Legislative Report

 

Legislative issues of primary concern to MSU retirees as well as to the general university community are followed and appropriate levels of input are made to legislative officials on all such matters of interest

MONTANA LEGISLATURE

Montana Legislature Web Site

LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION TRACKED BY THE MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

The MUS has a web page devoted to following legislation of interest to the system, as well as the executive budget.

OTHER BILLS OF INTEREST from the 2017 Legislative Session

BILLS PROVIDING FUNDING AND AUTHORIZATION FOR CAPITAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS STATEWIDE; AUTHORIZATION FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS.  (These bonding bills are involved in Romney Hall construction as well as numerous other building projects.)  One bill which would have provided funding by bonds for infrastructure, but excluded Romney Hall construction (HB 645) has failed to pass the House.  Another that includes funding for Romney Hall construction (SB 367) is being held in the House Appropriations Committee awaiting further action.

HB 2. APPROPRIATING MONEY TO VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2019.  (General Appropriations Bill that includes the University System and the MSU budget.) The section of this bill on Higher Education was heard the week of January 30 in the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.  They forwarded this section to the full Appropriations Committee on February 16, recommending a 3.5% (23.1 million) reduction from the Governor's budget.  The House Appropriations Committee heard the Higher Education section of this bill on March 8.  A motion was passed in executive committee on March 10 to add 11.1 million back into the Higher Education budget. The bill, now 11.8 million short of the Governor's budget for higher education, passed the full House on March 16.  The Education section of the bill was heard in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee on March 22 and no further changes were made in the higher education budget.  That version of HB 2 has passed the Senate and has been returned to the House for consideration with the Senate amendments.