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Legislative Bill Watch

Bills the State Bar of Montana is watching in the 2023 Montana Legislature. 

INTRODUCED BILLS      
Bill Number Sponsor Short Title Status Note
HB 2 Llew Jones, HD-18, Conrad General Appropriations Act  Hearing -- Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education; Feb. 2  Monitor
HB 169 Tony Brockman (R) HD 9 Clarify confirmation requirements for interim judicial appointees Bill concurred, Senate Judiciary Committee, Feb. 2  Monitor
HB 239 Brandon Ler (R) HD 35 Revise who may serve as a judge pro tempore in justice's courts Hearing -- House Judiciary Committee; Jan. 19. 8:30AM, Rm137  
HB 260 Matt Regier (R) HD 4 Revise laws regarding legislative special counsel Referred to Committee -- (H) Legislative Administration, Jan. 16  
HB 326 Kerri Seekins-Crowe (R) HD 43 Revise laws relating to the appointment of the judicial standards commission Bill passed the House Judiciary Committee 13-6, Feb. 2 Oppose
SB 44 Jason D Small (R) SD 21 Revise laws pertaining to court administration of certain civil cases Tabled in Committee* -- (S) Judiciary, Jan. 6 Bar supports
SB 72 Steve Fitzpatrick (R) SD 10 Revise judicial administration of water rights Hearing -- (S) Natural Resources, Jan. 9 No position
SB 187 Chris Friedel (R) SD 26 Revise use of party affiliation for nonpartisan races Bill passed as amended by Senate Judiciary Committee
  Bar opposes
SB 200 Greg Hertz (R) SD 6 Revise use of party affiliation for nonpartisan races Hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee, Jan. 23 Bar opposes
SB 201 Greg Hertz (R) SD 6 Revise judicial recusal laws when parties made campaign contributions Hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee, Jan. 26 Bar opposes
SB 224 Greg Hertz (R) SD 6 Require court report on district court case numbers and substitutions Hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee, Feb. 2 Bar monitoring
SB 230 John Fuller (R) SD 4 Provide that office of court administrator is under clerk of the supreme court Hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee, Feb. 2 Bar opposes
SB 252 Greg Hertz (R) SD 6 Expand state ethics laws to include the judicial branch and judges Hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee, Feb. 8, Rm 303  
SB 257 Barry Usher (R) SD 20   Introduced in Senate, Feb. 2  
SJ 3 Ryan Lynch (D) SD 37 Joint resolution related to the Justice Counts Initiative Transmitted to House, Jan. 23

Proponent

SJ 6 Keith Regier (R) SD 3 Transmitted to House Confirm governor's appointees for the Judicial Standards Commission Bar supports
SJ 7
  Keith Regier (R) SD 3
Sent to Enrolling Confirm governor's appointee for district court judge - district 20 Bar Supports
SJ 8
  Keith Regier (R) SD 3
Hearing -- Senate Judiciary Committee, Feb. 3, 9AM, Rm 303 Confirm governor's appointee for district court judge - district 10 Bar supports

* after status indicates the bill is probably dead