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One of our very own Hellgate students, Sam Silverberg, has provided a summarized version of bills that either might affect Hellgate Students or bills they might be interested in learning about, to help make these often complicated bills more accessible to everyone!
House & Senate Bills
House Bill 664
Sponsor: Katie Sullivan
- CREATING AN INSULIN SAFETY NET PROGRAM; ESTABLISHING REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPATION; REQUIRING LICENSING OF MANUFACTURERS OF INSULIN SOLD IN MONTANA; REQUIRING MANUFACTURERS TO REIMBURSE OR REPLACE INSULIN DISPENSED UNDER THE PROGRAM; ESTABLISHING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS; PROVIDING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND A TERMINATION DATE.
- For Montana residents who do not have a prescription drug coverage plan that limits the cost-sharing amount for the individual to $75 or less and is in urgent need of insulin.
- A manufacturer shall reimburse a pharmacy for insulin provided to an eligible individual or replace the insulin that was provided to the eligible individual within 7 days of receiving the pharmacy's claim for reimbursement or replacement.
House Bill 691
Sponsor: Dennis R Lenz
- The department shall establish crisis response services to help individuals with developmental disabilities minimize or avoid instances of crisis. The services must assist providers and families in preventing, deescalating, and intervening in instances in which individuals with developmental disabilities are likely to go into crisis.
- There is appropriated $476,725 from the federal special revenue fund and $476,725 from the general fund to the department of public health and human services for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021. The appropriation may be used only for the crisis response services.
House Bill 236
Sponsor: Shane A Morigeau
- A health care facility shall provide a patient or a patient's authorized agent with its estimated charge for a health care treatment, surgery, or procedure that has been recommended for the patient and is expected to exceed $500.
House Bill 329
Sponsor: Sue Vinton
- REVISING LAWS RELATED TO ESTABLISHING THE STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ACT.
- After proper qualification, the superintendent of public instruction shall allow money deposited in the Montana special needs equal opportunity education savings account to be used to reimburse parents for the purchase of all educational resources.
- Special needs equal opportunity education savings trust.
House Bill 642
Sponsor: Laurie Bishop
- Provide a pilot farm-to-school grant program administered by the office of public instruction for farm-to-school activities. Farm to school strengthens community connections to fresh, local food by shifting food purchasing and education practices in schools.
- Aimed at providing food for students who cannot afford meals provided by their given school.
Senate Bill 188
Sponsor: Mike Lang
- A teacher, specialist, or administrator who has been receiving a retirement allowance for no less than 2 months may be employed on a full-time basis by an employer for a maximum of 5 years as a teacher and 3 years as an administrator during the lifetime of the retired member without the loss or interruption of any payments or retirement benefits.
House Bill 244
Sponsor: Dennis R Lenz
- REVISING LAWS RELATED TO THE DEATH PENALTY; PROVIDING THAT DEATH MUST BE CAUSED BY A SUBSTANCE OR SUBSTANCES IN A LETHAL QUANTITY SUFFICIENT TO CAUSE DEATH.
- Reinstution of the Montana death penalty.
House and Senate Joint Bill 4
Sponsor: Mary Caferro
- THE CREATION OF AN INTERIM STUDY OF THE CRIMINAL COMMITMENT PROCESS AND PLACEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS; AND REQUIRING THAT THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE STUDY BE REPORTED TO THE 68TH LEGISLATURE.
- In 1979 the Montana Legislature eliminated a criminal defendant's right to raise the so-called "insanity defense" to avoid conviction on the grounds the defendant was suffering from a mental disorder that made the defendant unable to understand the criminal nature of the acts at issue or to conform to the requirements of the law. The state law now includes a variety of different medical-legal categories for defendants and offenders in Montana's criminal justice system, including guilty but mentally ill, not guilty due to mental illness, and unfit to proceed to trial. State law now requires a court to determine whether a defendant is fit to proceed to trial, whether the person acted purposely or knowingly when committing a crime, and whether the person was able to appreciate the criminality of the act or was able to act within the law.
- It is proposed there be an interim committee to review and analyze the validity of the charges found by the court to the defendant.
- It is proposed that the final results of the study, including any findings, conclusions, comments, or recommendations of the appropriate committee, be reported to the 68th Legislature.
House and Senate Joint Bill 9
Sponsor: Ron Marshall
- URGING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO END THE ENDLESS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, TO REPEAL THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE, TO TAKE NO ACTION TO EMPLOY MILITARY FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES IN ACTIVE DUTY COMBAT UNLESS THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HAS PASSED AN OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF WAR OR HAS TAKEN AN OFFICIAL ACTION OR RENEWED ACTION TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE, AND TO EXECUTE A PRUDENT FOREIGN POLICY.
House Bill 273
Sponsor: Derek Skees
- AN ACT REPEALING THE LAWS AUTHORIZING THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA THROUGH STATEWIDE VOTE TO APPROVE OR REJECT A PROPOSED NUCLEAR POWER FACILITY CERTIFIED UNDER THE MONTANA MAJOR FACILITY SITING ACT.
- A person may not commence constructing a facility in the state without first applying for and obtaining a certificate of compliance issued with respect to the facility by the department.