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Legislative Action Alert: March 12th, 2021

House Bill 599: Generally revise open cut laws

Status: Hearing: 03/15/2021; 3:00 PM, Rm 303 (S) Nat Res      

Position: Oppose

HB 599 is a truly radical fundamental re-write of gravel pit laws in a way that would completely cut the public out of the permitting process in nearly every instance. The bill, introduced at the 11th hour, is loaded with flaws, eliminates dozens of requirements for gravel pit operators, and completely excludes notification and involvement of neighboring landowners in most gravel pit permitting processes.

URGENT ACTION!

  1. Sign up to testify by 12pm on 3/14 HERE.
  2. Follow the steps below to contact the Senate Natural Resources committee HERE.
  • Fill out the form provided.
  • Select Committees (You may have to scroll down to find this)
  • Select (S) Natural Resources 
  • Select Bill Type (HB) and Bill Number 599
  • Select Against
  • Provide your message, making sure to personalize with your name, hometown and one sentence about your background and concern.
  1. Contact the Senate Natural Resources Committee directly!

Welborn, Jeffrey (R) ‑ Chair, [email protected], (406) 949-6070

Small, Jason (R) ‑ Vice Chair, [email protected], (406) 690-0923

Flowers, Pat (D) ‑ Vice Chair, [email protected], (406) 580-0035

Ankney, Duane (R), [email protected], (406) 740-0629

Brown, Bob (R), [email protected], (406) 242-0141

Cohenour, Jill (D), [email protected], (406) 227-1144

Gillespie, Bruce (R), [email protected], (406) 949-4453

Hoven, Brian (R), [email protected], (406) 761-8533

Jacobson, Tom (D), [email protected], (406) 868-9814

Lang, Mike (R), [email protected], (406) 654-7357

Lynch, Ryan (D), [email protected], (406) 498-6625

Pomnichowski, JP (D), [email protected], (406) 587-7846

Secretary: Lauren de Paepe, Rm 320, (406) 444‑4618

Staff: Jason Mohr, Rm 171D, (406) 444‑1640

 

SB 260: Generally revise laws related to property interests and transfer of businesses

Status: Hearing 03/16/2021; 08:30 AM, Rm 172       

Montana Audubon Position: Oppose

SB 260 would greatly expand on the provision in the Montana Constitution that already requires a government body to pay a property owner if an action takes away the entire value of that person’s property. SB 260 drastically changes that. SB 260 would require the state to pay whenever a state action diminishes the value of the property by as little as 25% regardless of the need for the regulation to protect public health, safety, and welfare. 

A similar bill in 2013 was projected to cost Montana $600 million over six years and it had protections for public health, safety, and welfare! Governments must be able to protect all people, including those who live downwind or downstream from a project, or are concerned about their property values or well-being.

SB 260 defines property so broadly that it includes far more than just land. It also includes stocks, bonds, business brands, credit, intellectual property, perceived financial stability of a company, property fixtures, personal property or appurtenances, water rights, permits, domestic animals, all obligations, labor, business licenses, all types of property associated with business licenses, and a host of other types of property.

URGENT ACTION!

  1. Sign up to testify by 12pm on 3/15 HERE.
  2. Follow the steps below to contact the House Business and Labor committee HERE.
  • Fill out the form provided.
  • Select Committees (You may have to scroll down to find this)
  • Select (H) Business and Labor
  • Select Bill Type (SB) and Bill Number 260
  • Select Against
  • Provide your message, making sure to personalize with your name, hometown and one sentence about your background and concern.
  1. Contact the House Business and Labor Committee directly!

Noland, Mark (R) ‑ Chair, [email protected], (406) 253-8982

Buttrey, Ed (R) ‑ Vice Chair, [email protected], (406) 452-6460

Sullivan, Katie (D) ‑ Vice Chair, [email protected], (406) 616-3914

Abbott, Kim (D), [email protected], (406) 439-8721

Anderson, Fred (R), unavailable email, (406) 761-4042

Curdy, Willis (D), [email protected], (406) 728-0981

Duram, Neil (R), [email protected], (406) 471-2356

Fitzgerald, Ross (R), [email protected], (406) 467-2032

Funk, Moffie (D), [email protected], (406) 461-6785

Galloway, Steven (R), [email protected], (406) 727-4963

Gist, Steve (R), [email protected], (406) 231-4050

Gunderson, Steve (R), [email protected], (406) 334-4370

Harvey, Derek (D), [email protected], (406) 490-5472

Loge, Denley (R), [email protected], (406) 649-2368

Marshall, Ron (R), [email protected], (406) 579-9498

Novak, Sara (D), [email protected], (406) 691-0069

Olsen, Andrea (D), [email protected], (406) 543-2666

Seekins‑Crowe, Kerri (R), [email protected], (406) 208-6587

Whiteman Pena, Rynalea (D), [email protected], (406) 477-8717

Zolnikov, Katie (R), [email protected],(406) 690-1684

Clerk: Jordee Bomgardner, Rm 468, (406) 444‑1513

Staff: Jameson Walker, Rm 125, 444‑3722

 

SB 257: Prohibit local governments from imposing carbon penalties, fees, or taxes

Status: Waiting on House Taxation executive action

Montana Audubon Position: Oppose

SB 257 eliminates local governments (i.e. cities, towns, and counties) from enacting or adopting any ordinance or regulation that includes any fees, taxation, or penalties for the use of fossil fuel based energy consumption (carbon). Several cities and towns in Montana have adopted 100% clean energy goals on behalf of their citizens, and are considering “green tariffs” as a way to advance the clean energy goals in their communities. This bill would prohibit them from addressing climate change at a local level, and in a way that is responsive to their constituents.

Action!

  1. Follow the steps below to contact the House Taxation committee HERE.
  • Fill out the form provided.
  • Select Committees (You may have to scroll down to find this)
  • Select (H) Taxation
  • Select Bill Type (SB) and Bill Number 257
  • Select Against
  • Provide your message, making sure to personalize with your name, hometown and one sentence about your background and concern.
  1. Contact the House Taxation Committee directly!

Beard, Becky (R) ‑ Chair – (406) 492-6590, [email protected]

Welch, Tom (R) ‑ Vice Chair – (406) 683-4811, [email protected]

Fern, Dave (D) ‑ Vice Chair – (406) 212-0674, [email protected]

Abbott, Kim (D), [email protected], (406) 439-8721

Brewster, Larry (R) – (406) 670-0929, [email protected]

Buckley, Alice (D) – (406) 404-0891, [email protected]

Dunwell, Mary Ann (D) – (406) 461-5358, [email protected]

Fielder, Paul (R) – (406) 210-5943, [email protected]

Hinkle, Caleb (R) – (406) 585-0722, [email protected]

Kassmier, Joshua (R) – (406) 781-5386, [email protected]

Kerns, Scot (R) – (406) 351-0154, 

Knudsen, Rhonda (R) – (406) 489-5253, [email protected]

Malone, Marty (R) – (406) 223-1302, [email protected]

Marler, Marilyn (D) – (406) 544-7189, [email protected]

Mitchell, Braxton (R) – (406) 314-9474, [email protected]

Sheldon‑Galloway, Lola (R) – (406) 750-4721, [email protected]

Thane, Mark (D) – (406) 552-3957, [email protected]

Trebas, Jeremy (R) – (406) 899-5445, [email protected]

Clerk: Kathy Sangray, Rm 451, 406-444‑4467 

Staff: Megan Moore, Rm 111A, 406- 444‑4496

 

SB 98: Revising laws related to grizzly bear take in defense of persons and livestock

Status: Waiting on House Agriculture executive action

Montana Audubon Position: Oppose

This bill would redefine when a grizzly bear can be killed to include threatening livestock. The language would replace language approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assure adequate mechanisms to maintain grizzly bears post delisting from the endangered species list, and ensure that grizzlies are never delisted in Montana.

This bill would allow anyone to kill any grizzly bear at any time if livestock were in the area, resulting in the unregulated killing of grizzly bears in Montana. If this bill is passed, there would be no regulatory mechanism for FWP to monitor and limit grizzly mortality, and thus the Fish and Wildlife Service could not delist grizzly bears in Montana. Contact members of the Senate Agricultural, Livestock and Irrigation Committee and tell them to vote NO on SB 98

Action!

  1. Follow the steps below to contact the House Agriculture committee HERE.
  • Fill out the form provided.
  • Select Committees (You may have to scroll down to find this)
  • Select (H) Agriculture
  • Select Bill Type (SB) and Bill Number 98
  • Select Against
  • Provide your message, making sure to personalize with your name, hometown and one sentence about your background and concern.
  1. Contact the House Agriculture Committee directly!

Kassmier, Joshua (R) ‑ Chair, [email protected], (406) 781-5386

Dooling, Julie (R) ‑ Vice Chair, [email protected], (406) 471-4125

Olsen, Andrea (D) ‑ Vice Chair, [email protected], (406) 543-2666

Anderson, Fred (R), unavailable email, (406) 761-4042

Beard, Becky (R), [email protected], (406) 492-6590

Binkley, Michele (R), [email protected], (406) 375-0291

Curdy, Willis (D), [email protected], (406) 728-0981

Funk, Moffie (D), [email protected], (406) 461-6785

Knudsen, Casey (R), unavailable email, (406) 390-0274

Ler, Brandon (R), [email protected], (406) 480-5687

Malone, Marty (R), [email protected], (406) 223-1302

Marshall, Ron (R), [email protected], (406) 579-9498

McKamey, Wendy (R), unavailable email, (406) 866-3300

Smith, Frank (D), [email protected], (495) 942-0615

Sullivan, Katie (D), [email protected], (406) 616-3914

Walsh, Kenneth (R), [email protected], (406) 684-5624

Whiteman Pena, Rynalea (D), [email protected], (406) 477-8717

Clerk: Jacquelynn Bomgardner, Rm 468, (406) 444‑1596

Staff: Cori Hach, Rm 129, (406) 444‑6857

 

SB 337: Revising laws related to grizzly bear relocation

Status: Waiting House Fish Wildlife and Parks Executive committee action

Montana Audubon Position: Oppose

This bill states that bears found outside the established recovery zones cannot be translocated by the state, and therefore would be killed. It would raise major concerns with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and preclude every delisting grizzly bear because of issues with adequate management protocols to ensure grizzly mortality isn’t too high.

Action!

  1. Follow the steps below to contact the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks committee HERE.
  • Fill out the form provided.
  • Select Committees (You may have to scroll down to find this)
  • Select (H) Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  • Select Bill Type (SB) and Bill Number 337
  • Select Against
  • Provide your message, making sure to personalize with your name, hometown and one sentence about your background and concern.
  1. Contact the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee directly!

Fitzgerald, Ross (R) ‑ Chair, [email protected], (406) 467-2032

Duram, Neil (R) ‑ Vice Chair, [email protected], (406) 471-2356

Farris‑Olsen, Robert (D) ‑ Vice Chair, [email protected], (406) 794-4780

Berglee, Seth (R), [email protected], (406) 690-9329

Fielder, Paul (R), [email protected], (406) 210-5943

France, Tom (D), [email protected], (406) 396-5085

Hinkle, Jedediah (R), [email protected], (406) 585-0722

Knudsen, Rhonda (R), [email protected], (406) 489-5253

Loge, Denley (R), [email protected], (406) 649-2368

Marler, Marilyn (D), [email protected], (406) 544-7189

Mitchell, Braxton (R), [email protected], (406) 314-9474

Novak, Sara (D), [email protected], (406) 691-0069

Phalen, Bob (R), [email protected], (406) 939-1187

Putnam, Brian (R), [email protected], (406) 233-9463

Reksten, Linda (R), [email protected], (406) 471-8359

Running Wolf, Tyson (D), [email protected], (406) 845-2115

Seekins‑Crowe, Kerri (R), [email protected], (406) 208-6587

Weatherwax, Marvin (D), [email protected], (406) 338-7741

Clerk: Joanne Kauzlarich, Rm 451,(406)  444‑2554

Staff: Hope Stockwell, Rm 171C, (406) 444‑9280

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