BILLS WE SUPPORT
HB 191 provides inflationary funding of k-12 basic and per pupil entitlements and other components of our public school funding program. Passed House 3d reading today. On its way to the Senate.
HB 136 (Custer)
MEA-MFT bill – HB 136 increases state funding of the defined benefit Game Wardens’ and Peace Officers’ Retirement System by 2% in order to meet our state constitution’s directive that our public employee retirement systems be actuarially funded. MEA-MFT member correctional and probation and parole officers are embraced in this system.
Passed House State Administration today as introduced. No amendments. Could be on the House floor for 2d reading and debate early next week. Please contact members of the House. Urge them to vote YES on HB 136.
HB 178 funds ANB for 19-year-old students. See news story. Heard January 23 in House Education. Strong support from various school districts, students, and MEA-MFT. No opponents. Please urge members of House Education to vote YES.
MEA-MFT bill – SB 115 provides a $3,000 per year stipend for National Board Certified Teachers.
Passed Senate Education January 23. Close vote. Please urge all members of the Senate to support SB 115.
BILLS WE OPPOSE
HB 155 (G. Hertz) – HB 155 eliminates general election day as a state holiday. Tabled House State Administration today.
SB 99 (C. Smith) – Prohibits enforcement of federal firearms laws by Montana public employees. Referred to Senate Judiciary.
HB 246 (Brodehl) – Authorizes a person to carry a firearm on United States postal services property. Hearing House Judiciary, January 24.
HB 280 (Brodehl) – Authorizes legislators to carry handguns on state property. Referred to House Judiciary.