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

Montana Legislature Web Site

BILLS BEING TRACKED BY THE MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

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

HB 341 "Provide tax benefits to employers and students for higher education expenses"   Hearing held in House Taxation Committee on 2-11-2015. No action taken.

HB 404 "Provide income tax credit for engineering and computer science tuition"  Hearing held in House Taxation Committee on 2-18-2015. No action taken.

SB 43.   "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.  Referred to House Judiciary Committee.

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.

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.

 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....."  Heard in the House Judiciary Committee on 2/18/2015. Passed in Committee on 2-20-2015.