Archive for March 10th, 2009

by jhwygirl

This one covers just Wednesday and Thursday, folks. A total of 109 committee hearings for just those two days. Things are flying – it’s fear and loathing. So much bad stuff floating around out there, speeding by….don’t sit by and let this legislative session go down and the worse environmental session on record. Then there are human rights issues too. Seriously – call or write.

On Wednesday we’ve got SB440 from Rep. Kelly Gebhardt. This is really shitty legislation. It’s also buried in a committee that it doesn’t belong in. SB440 would exempt air quality permits from MEPA review. So no MEPA, no public process…and, get this…it’s already passed the Senate. This is in (another “get this”) House Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications – Bryce Bennett the secretary – bbennett@mt.gov.

Sen. Jim Shockley has two ridiculous bills concerning illegal aliens. Talk about wasting taxpayer time and money (by paying legislators their daily stipend and turning the lights on for a committee hearing) for stuff like this. SB381 and SB382 are in House Judiciary, Jennifer Eck the secretary – jeck@mt.gov.

Sen. Gary L. Perry wants courts deciding what is in the best interests of minors when it comes to abortions. SB374 has passed the Senate 29-21 and is now in House Judiciary (contact info above).

I like this one: Sen. Carol Williams has SB131 which would require DNRC to map designate a wildland urban interface. I’ve blogged this one before. This one passed nicely out of the Senate and is now in House Natural Resources – Shirley Chovanak the secretary – schovanak@mt.gov.

Rep. Gary MacLaren has HB486 (another I’ve liked in the past) that would revise protest provisions for zoning. This is a good one folks, that passed the House 95-5. In Senate Local Government – Debra Polhemus the secretary – dpolhemus@mt.gov.

This one is important for rural folks – of which Montana has a lot. HB307, sponsored by Rep. Don Roberts, would allow doctors to dispense prescriptions when drugs aren’t available locally. This one has passed the House and is now in Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety – Joan Linkenbach, jlinkenbach@mt.gov.

Now for Thursday. First off, we’ve got Rep. Ed Butcher’s Horse Slaughter Bill. Read that previous post for a whole bunch of information, links, and contact info. Please – please – take time to contact Senate Agriculture, Livestock & Irrigation Committee members on this one, folks.

Sen. Greg Hinkle wants Montanans to pay for justice. This is one of those bad environmental bills. SB288 would require a written undertaking be given by a person challenging any energy development project. An “undertaking” is basically a bond. This passed the Senate – 28-22. In House Judiciary now, Jennifer Eck the secretary – jeck@mt.gov.

Sen. Ryan Zinke wants SB167 to increase the penalties for horse abandonment. This has made it through the Senate and is now in House Agriculture – Marshall McEwen, mmcewen@mt.gov.

Rep. Deborah Kottel’s back with HB188. This has been blogged about 4 times here, and has passed the House. It would provide for penalties for landlords that wrongfully withhold security deposits. It is now in Senate Judiciary, Pam Schindler – pschindler@mt.gov.

We still have Friday the 13th to go, people. That one get’s it own special post.

If you can’t get to that email – if you are sitting at your desk and its already Wednesday or Thursday morning – you can call. I’ve been known to do it. Pick up that phone and call the Session Information Desk at 406-444-4800 to leave a message for as many as five legislators or one legislative committee per call. Your message will be delivered directly to the legislators. The TTY (Telephone Device for the Deaf) number is 406-444-4462.

Keep those legislators honest – or at least try. Let ’em know we’re watching.

by jhwygirl

I’m working on the committee hearings for Wednesday and Thursday, but I thought I’d give ya’all a few posts to chomp on while I’m hitting the keyboard:

Take a moment to check out J.S. Adams’ rant about the bevy of shitty environmental legislation this session, and the disparity between the Montana Democratic Party platform and the proposals and voting records coming out of Helena.

The Editor at the Button Valley Bugle gets at their own rant on crappy water quality and MEPA and air quality bills by offering a preview of some of the stuff coming up in the next week or so….

Will Fish For Work did a post I overlooked on Rep. Ed Butcher’s horseslaughter bill. Make sure to check out that view over there.

Finally – Matt Singer went into his own mini-rant on Montana GOP’s newest ridiculous tax measure: Cutting taxes on capital gains.

Oh, yeah…now Jay over at Left in the West jumped in and joined us all, with his thoughts on Butcher’s horse slaughter bill. He adds some information on former Senator Conrad Burns’ complicity in the whole sordid mess.

Is there anyone else I’m missing out there? If so, let me know…




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