included.


Bill: Senate Bill 186 – Prohibit contests for predatory animals

Status: Hearing in Senate Fish and Game

Montana Audubon Position – Support


Senate Fish and Game    

Sen. Jennifer Fielder (R-Thompson Falls)

Sen. Steve Hinebauch (R-Wilbaux)

Sen. Jill Cohenour (D-East Helena)

Sen. Jason Ellsworth (R-Hamilton)

Sen. Pat Flowers (D-Belgrade)

Sen. David Howard (R-Park City)

Sen. Tom Jacobson (D-Great Falls)

Sen. Mike Lang (R-Malta)

Sen. Edie McClafferty (D-Butte)

Sen. Cary Smith (R-Billings)   

Resolution to Congress regarding climate change policy

SJ 8 is a joint resolution to the U.S. Congress that asks the federal government to change its current policy on climate change and join the international community in making a joint, concerted effort to implement global policy that would scale-back greenhouse gas emissions–among other important, forward-thinking policies–heading into the future.

Bill: House Joint Resolution – Resolution to Congress regarding climate change policy

Status: Hearing in Senate Energy and Telecommunications

Montana Audubon Position – Support


Senate Energy and Telecommunications

Sen. Duane Ankney (R-Colstrip)

Sen. Jason Small (R-Busby)

Sen. Mary McNally (D-Billings)

Sen. Dick Barrett (D-Missoula)

Sen. Mike Cuffe (R-Eureka)

Sen. Terry Gauthier (R-Helena)

Sen. Doug Kary (R-Billings)

Sen. Sue Malek (D-Missoula)

Sen. Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman)

Sen. Keith Regier (R-Kalispell)

Sen. Tom Richmond (R-Billings)

Sen. Russel Tempel (R-Chester)

Sen. Gene Vuckovich (D-Anaconda)

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