Legislative Committee Hearings Start this Week.

by jhwygirl

This week’s schedule for the House is here, and for the Senate is here.

Rep. Sue Dickenson, of Great Falls, has two bills associated with recycling in the Natural Resources Committee – HB21 and HB35.

Missoula’s HD-92 Rep. Robin Hamilton has his HB62 set for hearing – it will require mandatory safety and education course for all trappers. How could anyone think that is a bad thing? But you know there will be lobbyists there try and kill it. That is the the House’s Fish Wildlife & Parks Committee.

Also in the FWP Committee is 4&20’s favorite Rep. JP Pomnichowski’s (Bozeman) HB63, that will allow commercial fur bearer licenses to be revoked under certain circumstances for violations of law.

Rep. Arlene Becker, of Billings has HB151 set for hearing in the House Business & Labor. It will revise breast reconstruction mandates so that they will be subject to coverage in any policy within the state – and be in compliance with federal mandates. Let’s see how our overwhelmingly male legislator decides on that one. Sometimes you’ll find that bureaucrat-types, despite knowing that not fixing something like this puts the state in legal jeopardy, have a “let ’em sue us” mentality.

That was only a brief run-down of this week’s House hearings. Be sure to check for the whole schedule for this week. Note that it will default to House hearings – you have to click on Senate to switch to theirs.

I’ll try and hit the Senate hearings – there are a number of ’em – tomorrow.

For information on any number of ways to contact your legislator or any legislator, click here.

For information on what legislators are on what committees, check below:
House Committee membership
Senate Committee membership
Joint Committee membership

In addition, you can stay involved and informed by watching TVMT, the Montana Legislature broadcasting network. You can watch that on (if I counted correctly) 42 channels around the state. Here in Missoula, it’s 67 – in Helena it’s 19.

There’s also live streaming, via Real Player – so you can listen at your computer. Eventually, those are archived (usually within a week or so.) If my memory is serving me well, the Real Player links are off of this page


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