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

HB 14.   PROVIDING FUNDING AND AUTHORIZATION FOR CAPITAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS STATEWIDE; AUTHORIZATION FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS.  (This bonding bill is involved in Romney Hall construction as well as numerous other building projects.)  This bill has been heard in the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Long Range Planning (1/27) and has been rereferred to the House Appropriations Committee where it is awaiting 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, passed the full House on March 16 and is now awaiting action in the Senate Finance and Claims committee (first hearing on March 22).