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Legislative Action Alert: March 31st 2021

House Bill 695: Generally revise environmental laws

Status: Hearing: 03/31/2021; 3:00 PM, Rm 172       

Position: Oppose

This bill would allow the collection of fees to submit public comment or comment on Environmental Impact Statements. This extreme bill reads “Each agency of state government charged with the responsibility of issuing a lease, permit, contract, license, or certificate under any provision of state law may adopt rules prescribing fees that must be paid by a person, corporation, partnership, firm, association, or other private entity when an application for a lease, permit, contract, license, or certificate will require an agency to  compile an environmental impact statement as prescribed by 75-1-201”. This is not the way Montana should do business. 

Action!

  1. Follow the steps below to contact the House Natural Resources committee HERE.
  • Fill out the form provided.
  • Select Committees (You may have to scroll down to find this)
  • Select (H) Natural Resources 
  • Select Bill Type (HB) and Bill Number 695
  • 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 Natural Resource Committee directly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff: Joe Kolman, Rm 171B, (406) 444‑3747

 

House Bill 697: Reimburse landowners for crop damage by wildlife

Status: Hearing: 4/1/2021;3:00 PM, Rm 137

Position: Oppose

This bill takes an extreme step in proposing to compensate landowners for crop damage by elk, in areas where elk are over objective, using your license dollars. That will gut the Habitat Montana program and is an ill-advised use of your conservation dollars. This bill would impact many areas of eastern Montana, including the Missouri River Breaks. Habitat Montana funding should not be used for crop damage payments.

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 (HB) and Bill Number 697
  • 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, (406) 781-5386, [email protected] 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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