Working together to strengthen and support noxious weed management efforts in Montana.

Are you a Montana County Weed Coordinator? We have a Bill for you — HB410

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Stop. Look. Respond!

Are you a Montana County Weed Coordinator?
Could your program use more funding?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, we have a bill for you!

HB410 is a proposed bill sponsored by Montana Association of County Commissioners and Montana Weed Control Association to increase the noxious weed portion of the vehicle fee tax to go to counties and reservations, and to re-define integrated weed management within the act. The act can be found here.

As you may be aware, there are many entities who receive funding from the vehicle fee tax and this legislative session, increases are coming out of the woodwork. Noxious weed fees associated with the vehicle fee have not been increased since 1989. We know your program costs have increased greatly since 1989 and we also know that many county budgets are being cut across the board. If passed as currently proposed, this legislation would provide an additional $13,000 per year to county weed districts and reservations. We desperately need your support for this bill if we are going to have any chance of this passing.

The first hearing for HB410 will be held next Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Capitol building, room 137 with the House Ag Committee. If you can possibly make it in person, a strong showing of counties would be fantastic. But if you can’t make it, a draft template of a letter you can re-word to make it fit your program is here and an infographic you can print off and post to engage the support of your weed board and commissioners can be found here.

The only shot this bill has of passing is if we can garner the support of Montana County Weed Boards and Commissioners! Please help us and help your program by testifying or writing or calling House Ag Committee members. You can also contact the bill sponsor, Representative Ray Shaw. His email is Rep.Ray.shaw@mt.gov

Members are here and you can find their contact info at www.leg.mt.gov:

(H)Agriculture — Standing Committee
Rep. FRED ANDERSON (R)
Rep. JACOB BACHMEIER (D)
Rep. BECKY BEARD (R)
Rep. BRYCE BENNETT (D)
Rep. WILLIS CURDY (D)
Rep. JOHN L FLEMING (D)
Rep. MOFFIE FUNK (D)
Rep. JIM HAMILTON (D)
Rep. BILL HARRIS (R)
Rep. DENNIS LENZ (R)
Rep. WENDY MCKAMEY (R)
Rep. DALE MORTENSEN (R)
Rep. JAMES O’HARA (R)
Rep. ANDREA OLSEN (D)
Rep. ZAC PERRY (D)
Rep. GORDON PIERSON (ID)–Vice Chair
Rep. ALAN REDFIELD (R)- -Chair
Rep. VINCE RICCI (R)
Rep. WALT SALES (R)
Rep. LOLA SHELDON-GALLOWAY (R)
Rep. SCOTT STAFFANSON (R)–Vice Chair
Rep. PEGGY WEBB (R)
Rep. JONATHAN WINDY BOY (D)


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