State Bar of Montana

Bill Watch List for the 2013 Legislature

This is the list of bills that the State Bar of Montana is following closely during the 2013 Montana Legislature. The bills would affect the practice of law and the operation of Montana's courts. 

HB 2

Duane Ankney

General Appropriations Act

Support (judiciary budget)

HB 172

Jesse O'Hara

Allow Montana state bar attorney member to serve as a judge pro tem

Discussed: monitor. Became law.

HB 186

Clayton Fiscus

Require losing party in litigation to pay litigation costs in certain lawsuits

Discussed: monitor.
Bill tabled in committee.

HB 206

Kelly Flynn

Increase justice court filing fees

Discussed: monitor. Passed by Legislature.

HB 252

Pat Ingraham

Revise notary public journal storage to secretary of state's office

Oppose. Bill has become law

HB 290

Jerry O'Neil

Provide that jury may judge facts and application of law to the facts

Oppose. Bill not passed on second reading.

HB 330

Steve Fitzpatrick

Limit the collection of personal identification information in Montana courts

Discussed: monitor. Became law.

HB 352

Steve Fitzpatrick

Revise justice court laws

Discussed: monitor. Became law.

HB 369

Steve Fitzpatrick

Revise laws for courts of limited jurisdiction

Discussed: monitor. Tabled in committee.

HB 374

Steve Fitzpatrick

Authorize individual legislator standing to intervene in certain civil actions

Discussed: monitor. Vetoed by governor.

HB 400

Daniel Zolnikov

Revise laws related to personal information privacy

Discussed: monitor. Bill tabled in committee.

HB 432

Kimberly Dudik

Generally revise laws related to child abuse and neglect cases

Oppose. Bill tabled in committee.


HB 403

Ellie Boldman Hill

Revising fees collected by district court clerks

Discussed: monitor. Passed by Legislature.

HB 467

Franke Wilmer

Require qualifications when justice of the peace is the court of record

Discussed: monitor. Bill tabled in committee.


HB 555

Ellie Boldman Hill

Revise mediation laws related to family law and domestic violence

Discussed: monitor.
Passed by Legislature.

HJ 20

Kimberly Dudik

Study resolution on public defender operations and funding

Discussed: Support. Died in standing committee.

SB 50

Shannon Augare

Eliminate report on expenditures of attorney license tax

Discussed: monitor. Became law

SB 85

Terry Murphy

Revise laws related to judge disqualification

Oppose.
Bill tabled in committee.

SB 119

Cliff Larsen

Establish a cabinet-level position for veteran and intergovernmental issues

Discussed: monitor. Bill tabled in committee.

SB 152

Fred Thomas

Constitutional amendment revising qualifications for Supreme Court justices

Oppose. Bill tabled in committee.

SJ 22

 

Larry Jent

Interim Study on Family Law Procedure Alternatives

Discussed: Support. Passed by Legislature.

 

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