ETIC Will Hold Conference Call October 26

Committee: Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee
Author: Trevor Graff
Posted on October 18, 2017

The 2017-2018 Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) will hold a conference call October 26 to discuss a letter to the Montana congressional delegation concerning recently proposed federal solar tariffs.

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ETIC Reviews Colstrip Case, Furthers Interim Studies

Committee: Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee
Author: Trevor Graff
Posted on October 16, 2017

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) reviewed Montana’s actions in the Washington Utilities Commission Colstrip rate case and furthered its studies of utility decoupling and natural gas consumer choice in the state during its September 29 meeting in Helena.

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We are a Source of Information and Assistance for All Legislators

Committee: Executive Director Updates
Author: Susan Byorth Fox
Posted on October 8, 2017

Your Montana Legislative Services Division serves as a source of information and assistance 365-days a year to all 150 members of the Legislature.

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EQC is Updated on State Parks, Invasive Mussels, and a Variety of Wildlife Topics

Committee: Environmental Quality Council
Author: Joe Kolman
Posted on October 4, 2017

The Environmental Quality Council wants the governor to explain how terminating the chair of the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board complies with state law.

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Health Care Price Transparency Subcommittee Begins Work

Committee: Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee
Author: Sue O'Connell
Posted on October 4, 2017

A subcommittee of legislators and stakeholders has begun work on a study of transparency in health care pricing by setting out the purpose, topics, and goals of the study and hearing about factors influencing the cost of health care.

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Children and Families Committee to Start Studies, Review Medicaid Provider Rate Cuts

Committee: Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee
Author: Sue O'Connell
Posted on October 4, 2017

The Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee has delayed the adoption of administrative rules that would have reduced the rates paid to health care and human services providers.

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STRC Visits Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations, Billings

Committee: State-Tribal Relations Committee
Author: Hope Stockwell
Posted on October 3, 2017

The State-Tribal Relations Committee travelled to southeast Montana in September to meet with Northern Cheyenne and Crow leaders and get a hands-on look at some startup businesses, language immersion classrooms, and rehabilitation programs for women in the state’s correctional system.

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Understanding the Agencies

Committee: Law and Justice Interim Committee
Author: Rachel Weiss
Posted on October 2, 2017

Agency introductions and oversight topics dominated the recent Law and Justice Interim Committee (LJIC) meeting. LJIC members met agency directors and staff for several executive Branch agencies and also for the Judicial Branch.

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Water Committee Launches Exempt Groundwater Wells Study

Committee: Water Policy Interim Committee
Author: Jason Mohr
Posted on October 2, 2017

The legal landscape facing the use of exempt groundwater wells has changed over the last 3 years, and the Water Policy Interim Committee plans to survey the new playing field.

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