Standing Committee Members named for 2023 Legislative Session

Standing committees (also referred to as Session Committees) are established each session in the rules adopted for each house of the Legislature. Standing committees meet regularly to hear bills on assigned subject matter. A standing committee plays a key role in the legislative process in the following ways: serving as the primary forum for face-to-face […]

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Time to connect with and congratulate newly elected policymakers!

The 2023 Legislative Session is coming up quickly. MACD encourages all conservation districts to connect with and congratulate your newly elected policymakers! Of the 150 members of the Legislature, 125 of them will have just gone through an election: The House is made up of 100 members elected to 2-year terms. Montanans elect all 100 […]

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Revenue Interim Committee Publishes Property Tax Brochure

Conservation districts receive a portion of their funding through local mill levies. The Revenue Interim Committee created a residential property tax brochure as part of its¬†House Joint Resolution 36 study¬†of the residential property tax. The brochure: explains how property taxes are calculated and the roles of the state and local governments; provides information on the […]

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In the news! Lewis and Clark CD discusses the importance of CD funding

Check out Lewis and Clark CD discussing their work and the importance of conservation district funding. This video made it’s way to news outlets across Montana. Nice job LCCD!

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CD Funding bill pre-introduced into 2023 Legislative Session

At the most recent and final meeting of the 2021/2022 Environmental Quality Council (EQC) – and as a culmination of MACD’s HJ27 CD Funding Study Bill – the EQC voted to moved the proposed CD funding bill forward into the 2023 session. As written, the proposed CD funding legislation would annually provide a total of […]

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EQC will discuss proposed legislation to increase CD funding on Sept. 8th

Next week will be the final meeting of the Environmental Quality Council (EQC). The Council will discuss the proposed legislation for conservation district funding. HJ27 CD Funding is on the Agenda for 11:15am on Sept. 8th.         More information and meeting materials can be found here.       If your district was not able to […]

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EQC votes to move forward with draft bill for conservation district funding and will open public comment.

MACD has continued to work on a long-term funding solution for conservation districts. At the July 19th meeting of the Environmental Quality Council (EQC), the Council voted to move forward with the draft bill on conservation district funding. This draft bill – which can be found in the legislative report title ‘Eroding Funds: HJ27 Study […]

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MACD Budget Proposal for Districts presented during May EQC Meeting

MACD Executive Director Rebecca Boslough-King presented a proposal for CD Funding at the most recent Environmental Quality Council (EQC) meeting. The budget focuses on funding for districts to be able to have base operational budgets of $80,000 – $100,000. The EQC voted to put $6 million of total funding towards conservation districts in the draft […]

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CD presentations at upcoming legislative interim committees

The Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) will meet May 17th at 18th. You can find the agenda and meeting materials on the WPIC webpage. Agenda items include: Flathead CD’s SJ 28 – Study of Erosion on the Flathead River, Test Flows from Fort Peck Dam, including a presentation from the Missouri River Conservation District Council […]

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