Mandeville’s Transmittal report

Rep. Forrest J. Mandeville
Thursday, March 7, 2019

We’ve reached the transmittal break, which means all general bills must be passed through the House by the end of last week in order to be transmitted to the Senate.

I am excited that several of my bills are still working their way through the process. HB 55 would continue my work to streamline DEQ’s subdivision review process. I am working closely with DEQ on this bill. HB 124 has already been signed by the Governor and would allow another option for lifting agricultural covenants. HB 124 was requested by the Montana Association of Counties. HB 228 is a bill that was brought up by a constituent and revises some privacy laws to reflect recent court decisions. HB 228 is on the Governor’s desk awaiting signature. I also have two bills requesting interim studies, HJ 3 and HJ 11. HJ 3 would study voting accessibility for disabled electors, while HJ 11 would take a more comprehensive look at voting processes and methods. I am also sponsoring HJ 26, which recently passed the House, and would request a citizenship question be included on the 2020 census.

There are a couple of hot topic items you may be interested in hearing about. This session the Republic majority in the House made it an early priority to pass the local school funding bill. We wanted to make sure this important bill did not get tied up in the politics of late in the session and passed it within the firs couple of weeks.

Republicans have also made it a priority to kill many of the bad tax increase bills. We have already killed a fireworks tax, a carbon tax, a tobacco vapor product tax and disposable carry-out bag fee. There is no doubt these bills would have hurt our local businesses. We are dedicated to voting down as many of these tax increases as we see.

We have also made defending Second Amendment rights a priority. Both the House and Senate have passed a bill to allow those with concealed carry permits to move to a different city or county without having to notify law enforcement. We have passed a bill so Montanans applying for concealed weapons permits do not have to provide a social security number. Others passed include prohibiting local governments from regulating private sales and carrying a concealed weapon.

As your Representative I am looking forward to serving you in the second half of the session. I am dedicated to continuing to kill any new taxes, reduce the size of the government, demand accountability in government agencies, create new jobs, and create a new framework for essential infrastructure.

Please feel free to contact me about any issues important to you. You can contact me at (406) 690-1933, or by email at

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check for more info. Find them on Facebook . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: 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, November 26, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.


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