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Bills we are following in the 2017 Legislature

The following are bills that the State Bar of Montana is monitoring in the 2017 Montana Legislative Session. Each entry on the Bill Watch page is linked to the bill's page on the Montana Legislature's Detailed Bill Information website and will indicate whether the Bar supports (S), opposes (O) or is taking no position but monitoring (M). (Updated 4/25/2017)

* after status indicates the bill is probably dead

HOUSE LEGISLATION

Bill No. Short Title Status Bar's position
HB 2 General Appropriations Act. Sponsor: Nancy Ballance, R-HD 87 Returned from enrolling, April 24. Support Judicial Branch
HB 24 Providing protections to vulnerable persons from financial exploitation. Sponsor: Ron Ehli, R-HD 86 Signed by governor, March 22 M
HB 29 Require parcel to be at least 1 acre for valuation as agricultural property. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Essman, R-HD54 Tabled in committee, (S) Taxation M
HB 44 Generally revise laws related to district court judge numbers. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Essman, R-HD54 Returned from enrolling, April 18 S
HB 46 Generally revising funding for civil legal aid. Sponsor. Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Failed on second reading, 25-25. Second reading postponed indefinitely, April 13.* S
HB 57 DPHHS to determine eligibility for state public defender services. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Missed deadline for general bill transmittal* M
HB 58 Require public defender workload assessment study. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal* M
HB 59 Revise appointment of public defender for putative father in neglect cases. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Signed by governor, March 1 M
HB 62 Dept. of Revenue to collect fees for public defender services. Sponsor: Rep. Randy Brodehl, R-HD 9 Transmitted to governor, March 29. M
HB 65 Revise budget consultation between public defender offices. Sponsor: Rep. Kenneth L. Holmlund, R-HD 38 Signed by governor, March 31 S
HB 77 Revise public defender system and provide for a director hired by Department of Administration. Sponsor: Rep. Randy Brodehl, R-HD 9 Passed third reading, 100-0, April 20.Returned from enrolling, April 21. M
HB 81 Revise publication and distribution requirements for MAR and ARM. Sponsor: Willis Curdy, D-HD 98 Signed by governor, March 20 M
HB 87 Transfer jury list duties from secretary of state to court administrator. Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Swanson, D-HD 77 Signed by governor, Feb. 17 M
HB 89 Establish holistic defense pilot project within state public defender system. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD 94 Signed by governor, Feb. 20
M
HB 109 Require every applicant for public notary to pass an exam. Sponsor: Rep. Jean Price, D-HD 24 Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal* O
HB 129 Revising laws related to privacy in communications. Sponsor: Rep. Ellie Hill Smith, D-HD 90 Third reading failed, 0-50, March 24* M
HB 147 Requiring search warrant for gov access to electronic devices. Sponsor: Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Signed by Governor, April 14 M
HB 148 Generally revise privacy laws. Sponsor: Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Returned from enrolling, April 20 M
HB 277 Revise speedy trial laws for felony offenses. Sponsor: Matt Regier, R-HD 4 Tabled in committee (S) Judiciary, April 5 M
HB 314 Increase number of district court judges. Sponsor: Nate McConnell, D-HD 89 Missed Deadline for transmittal* M
HB 399 Revising custody laws pertaining to best interest of a child. Sponsor: Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Missed deadline for transmittal, March 1* M
HB 521 Revise laws related to representation of LLC. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Essman, R-HD54 Signed by governor, April 11 O
HB 592 Appropriating money for security of state information technology systems. Sponsor: Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Missed deadline for transmittal, March 1* M
HB 609 Generally revise privacy laws concerning protected facilities. Sponsor: Carl Glimm, R-HD 6 Missed deadline for referendum proposal transmittal, March 31*  
HB 636 Revise election laws for supreme court justices. Sponsor: Bradley Hamlett D-HD 23 Missed Deadline for Referendum Proposal Transmittal* M
HJ 10 Disapprove Supreme Court rules on substitution. Sponsor: Ellie Hill Smith Missed Deadline for General Bill Transmittal, March 1*  
HJ 29 Interim study of landlord tenant laws. Sponsor: Kathy Kelker (D) HD 47 Failed Senate on third reading, 22-28, April 21.*  

SENATE LEGISLATION

SB 20 Revise court administrator laws to eliminate IT reporting requirement. Sponsor: Sen. Nels Swandal, R-SD30 Transmitted to governor, March 29. M
SB 97 Prohibit the application of foreign law in state courts. Sponsor: Keith Regier, R-SD 3 Vetoed by governor, April 6 M
SB 118 Provide for uniform act regarding fiduciary access to digital assets. Sponsor: Mary McNally, D-SD 24 Returned from enrolling, April 10 M
SB 137 Increase taxpayer appeal options and create informal procedures. Sponsor: Duane Ankney, R-SD 20 Chapter number assigned, March 27 M
SB 192 Generally revise civil procedure laws. Sponsor: Sen. Nels Swandal, R-SD 30 Tabled in committee -- (H) Judiciary, April 10 M
SB 195 Generally revise laws related to unincorporated nonprofit associations. Sponsor: Pat Connell, R-SD 43 Tabled in committee (H) Judiciary, April 4 O (with amendments)
SB 288 Referendum to revise who pays for litigation costs. Sponsor: Edward Buttrey, R-SD 11 (S) Missed Deadline for Referendum Proposal Transmittal, March 31*  
SR19 Confirm Governor appointees to the Judiciary. Sponsor: Keith Regier, R-SD 3 Filed with Secretary of State, Feb. 13 S
SR 22 Confirm Governor's appointee to 5th Judicial District. Sponsor: Keith Regier, R-SD 3 Filed with Secretary of State, Feb. 13 S
SR 54 Confirm Governor's appointee to 8th Judicial District Court. Sponsor: Keith Regier, R-SD 3 Resolution adopted by Senate, 48-2, April 10 S
SJ 15 Resolution opposing a proposed Montana Supreme Court rule. Sponsor: David Howard (R) SD 2 Signed by House Speaker and Senate President, April 24. M