Legislative session summary

By: 
Rep.Forrest.Mandeville

Legislative Session Summary
The Montana legislature adjourned for the session on April 28, and, other than interim responsibilities or unless a special session is called, will not reconvene until January 2019. I want to thank all of you for allowing me to serve in Helena as your representative. It is a truly humbling experience and an honor I will always cherish.
We faced a major challenge at the beginning of the session to fund vital programs after the Governor irresponsibly spent down a $300 million ending fund balance from last session. The Governor’s solution to spending too much money was to raise your taxes. I worked to resist tax increases and to instead craft a responsible budget focusing on finding efficiencies and not burdening Montanans with permanent​ tax increases. The legislature passed a $10.3 billion budget; a 0.6% increase from last biennium. Importantly, we also established a budget stabilization plan to place more parameters on the executives spending when we are not in session.
Several bills I presented were signed into law. HB 156 ensures that the hard rock mining impact trust account will continue to be funded and that counties and school districts impacted by mining will be protected in the event of a mine closure of significant workforce reduction. This bill had the support of counties, school officials, and the mining industry.
Other bills I sponsored that were signed into law focused on putting parameters on government to ensure predictability and communication through the subdivision and development process. I worked with many stakeholders on these bills, both private and public agencies, and I am confident the legislation we crafted will make the processes smoother for all involved.
I will be staying active after the session on interim committees and am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that will be coming.
As always, I value input from those I represent. The best way to contact me is by email at Rep.Forrest.Mandeville@mt.gov, or by phone at (406) 690-1933.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.

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