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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 2/22/2017)

* 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 (Support Judicial Budget)
HB 24 Providing protections to vulnerable persons from financial exploitation. Sponsor: Ron Ehli, R-HD 86 Returned to House with amendments, Feb. 20. M
HB 29 Require parcel to be at least 1 acre for valuation as agricultural property. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Essman, R-HD54 Hearing -- (S) Taxation, Feb. 2, 9:00 AM, Rm 405 M
HB 44 Generally revise laws related to district court judge numbers. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Essman, R-HD54 Scheduled for third reading (H), Feb. 22 S
HB 46 Generally revising funding for civil legal aid. Sponsor. Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Tabled in Committee* -- (H) Appropriations, Jan. 31 S
HB 57 DPHHS to determine eligibility for state public defender services. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Tabled in Committee (H) Judiciary*, Jan. 20 M
HB 58 Require public defender workload assessment study. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Tabled in Committee (H) Judiciary*, Jan. 11 M
HB 59 Revise appointment of public defender for putative father in neglect cases. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Signed (H) Speaker, Feb. 18. Signed (S) President, Feb. 20. M
HB 62 Dept. of Revenue to collect fees for public defender services. Sponsor: Rep. Randy Brodehl, R-HD 9 Hearing -- (S) Judiciary, March 9, 9:00 AM, Rm 303 M
HB 65 Revise budget consultation between public defender offices. Sponsor: Rep. Kenneth L. Holmlund, R-HD 38 Transmitted to governor, Feb. 15 S
HB 77 Revise public defender system and provide for a director hired by governor. Sponsor: Rep. Randy Brodehl, R-HD 9 Hearing -- (S) Judiciary, March 10, 9:00 AM, Rm 303 M
HB 81 Revise publication and distribution requirements for MAR and ARM. Sponsor: Willis Curdy, D-HD 98 Returned to House with Amendments, Feb. 17 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 Tabled in Committee (H) Judiciary*, Jan. 11 O
HB 129 Revising laws related to privacy in communications. Sponsor: Rep. Ellie Hill Smith, D-HD 90 Hearing -- (S) Judiciary, March 10, 9:00 AM, Rm 303 M
HB 147 Requiring search warrant for gov access to electronic devices. Sponsor: Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Hearing -- (S) Judiciary, March 10, 9:00 AM, Rm 303 M
HB 148 Generally revise privacy laws. Sponsor: Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Hearing -- (S) Judiciary Feb. 17 9:00 AM, Rm 303 M
HB 277 Revise speedy trial laws for felony offenses. Sponsor: Matt Regier, R-HD 4 Hearing -- (S) Judiciary Hearing Changed 02/10/2017; 9:00 AM, Rm 303 M
HB 314 Increase number of district court judges. Sponsor: Nate McConnell, D-HD 89 Bill Withdrawn per House Rule H30-50(3)(b), Feb. 17* M
HB 399 Revising custody laws pertaining to best interest of a child. Sponsor: Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Feb. 13 9:00 AM, Rm 137 M
HB 521 Revise laws related to representation of LLC. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Essman, R-HD54 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Feb. 23, 8:00 AM, Rm 137 O
HJ 10 Disapprove Supreme Court rules on substitution. Sponsor: Ellie Hill Smith Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Feb. 22, 8:00 AM, Rm 137  

SENATE LEGISLATION

SB 20 Revise court administrator laws to eliminate IT reporting requirement. Sponsor: Sen. Nels Swandal, R-SD30 (S) Transmitted to House, Jan. 11; Referred to Committee (H) Judiciary, Jan. 12. M
SB 97 Prohibit the application of foreign law in state courts. Sponsor: Keith Regier, R-SD 3 Referred to Committee -- (H) Judiciary, Feb. 7 M
SB 118 Provide for uniform act regarding fiduciary access to digital assets. Sponsor: Mary McNally, D-SD 24 Referred to Committee -- (H) Judiciary, Feb. 7 M
SB 137 Increase taxpayer appeal options and create informal procedures. Sponsor: Duane Ankney, R-SD 20 (S) Transmitted to House Feb. 20 M
SB 192 Generally revise civil procedure laws. Sponsor: Sen. Nels Swandal, R-SD 30 (S) Transmitted to House Feb. 20 M
SB 195 Generally revise laws related to unincorporated nonprofit associations. Sponsor: Pat Connell, R-SD 43 Committee Report--Bill Passed as Amended -- (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs, Feb. 17 O (with amendments)
SB 288 Referendum to revise who pays for litigation costs. Sponsor: Edward Buttrey, R-SD 11 Tabled in Committee* -- (S) Judiciary  
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
SJ 15 Resolution opposing a proposed Montana Supreme Court rule. Sponsor: David Howard (R) SD 2 Committee Executive Action--Bill Passed (S) Judiciary, 7-4, Feb. 21 M