Rep. Mandeville’s report on 2019 legislative session

Representative Forrest J.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

This year’s legislative session reached its end point on April

25. There were many highs and lows throughout the session.

I am happy we passed a balanced budget and funded a lot of local infrastructure projects throughout the state. I am glad we stopped several ridiculous and unnecessary tax increases, such as a fireworks tax, a carbon tax, and a carry-pit bag fee. However I am less excited about several taxes and that were increased, such as an increase in the bed tax, an increase in car registration fees, and additional fees for investment advisors.

I had several bills signed into law. HB 55 continues my work to streamline DEQ’s subdivision review process, and I was glad to be able to work closely with DEQ and private-sector groups with this bill. HB 124 changes subdivision law to allow another option for lifting agricultural covenants. This bill was requested by the Montana Association of Counties and I worked closely with them on the bill. HB 228 is a bill that was suggested by a constituent and revises some privacy laws to reflect recent court decisions.

Even though the regular session is over, I will have interim duties over the next year and a half. I will continue to serve on the State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs (SAVA) Interim Committee. I have served on this committee the past two interims as well, and look forward to looking at ways to make voting more accessible for all individuals, ensuring that veterans’ services are available to those entitled to utilize them, and providing oversight of the public employee pension systems.

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

Representative Forrest J.

Mandeville, HD 57

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