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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 1/12/2017)
Bill No. Short Title Status Bar's position
HB 24 Providing protections to vulnerable persons from financial exploitation. Sponsor: Ron Ehli, R-HD 86 Hearing -- (H) Human Services; Jan. 13, 8:00 AM, Rm 152 N/A
HB 44 Generally revise laws related to district court judge numbers. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Essman, R-HD54 (H) Scheduled for 2nd Reading, Jan. 12. S
HB 46 Generally revising funding for civil legal aid. Sponsor. Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary; Jan. 13, 8:00 AM, Rm 137 S
HB 57 DPHHS to determine eligibility for state public defender services. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Hearing -- (H) Human Services, Jan. 6; 3:00 PM, Rm 152 M
HB 58 Require public defender workload assessment study. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Jan. 9; 8:00 AM, Rm 137 M
HB 59 Revise appointment of public defender for putative father in neglect cases. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD94 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Jan. 9; 8:00 AM, Rm 137 M
HB 62 Dept. of Revenue to collect fees for public defender services. Sponsor: Rep. Randy Brodehl, R-HD 9 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Jan. 16; 8:00 AM, Rm 137 M
HB 65 Revise budget consultation between public defender offices. Sponsor: Rep. Kenneth L. Holmlund, R-HD 38 (H) Scheduled for 2nd Reading, Jan. 12. S
HB 77 Revise public defender system and provide for a director hired by governor. Sponsor: Rep. Randy Brodehl, R-HD 9 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Jan. 16; 8:00 AM, Rm 137 M
HB 87 Transfer jury list duties from secretary of state to court administrator. Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Swanson, D-HD 77 (H) Scheduled for 2nd Reading, Jan. 12. M
HB 89 Establish holistic defense pilot project within state public defender system. Sponsor: Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-HD 94 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Jan. 10; 8:00 AM, Rm 137 M
HB 109 Require every applicant for public notary to pass an exam. Sponsor: Rep. Jean Price, D-HD 24 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary; 9; 8:00 AM, Rm 137 O
HB 129 Revising laws related to privacy in communications. Sponsor: Rep. Ellie Hill Smith, D-HD 90 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Jan. 11, 8:00 AM, Rm 137 M
HB 147 Requiring search warrant for gov access to electronic devices. Sponsor: Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Jan. 20; 8:00 AM, Rm 137 M
HB 148 Generally revise privacy laws. Sponsor: Daniel Zolnikov, R-HD 45 Hearing -- (H) Judiciary, Jan. 20; 8:00 AM, Rm 137 M
SB 20 Revise court administrator laws to eliminate IT reporting requirement. Sponsor: Sen. Nels Swandal, R-SD30 (S) Transmitted to House, Jan. 11 M
SB 97 Prohibit the application of foreign law in state courts. Sponsor: Keith Regier, R-SD 3 Referred to Committee -- (S) Judiciary, Jan. 9 N/A