REGULAR SESSION COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: The Montana Legislature convenes from January through April only in odd numbered years. The next regular session will begin January 2015. I am assigned to the following Senate Committees:
Senate Judiciary Committee: 9am -Noon Mon-Fri
Senate Fish & Game Committee: 3pm-5pm Tues & Thurs
Senate Natural Resources Committee: 3pm-5pm Mon-Weds-Fri
Senate Floor Sessions: 1pm-3pm Mon-Fri; 8-11am Sat
(times are approximate depending on flow of bills and length of public hearings and debates)
LEGISLATIVE INTERIM COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: Some legislative work continues between regular sessions via select interim committees. These legislative committees explore high priority issues and prepare related reports and/or legislation for the future. I am appointed to the following legislative interim committees:
EQC: Environmental Quality Council – EQC has oversight responsibility for State agencies including FWP, DNRC, and DEQ. One of EQC’s main projects during the current interim is to study federal land management, assess risks, and identify solutions that Montana can implement to bring about improved management on public lands within Montana’s borders. This intensive study was authorized by overwhelming legislative approval of SJ 15, a bill I introduced during the 2013 session. I am the current Chair of SJ-15 Working Group.
WPIC: Water Policy Interim Committee – WPIC deals with Montana water rights, water law, and water policy. A high priority is analysis of the proposed CSKT Water Compact and a determination of whether or not legislative ratification of this agreement or a possible alternative is advisable.
LCRG: Legislative Council on River Governance – This multi-state legislative council addresses state and federal jurisdiction and related environmental and regulatory issues spanning the Columbia and Snake River basins of Montana, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. I am the current Chair of LCRG.
Complete information, voting records, other interim committees, and audio/video of all official Montana Legislative proceedings can be found at Montana Legislature web site.