April 25, 2017 Legislative Update

Hi, Everyone, MSE sent us another Legislative Update.  Please let them know if you have any questions regarding this update.  It mostly is regarding the bonding bill which did not pass. One more week… I think! And unfortunately, we are finding ourselves in the same position with the Bonding Bill as past sessions. I have […]

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April 10, 2017 Legislative Update

HB 2 has been negotiated and sent back to the House for a final vote. At this point in the session, things can move very quickly. They are currently negotiating details on the bonding bill. SB 367 is the Bonding Bill that is moving forward. The bill includes the majority of the elements that were included in the […]

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March 27, 2017 Legislature Update

Below is the latest update received through MSE on March 27. A lot to report from last week and we are preparing for another busy week. First and foremost, there is a new bill on our radar. SB 365 Generally Revise Laws Regarding Business and Occupational Licensing would eliminate the PELS Board. We spoke with Senator Facey […]

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March 16, 2017 Government Update

(BigSky Chapter ASHRAE helps to support Montana Society of Engineers through donation. Due to this donation, we receive government updates on legislation in Helena which may impact our industry or other engineering disciplines. ) MSE Montana Board, Members and Friends, MSE and ASCE  joined the Coalition Committee in the hopes of creating permanent infrastructure procedure […]

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March 13, 2017 Legislative Update

We have a busy week coming up! Many of the majors pieces of legislation we have been tracking have hearings this week. HB 473 Bridge and Road Safety Accountability Act will have Executive Action on Monday at 3:00pm in House Transportation. This is when the Committee will vote on whether the Bill should pass out of […]

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House Bill Updates – February 27, 2017

Last week was a busy week. HB 473 Bridge and Road Safety and Accountability Act, sponsored by Representative Frank Garner, had its first hearing. The hearing lasted over three hours and was supported by Cities and Counties throughout the state, engineering professionals, contractors, the Chamber of Commerce and many more. There were three opponents. Rep Carl Glimm, […]

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House Bill Updates – Feb 14, 2016

Many of you have been involved in the conversation regarding HB 141. We have read the case law, reviewed the bill draft, as amended, and believe the proposal working its way through the legislature is thoughtful and protective of the industry. While we appreciate the notion that the “PELS board would never vote to do […]

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SB 416 Update

SB 416 “Provide for statewide infrastructure” is the only remaining infrastructure bill. It is viewed as somewhat of a compromise bill. It provides for a variety of funding mechanisms, one of which is a requirement for a percentage of local money. The bill has met some resistance from those in the eastern part of the […]

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SB 416 Update

SB 416 passed out of the Senate last Tuesday with a 47-3 vote.  The bill  calls for spending $50 million in cash, $50 million in bonding proceeds, and $50 million in authority for cities and counties to borrow money from state Board of Investments over the next two years.  Under the bill, this money could be […]

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MSE/ASCE/ASHRAE 2015 Bill List

Not a lot has changed in the last week. Last week the focus of the House was on HB 2 – the budget bill. No significant changes to the status of bills that we have been tracking. We were prepared to testify in support of Senator Ripley’s bills (SB 353 and SB 354) which reallocate […]

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