Still MORE Bad Environmental Legislation

by jhwygirl

Two of these can’t wait, people….

Button Valley Bugle grabs up 3 more bad environmental bills: Rep. Llew Jones’ bill to “limit the scope of environmental review under the Montana Environmental Protection Act for certain energy development projects on state lands”, also known as HB529. 529 passed a 2nd reading, 78 to 22 today, after a lengthy, impassioned debate. A third reading is tomorrow. Do not go to sleep tonight without contacting your legislators and letting them know that stripping MEPA unnecessarily is a violation of your guaranteed right to a clean and healthful environment.

Jones also has HB483 – which, too, passed a 2nd reading (on a 71-28 vote) and heads to a 3rd reading tomorrow – will make appeals under MEPA, for energy development projects, more difficult. We mentioned this one the other day

More? There’s also Sen. Keith Bales’ bill that, like HB483, would make appeals under MEPA more difficult. SB387 passed 3rd reading in the Senate last week (27-23) and now is sitting with the House Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications committee.

The BV Editor has more: Jones, still, with HB566, which would limit the remedy that could be required of a state agency found to violate MEPA. This bill is stalled with a 50-50 vote in the house, today. Given the environment up there in the legislature – as exhibited by the three bills above – it wouldn’t hurt to contact your legislator and tell them to make sure to keep that bill dead. Very dead.

In previous posts – yes, Virginia, there really is more – The Editor disses on SB425, which is bad, bad, bad for native fish and Montana fishing enthusiasts. Not only that – it’s bad, bad, bad for taxpayers, too.

You can also check out Will Fish for Work on SB425, or this previous post from Button Valley.

Need info on contacting your legislators? Start here, then head here.

  1. Just a note to tell you that I appreciate the work you do getting the word out on these. Keep it up, and thanks.

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