24 Mar SB165

This bill would get rid of the Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, along with several others.  Says that we will take a national test to be licensed. http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/SB0365.pdf   Please OPPOSE this bill, particularly if you live in Missoula SD 50. UPDATE 3/29/17: The Senate Business and Labor Committee heard SB365.  Committee members were able to hear very professional and competent testimony in regards to state licensure of engineers and land surveyors.  In the end, there was not a doubt in the room, that the state licensing board is necessary and functioning as intended to serve the people of Montana Of note, was that the real estate agents and brokers were seemingly OK with elimination of their board. The committee took executive action on the bill and removed the BPEPLS from the bill, as well as two other boards.  The amended bill, pertaining only to the Board of Realty Regulation was passed 6-4 and will move to the full House for a vote.    ...

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18 Feb HB457 Exempting certain lot redesigns from Montana Subdivision and Platting Act

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/HB0457.pdf Revises 76-3-207(2)(d) by striking out "for five or fewer lots within a platted subdivision, the relocation of common boundaries" and replacing it with redesigns or rearrangements of lot criteria for exemption. MACO is tracking this one and does not like it in it's current form.  There is an open dialogue between MARLS and MACO legislative, so if you'd like to reach their lobby please let me know.  I've seen friendly amendment language and it seems pretty good....

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09 Feb HB141 DOC Authority Over BPELS

Licensees may be interested in HB 141.  Page 4 has the goodies.  The licensing board will be advisory only if this passes.  It is now in the State Senate and needs only the Senate yes vote and governor's signature to become law upon his signature. This will give Labor Department Commissioner Busy full authority over every action of the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. LAWS Detailed Bill Information Page Bill Draft Number: LC0392    Current Bill Text:        Previous Version(s)   Bill Type - Number: HB 141 Short Title: Provide licensing boards with active supervision in antitrust liability cases Primary Sponsor: Ryan Lynch  (D) HD 76 [poll id="3"]...

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08 Feb SB170 UAV’s

**** SCHEDULED HEARING **** BILL NO: SB170 SPONSOR: Steve Hinebauch SHORT TITLE: Provide civil liability for unmanned aerial vehicle trespass COMMITTEE: Senate Judiciary DATE: February 14, 2017 ROOM: 303 TIME: 9:00 AM NOTE: Hearings are subject to change. To view the Hearing Schedule on line click here. Senate Bill 170 Text...

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08 Feb HB 300 Townhouse Exemption

**** SCHEDULED HEARING **** BILL NO: HB300 SPONSOR: Adam Hertz SHORT TITLE: Exempt townhouses from certain subdivision sanitation regulations COMMITTEE: Senate Local Government DATE: February 13, 2017 ROOM: 405 TIME: 3:00 PM NOTE: Hearings are subject to change. To view the Hearing Schedule on line select the following Link. http://laws.leg.mt.gov/legprd/LAW0208W$BLAC.QueryView?P_BILL_DFT_NO=LC2037&P_BLAC_APPL_SEQ=29&p_sess=20171...

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