2021 Montana Legislature and Politics

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Here’s what happened when this company banned meetings

“Work has to deliver joy, and we’re just trying to design the processes in such a way that is both joyful and efficient, so people can concentrate on things that they’re best at,” he says. “Once they start doing more of what they’re good at, they become happier in general.”

Close the digital divide in rural areas first

It’s our hope that Montana’s congressional delegation stands up for rural communities. It would be a darn shame if Congress were to send critical resources to America’s largest cities while the rural divide grows in places like Montana. Prioritize rural broadband.

Redistricting commission adopts criteria for Montana’s new congressional district

Montana’s five-member redistricting commission voted Friday to formally adopt criteria to guide its work in establishing lines for the state’s new congressional district. A vote on criteria governing how the commission will redraw state legislative boundaries was pushed to July 20.

Montana Legislature Districting and Apportionment Commission – July 20, 2021 – Room 102, State Capitol, Helena and Zoom

The meetings starts on July 20 at 10 a.m. in Room 102 of the Capitol in Helena. The public can join the commissioners in person at the Capitol or online using Zoom.

Montanans divided over drawing political lines for new Congressional district

Make the districts compact. Make them as similar in population as possible, advised Republican Rep. Derek Skees, of Flathead County. Don’t worry about making them fair or competitive.

The State-Tribal Relations Committee (STRC) Meetings – 7/22 Pablo and 7/23 Browning

The State-Tribal Relations Committee (STRC) travels to Pablo and Browning July 22 and 23 to meet with the CSKT Tribal Council and the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council. The STRC will also elect its leadership for the interim, adopt rules, and discuss its work plan.

The State-Tribal Relations Committee (STRC) Meetings – 7/22 Pablo and 7/23 Browning

The State-Tribal Relations Committee (STRC) travels to Pablo and Browning July 22 and 23 to meet with the CSKT Tribal Council and the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council. The STRC will also elect its leadership for the interim, adopt rules, and discuss its work plan.

ARPA Infrastructure Advisory Commission (Water and Sewer Grants) to hold meeting July 27 – 9AM – Helena – State Capital and Online

During the July 27 meeting, the Commission will discuss public comments, review outreach activities, and summarize applications received.

Montana Legislature Economic Affairs Interim Committee Thursday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m. State Capitol Room 152

The prioritization of interim activities will include discussion on the studies assigned to the EAIC by Legislative Council:

HJ 48 – Study of Facial Recognition Technology
HJ 49 – Study of Benefits Cliffs in Public Assistance Programs
SJ 31 – Study Implementation of Montana’s Recreational Marijuana Program

Montana is melting and its politicians refuse to do anything about it

It’s almost impossible to believe, but while Montanans are melting in record-high, triple-digit temperatures in June, mining and burning more coal as well as drilling and burning more oil and gas continues to be recklessly promoted by our politicians who are apparently blind to the severe drought, blistering temperatures, and insect infestations as the climate-destroying cycle of fossil-fuel production and consumption continues.