2019 Legislative Report

 

SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

HB 72 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ELIMINATING REDUNDANT PENALTY PROVISIONS; AMENDING SECTIONS 15-30-2641 AND 15-30-2643, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
Marilyn Marler (D) HD 90 Chapter Number Assigned 02/28/2019 Clarify penalty and interest laws

HB 65 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT GENERALLY REVISING LAWS PERTAINING TO SERVICE OF PROCESS AND THE STATE AUDITOR; PROVIDING FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS FOR A DOMESTIC  INSURER; PROVIDING FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS FOR FOREIGN OR ALIEN INSURERS AND  APPOINTMENT OF REGISTERED AGENTS; PROVIDING FOR APPOINTMENT AND FILING FEES;  AMENDING SECTIONS 33-1-613, 33-2-115, 33-2-315, 33-2-1216, 33-2-1701, 33-6-101, 33-19-403, 33-28-102, 33-28-207, AND 33-31-111, MCA; REPEALING SECTIONS 33-1-601, 33-1-602, AND 33-1-603, MCA; AND 11 PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
Matt Regier (R) HD 4 Chapter Number Assigned 03/18/2019 Revise laws related to service of process with the insurance commissioner

HB 107 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT GENERALLY REVISING THE MONTANA MORTGAGE ACT;  ADDING CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MORTGAGE SERVICERS; ADDING NET WORTH REQUIREMENTS  FOR MORTGAGE LENDERS; REVISING DESIGNATED MANAGER AND BRANCH OFFICE REQUIREMENTS;  REVISING SURETY BOND REQUIREMENTS; ALLOWING SERVICE BY COMMON COURIER WITH TRACKING CAPABILITY; PROVIDING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY REGARDING FALSE, DECEPTIVE, AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING, INTERNET AND ELECTRONIC ADVERTISING, MORTGAGE SERVICER CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS, AND DESIGNATED MANAGER SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES AND RESTITUTION FROM SERVICE PROVIDERS; AUTHORIZING INVESTIGATION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS; ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION ABOUT SERVICE PROVIDERS TO LICENSEES; AMENDING MORTGAGE SERVICER COSTS AND FEE SCHEDULE FILING REQUIREMENTS; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 32-9-103, 32-9-120, 32-9-122, 32-9-123, 32-9-128, 32-9-130, 32-9-133, 32-9-141, 32-9-149, 32-9-160, AND 32-9-170, MCA."
Shane A Morigeau (D) HD 95 Chapter Number Assigned 03/19/2019 Revise mortgage laws on disclosures, surety bonds, and other requirements

HB 201 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING TAX LIEN LAWS; REVISING THE ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS FOR PROPERTY TAX LIENS; AND AMENDING SECTION 15-17-323, MCA."
Mary Ann Dunwell (D) HD 84 Chapter Number Assigned 03/19/2019 Revising tax lien laws

SB 64 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT GENERALLY REVISING CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT LAWS; PROVIDING FOR THE MODERNIZATION OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT LAWS; EXPANDING THE FORMS OF INCOME FROM WHICH CHILD SUPPORT MAY BE WITHHELD; PROVIDING PAYOR GUIDANCE ON THE ALLOCATION OF INCOME WITHHOLDING; REVISING THE DEFINITION OF A HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN FOR MEDICAL SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT; REVISING THE UNIFORM INTERSTATE FAMILY  SUPPORT ACT TO PROVIDE CONFORMITY WITH UNIFORM LAWS; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 40-5-403,  40-5-421, 40-5-423, 40-5-804, 40-5-909, 40-5-1002, 40-5-1005, 40-5-1008, 40-5-1017, 40-5-1027, 40-5-1043,  40-5-1051, 40-5-1059, 40-5-1063, 40-5-1064, 40-5-1067, 40-5-1068, 40-5-1069, AND 40-5-1074, MCA."
Diane Sands (D) SD 49 Chapter Number Assigned 04/10/2019 Modernize child support statutes

HB 386 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING THE PROVISIONS FOR SUSPENSION OF  DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES ON COMMERCIAL PROPERTY; AMENDING SECTION 15-24-1701, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
Greg Hertz (R) HD 12 (H) Signed by Governor 04/18/2019 Revising the procedure for cancelling delinquent taxes on commercial property

SB 82 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROVIDING FOR RECOVERY OF ATTORNEY FEES IN QUIET  TITLE ACTIONS INVOLVING CERTAIN SEVERED JOINT TENANCIES; AND AMENDING SECTION 70-28-112, 6 MCA."
Steve Fitzpatrick (R) SD 10 Chapter Number Assigned 04/17/2019 Revise laws relating to the transfer of property

SB 223 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT CLARIFYING EXEMPTIONS FROM JUDGMENT; PROVIDING THAT  ROLLOVER CONTRIBUTIONS ARE EXEMPT FROM EXECUTION; AND AMENDING SECTION 25-13-608, MCA."
Tom Jacobson (D) SD 11 (S) Transmitted to Governor 04/08/2019 Generally revise execution and judgment laws

SB 213 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING LAWS REGARDING PHOTOGRAPHING EVIDENCE IN THEFT CASES; PROVIDING THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHER SHALL PREPARE A WRITTEN REPORT DESCRIBING THE ITEMS AND OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION; PROVIDING THAT THE REPORT NO LONGER MUST BE NOTARIZED; AND AMENDING SECTION 26-1-608, MCA."
Edith (Edie) McClafferty (D) SD 38 Chapter Number Assigned 04/30/2019 Generally revise evidence laws

HB 431 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT CREATING THE MONTANA FARMER LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BY REVISING THE MONTANA GROWTH THROUGH AGRICULTURE ACT; PROVIDING THAT INTEREST INCOME FROM COAL SEVERANCE TAX FUNDS CERTAIN GROWTH THROUGH AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS; REQUIRING THE MONTANA AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO PROVIDE A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF FUNDING FOR THE FARMER LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM; CREATING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS; REQUIRING DOCUMENTATION FOR APPLICANTS; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR PRIORITIES FOR FUNDING OF PROGRAM APPLICANTS; REVISING A STATUTORY APPROPRIATION; PROVIDING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY TO MONTANA AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL; AMENDING SECTIONS 15-35-108, 90-9-102, 90-9-103, 90-9-202, 90-9-203, AND 90-9-306, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND A TERMINATION DATE."

Zach Brown (D) HD 63
(H) Signed by Governor 05/10/2019 Create farmer loan assistance program by revising GTA laws

HB 615 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT MODERNIZING CLAIM AND DELIVERY LAW; CONFIRMING THAT THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE REVISED ARTICLE NINE REMEDIES ARE AVAILABLE IN A CLAIM AND DELIVERY ACTION; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 27-17-205 AND 27-17-304, MCA."
Shane A Morigeau (D) HD 95 (H) Signed by Governor 05/08/2019 Modernize claim and delivery law

SB 253 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT GENERALLY REVISING TAX LIEN AND TAX DEED LAWS; PROVIDING THAT A TAX LIEN MAY ONLY BE ATTACHED IF DELINQUENT TAXES EXCEED $1,000; REMOVING THE REQUIREMENT THAT CURRENT TAXES BE PAID BEFORE DELINQUENT TAXES; PROVIDING THAT A TAX LIEN BE ASSIGNED AT AUCTION TO THE PERSON WHO REQUESTS THE LOWEST INTEREST RATE; REQUIRING THE ASSIGNEE TO APPLY TO THE COUNTY TREASURER FOR A TAX DEED; PROVIDING THAT UPON APPLICATION OF A TAX DEED, THE TAX DEED BE AUCTIONED TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER; PROVIDING A REQUIRED OPENING BID AT TAX DEED AUCTION THAT INCLUDES HALF THE ASSESSED VALUE IF THE PROPERTY INCLUDES A HABITABLE DWELLING OR COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE; PROVIDING THAT THE TRUE PROPERTY OWNER AND LIENHOLDERS OF A TAX DEED AUCTIONED PROPERTY CAN REQUEST FUNDS IN EXCESS OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SALE PRICE AND THE OPENING BID; AMENDING SECTIONS 15-16-102, 15-17-121, 15-17-122, 15-17-125, 15-17-323, 15-17-326, 15-18-112, 15-18-211, 15-18-212, 15-18-213, 15-18-214, 15-18-215, 15-18-411, 15-18-412, 15-18-413, AND 70-9-803, MCA; REPEALING SECTIONS 15-18-216 AND 15-18-217, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN APPLICABILITY DATE."
Cary Smith (R) SD 27 (S) Signed by Governor 05/07/2019 Revise the tax lien and tax deed process for residential property

 

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HB 16 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROVIDING FUNDING FOR LOW-INCOME AND  MODERATE-INCOME HOUSING LOANS WITH MONEY FROM THE PERMANENT COAL SEVERANCE TAX TRUST FUND; PROVIDING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY; AMENDING SECTIONS 17-6-308, 90-6-132, AND  90-6-136, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
Dave Fern (D) HD 5 (H) Tabled in Committee * -- (H) Taxation 01/25/2019 Establish affordable housing loan program

HB 246 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING LAWS FOR OUT-OF-STATE SUBPOENAS; REQUIRING 30 DAYS' NOTICE FOR EFFECTIVE SERVICE OF OUT-OF-STATE PROCESS WITHIN MONTANA; AND PROVIDING FOR COMPENSATORY DAMAGES IN CERTAIN CASES."
Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R) HD 22 (H) Tabled in Committee * -- (H) Judiciary 01/25/2019 Revise laws for out-of-state subpoenas

HB 182 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING COURT ADMINISTRATION LAWS TO ESTABLISH A  CIVIL LEGAL AID ACCOUNT AND GRANT PROGRAM; INCREASING FEES FOR CERTAIN FILINGS IN DISTRICT COURT; PROVIDING A STATUTORY APPROPRIATION FOR THE COST OF PROVIDING LEGAL ASSISTANCE OR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION TO PERSONS OF LIMITED MEANS IN CIVIL LEGAL MATTERS; AMENDING SECTIONS 3-1-702, 17-7-502, 25-1-201, 25-9-506, AND 44-7-202, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND A TERMINATION DATE."
Kenneth L Holmlund (R) HD 38 (H) Tabled in Committee * -- (H) Judiciary 01/31/2019 Establish the Civil Justice Improvements Act

HB 216 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING STATE INCOME TAX LAWS RELATED TO STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS BY EMPLOYERS; PROVIDING AN EXCLUSION FROM STATE ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME FOR STUDENT LOAN REIMBURSEMENTS MADE BY AN EMPLOYER; ALLOWING A QUALITY EDUCATOR RECEIVING LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE TO EXCLUDE THE REPAYMENT FROM ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME FOR STATE INCOME TAX PURPOSES; AMENDING SECTION 15-30-2110, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN APPLICABILITY DATE."
Kimberly Dudik (D) HD 94 (H) Tabled in Committee * -- (H) Taxation 02/01/2019 Revise tax laws related to student loan reimbursements by employers

HB 358 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MONTANA HOMEOWNER'S BILL OF RIGHTS ACT; PROVIDING METHODS OF RECOURSE FOR OWNERS OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN THREAT OF DEFAULT OR FORECLOSURE; PROVIDING PROCEDURES FOR CONTACTING OWNERS IN THREAT OF DEFAULT; PROVIDING FORECLOSURE PREVENTION ALTERNATIVES; ESTABLISHING TIMETABLES FOR NOTICES OF DEFAULT, FORECLOSURE, AND SALE OF PROPERTY; ESTABLISHING PENALTIES AND FINES FOR PARTIES THAT VIOLATE A HOMEOWNER'S RIGHTS; PROVIDING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY;  AND AMENDING SECTIONS 71-1-313 AND 71-1-315, MCA."
Robert Farris-Olsen (D) HD 79 (H) Tabled in Committee * -- (H) Business and Labor 02/22/2019 Establish a Montana homeowners bill of rights

HB 442 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT GENERALLY REVISING EVIDENCE LAWS; DEFINING THE TERM "OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE"; REQUIRING THE TESTIMONY OF ONE WITNESS TO BE SUPPORTED BY CORROBORATIVE AND OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE OR THE TESTIMONY OF TWO WITNESSES TO PROVE A FACT; ESTABLISHING THE PRESUMPTION THAT A SINGLE WITNESS TO A FACT IS MISTAKEN; ESTABLISHING A METHOD FOR OVERCOMING PRESUMPTION OF MISTAKE; AMENDING THE BURDEN OF PROOF FOR SITUATIONS IN WHICH A FACT ASSERTED BY A SINGLE WITNESS IS DISPUTED; REQUIRING THE TESTIMONY OF ONE WITNESS SUPPORTED BY CORROBORATIVE AND OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE OR THE TESTIMONY OF TWO WITNESSES TO SUSTAIN A CONVICTION; AND AMENDING SECTIONS 26-1-102, 26-1-301, 26-1-302, 26-1-401, 46-15-323, AND 46-16-202, MCA."
Joe Read (R) HD 93 (H) Tabled in Committee * -- (H) Judiciary 02/21/2019 Generally revise evidence laws

HB 495 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM EXECUTION; EXEMPTING FEDERAL AND STATE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BENEFITS FROM EXECUTION; EXEMPTING STUDENT LOAN BENEFITS FROM EXECUTION; AND AMENDING SECTION 25-13-608, MCA."
Robert Farris-Olsen (D) HD 79 (H) Tabled in Committee * -- (H) Judiciary 02/21/2019 Expand exemptions from collections to include student loans

HB 622 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROHIBITING UNSOLICITED LOAN CHECKS; PROHIBITING COLLECTION ON UNSOLICITED LOANS; PROHIBITING REPORTING TO CREDIT AGENCIES REGARDING UNSOLICITED LOANS; EXEMPTINGCERTAINLENDERS; AND ALLOWING FOR SUIT AND INJUNCTIONS."

Robert Farris-Olsen (D) HD 79 (S) Tabled in Committee 04/02/2019 Eliminate pre-established loan products

SB 87 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT INCREASING THE FINANCIAL LITERACY OF STUDENTS WHO BORROW MONEY TO PAY FOR COLLEGE; REQUIRING UNITS OF THE MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOPS AND REPORTS TO STUDENTS INCURRING FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN DEBT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
Keith Regier (R) SD 3 (H) Died in Standing Committee * 04/25/2019 Requiring the University System to report on student loans

SB 42  A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROVIDING THAT A WARRANT FOR DISTRAINT CREATES A LIEN AGAINST ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF MONTANA OWNED BY A DELINQUENT TAXPAYER; AMENDING SECTION 15-1-701, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."

Jill Cohenour (D) SD 42 (H) Tabled in Committee 04/03/2019 Revise filing requirements for warrants for distraint

SB 208 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROVIDING TAX CREDITS FOR STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS; PROVIDING FOR A TAX CREDIT FOR STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS MADE BY AN INDIVIDUAL OR AN EMPLOYER FOR A STUDENT WHO GRADUATED FROM A UNIT OF THE MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, A MONTANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, OR A MONTANA TRIBAL COLLEGE; REQUIRING THE COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO FURNISH INFORMATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE FOR ADMINISTRATION OF THE CREDITS; PROVIDING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE AND A RETROACTIVE APPLICABILITY DATE."
Tom Jacobson (D) SD 11 (S) Tabled in Committee * -- (S) Taxation 02/15/2019 Provide tax credit for student loan payments

HB 499 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING HEALTH CARE PROVIDER NETWORK DISCLOSURE LAWS TO AVOID SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS; PROVIDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND CONTROL TO HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS; PROVIDING PROCEDURES FOR INFORMING CONSUMERS ABOUT OUT-OF-NETWORK HEALTH CARE COSTS AND ABOUT THE ABILITY TO OPT OUT OF SERVICES; ESTABLISHING LIMITS ON A CONSUMER'S OUT-OF-NETWORK COSTS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; AMENDING SECTIONS 50-4-504, 50-4-510, 50-4-511, 50-4-512, AND 50-4-518, MCA; AND PROVIDING A DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN APPLICABILITY DATE."
Kathy Kelker (D) HD 47 (H) Tabled in Committee * -- (H) Human Services 02/27/2019 Revise laws related to surprise medical bills

 

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