Legislative Report


The Association of Retired Faculty of Montana State University strives to promote the well being of retired faculty and spouses through social, educational, and promotional activities, as well as to encourage continuing retiree contact and involvement with the University. In so doing, helping to enrich the personal and professional lives of persons in the University and the greater community.

Legislative issues of primary concern to retired faculty 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 Web Site


The MUS has a web page devoted to following current legislation of interest to the system, including a page that lists hearing schedules and another that tracks bills. Funding issues are covered in many of those bills being tracked.

OTHER BILLS OF INTEREST from the 2015 Legislative Session

SB 143    "Clarify constitutional provision and law related to board of regents/u-system"  This bill prohibits the University System from regulating the possession of firearms on campuses.  Passed the Senate on 2-05-2015.  Passed out of House Judiciary Committee on 3-11-2015.  Failed to pass second reading in the House on 3-31-2015, considered probably dead.

HB 341 "Provide tax benefits to employers and students for higher education expenses"   Hearing held in House Taxation Committee on 2-11-2015.  Bill passed out of committee, 3-13-2015. Bill heard and tabled in House Appropriations Committee on 3-24-2015. Removed from table and passed  by committee on 3-30-2015.  Passed by the House on 3-31-2015.  Tabled in the Senate Taxation Committee on 4-15-2013.

HB 404 "Provide income tax credit for engineering and computer science tuition"  Hearing held in House Taxation Committee on 2-18-2015. Tabled in committee on 3-13-2015.  Missed transmittal deadline, considered probably dead.

HB 477    "Clarify offense of aiding or soliciting suicide"  "An act revising aiding or soliciting suicide laws; providing that physician-assisted suicide is against public policy and prohibited....."    Passed in the House.  Heard in Senate Judiciary Committee on 3-26-2015. Tabled in committee on 3-31-2015.

SB 202.  "Establish guidelines and immunities for physicians providing end of life care." or "Montana Death with Dignity Act." Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.  Bill tabled in committee on 2-11-2015 after hearing. Missed transmittal deadline so bill is considered probably dead.

HB 328.   "Provide that consent is not a defense for physician assisted suicide"  Would allow for homicide charges against a physician involved with physician assisted suicide.  Bill passed out of House Judiciary Committee.  2/17/2015, bill did not pass second reading in the full House. Missed transmittal deadline so bill is considered probably dead.