TO: Parks and Recreation Friends Groups

FROM: Bob Walker, Montana Trails Coalition and Montana Trails, Recreation & Parks Association

DATE: January 2, 2019

Good New Year to all you parks, recreation and outdoor enthusiasts!  Our 66th Session of the Montana Legislature convenes on Monday January 7.  We anticipate several bills affecting recreation and parks programs and we will keep you informed of those bills and their status as the session progresses.

You can expect these reports approximately every two weeks.  To repeat an old realism, the world is run by those who show up.  Hopefully many of you will contact your legislators by telephone, letter or email and/or attend committee meeting/s to voice your position on bills that affect your way of life and values.

NOTE:SB means Senate bill, HB means House of Representatives bill, LC means a bill draft request has been submitted to Legislative Services.

RECREATION (Bills with Numbers or Language Available)

SB 24 (Senator Gauthier, Helena): Increase optional light motor vehicle registration fee for parks and recreation.  This bill would increase the optional light motor vehicle registration fee from $6 to $9 and provide increased funding for state parks operations and maintenance, fishing access sites, and create a new made in Montana trails grant program.

LC 1322: (Representative White, Bozeman): Increase state gas tax distribution to recreation-related programs.  This draft bill would increase the refund of state gas tax funds from 15/28 to ¾ of 1% to the state snowmobile program and from 1/8 to ¼ of 1% to the state OHV program.

PARKS (Bill with Number and Language Available)

SB 70 (Senator Flowers, Belgrade) Remove Headwaters State Park from the primitive parks list.  Referred to Senate Fish and Game Committee.

You can maintain your knowledge of what’s happening in the legislature by going to https://leg.mt.gov/.

To find a bill go to http://laws.leg.mt.gov/legprd/LAW0200W$.Startup?P_SESS=20191

To find a legislator go to https://leg.mt.gov/legislator-lookup/

To review Montana state laws go to https://leg.mt.gov/statute/

To review our Montana Constitution go to https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title_0000/chapters_index.html

Bills Currently In Process - 2019 legislature

Bill Number

Sponsor

Description

SB 24

Sen. Gauthier

Increase light motor vehicle registration fee for parks, FAS,  and recreation

SB 70

Sen Flowers

Remove Headwaters State Park from primitive parks list.

LC 0137

Rep. White

Sales tax and distribution of revenues

LC 0185

Sen. Lang

Revise fish, wildlife, and parks commission laws

LC 0192

Sen. Fitzpatrick

Revise laws pertaining to pools and recreational facilities

LC 0540

Sen. Fitzpatrick

Revise off-highway vehicle registration and licensing laws

LC 0541

Sen. Fitzpatrick

Revise off-highway vehicle registration and licensing laws

LC 0658

Sen. Pomnichowski

Generally revise laws related to recreation

LC 0797

Sen. Fitzpatrick

Generally revise state park fee laws

LC 0851

Rep. Woods

Generally revise laws related to recreation

LC 0854

Rep. Woods

Generally revise laws related to recreation funding

LC 1012

Sen. Thomas

Generally revise fish, wildlife, and parks laws

LC 1201

Rep. Dudik

Increase out-of-state fee for park entrance or camping

LC 1293

Rep. Garner

Generally revise vehicle safe passing of bicycles laws

LC 1322

Rep. White

Increase state gas tax distribution to recreation programs

LC 1323

Rep. White

Revise laws related to recreational trail passes

LC 1324, 1331

Rep. White

Revise laws related to fish, wildlife, and parks

LC 1335, 1336

Rep. White

Revise laws related to fish, wildlife, and parks

LC 2052

Rep. Bachmeier

Create saddle butte hiking trail

LC 2582, 2586

Sen. Fielder

Generally revise parks and recreation laws

LC 2750

Rep. Hamlett

Revise authority of parks board

LC 2904

Sen. MacDonald

Revise laws related to the state parks permanent fund

LC 2968

Rep. Anderson

Revise funding sources for Montana's wilderness trails

 

Bob Walker, Chair
Montana Trails Coalition and
Montana Trails Recreation and Parks Association Advisory Committee
406-461-0523
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