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2017 Legislative Session – Help Us Support Two Weed Bills

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Weed Peeps, I can hardly believe it, but the 2017 Legislative session is starting this week! So to get you up to speed, there are currently two bills we are involved with or supporting. One is a bill that has been drafted by the MT Dept of Ag and it amends pesticide fees and also provides stable funding for the State Noxious Weed Coordinator. That bill is HB 126 and it will be heard in the House Ag Committee on Thursday, January 5 at 3 p.m. If you support Montana’s Noxious Weed Program and support the state weed coordinator position, I highly encourage you to write letters, send emails to the House Ag Committee or attend in person to support this legislation.
MT Association of Counties (MACO) is working on a draft bill that will increase the vehicle fee percentage to provide much needed revenue to county weed programs and tribes across Montana and MWCA is a co-sponsor on this bill. The MWCA membership already approved of going for this revenue increase in 2014. This bill is being drafted and sounds like it will also be presented to the House Ag Committee when it is ready. As soon as I have the bill draft, I will send it out to you.

2017 House Ag Committee Members are:

Redfield, Alan (R) Chair
Staffanson, Scott (R) Vice Chair
Pierson, Gordon (D) Vice Chair
Anderson, Fred (R)
Bachmeier, Jacob (D)
Beard, Becky (R)
Bennett, Bryce (D)
Curdy, Willis (D)
Fleming, John (D)
Funk, Moffie (D)
Hamilton, Jim (D)
Harris, Bill (R)
Lenz, Dennis (R)
McKamey, Wendy (R)
Mortensen, Dale (R)
O’Hara, James (R)
Olsen, Andrea (D)
Perry, Zac (D)
Ricci, Vince (R)
Sales, Walt (R)
Sheldon-Galloway, Lola (R)
Webb, Peggy (R)
Windy Boy, Jonathan (D)

Secretary: Sydney Kessel,
Rm 468, (406) 444-1513

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. – Becky Kington at becky@mtweed.org or 406-684-5590.


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