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2013 Legislative Session Update

Legislative Summary as of 05/15/2013

The following are summaries of bills and their current status.  This information provided is for informational purposes and does not indicate EMS and Trauma Systems Section / DPHHS support or opposition unless specifically indicated. 

Action on bills can quickly be out-of-date and you can follow the bill link to the LAWS website to verify current status of a bill you may be interested in.

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PDF PDF of Non-Introduced Bills from LAWS site

Introduced:


HB 259 - Revising professional occupation and licensing terms regarding military training
An act requiring professional and occupational licensing boards to apply relevant education, training or service by members of the armed forced for licensure.  A comparable bill, SB 183 is also introduced in the Senate.
Primary Sponsor – Chuck Hunter
Status
04/26 - Signed by Governor
04/12 - Passed Senate as amended
03/28 - Bill concurred as amended
03/14 - Hearing held
03/08 - Transmitted to Senate; referred to (S) Business, Labor & Economic Affairs
01/31 - Scheduled for 3rd reading in the House
01/25 - New version of the the bill available
01/24 – Hearing before (H) Business & Labor Committee; bill passed out of committee
01/18 – Introduced; Referred to (H) Business & Labor Committee


HB 459 - Revise privacy laws related to medical treatment and firearms
This act prohibits a health care provider or health care facility from refusing health care if a person refuses to provide information relating to firearm ownership, possession or use.
Primary Sponsor: Krayton Kerns
Status:
04/19 - Signed by Governor
04/09 - Passed Senate
03/26 - Pass Senate with amendments; returned to House
03/18 - Hearing held; bill concurred as amended
03/08 - Referred to (S) Judiciary
02/27 - Passed in House; transmitted to Senate
02/20 - Hearing held; passed out of committee
02/13 - Introduced; referred tp (H) Judiciary


HB 575– Generally revise 9-1-1 laws
An act that further defines what 9-1-1 fees can be used for; requiring unused funds to be reallocated to 9-1-1 jurisdictions and wireless providers and prohibits funds to be used for interoperable networks for emergency responder communications.
Primary Sponsor: Tom Berry
Status
04/26 - Signed by Governor
04/13 - Passed Senate; returned to House
04/09 - Hearing held; passed out of committee
04/02 - Referred to (S) Energy and Telecommunications
03/28 - Passed House; transmitted to Senate
03/26 - Hearing held; bill passed
03/22 - Passed 2nd reading; referred back to (H) Appropriations
03/19 - Bill passed out of committee as amended
03/06 - Hearing held
02/26 - Introduced; referred to (H) Federal Relations, Energy and Telecommunications


SB 65 Revise laws relating to confidentiality of child abuse and neglect reports
A bill broadening the list of person to whom the Department of Public Health and Human Services may release child abuse or neglect case records.  Would broaden to include grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother, sister, person who report abuse and persons who are mandated to report abuse.
Primary Sponsor – Art Wittich
Status:  
03/01 - Signed by Governor
02/20 - Transmitted to Governor
02/14 - Passed in House
02/11 - Pass out of committee
02/04 - Hearing held
01/22 - Referred to (H) Human Services
01/19 - Passed Senate; transmitted to House
01/11 - Hearing held; passed out of committee
12/12 - Introduced; referred to (S) Judiciary


SB 84 Establish standards and structure for patient-centered medical homes
A bill creating a commission and standards for patient-centered medical homes
Primary Sponsor – Christine Kaufmann
Status:  
04/30 - Signed by Governor
04/16 - passed House; returned to Senate
04/08 - Hearing held; passed out of committee
03/20 - referred to (H) Human Services
03/12 - Passed Senate; transmitted to House
02/25 - Passed out of committee as amended
01/23 – Hearing Held
12/24 – Introduced; referred to (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety


SB 112 – Establish youth concussion protection laws
This bill promotes safety for youth athletes, requires school district to adopt policy addressing concussions; requires athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion be remove from participation and medical clearance be obtained. DPHHS will be testifying is support of this bill.
Primary Sponsor: Anders Blewett
Status
04/22 - Signed by Governor
04/11 - Passed Senate as amended
04/04 - Passed House; returned to Senate with amendments
03/26 - Hearing held; bill concurred as amended
03/07 - Referred to (H) Education
02/11 - Passed Senate; transmittted to House
02/06 - Bill passed out of committee as amended
02/01 – Hearing held
01/09 - Introduced; referred to Senate Judiciary Committee


SB 165 Authorize emergency use of epinephrine in a school setting
A bill allowing a school to maintain a stock supply of epinephrine; defines it could be administered by a school nurse or other authorized (trained) persons and requirements for training.
Primary Sponsor – Mary Caferro
Status:
04/12 - Singed by Govenror
04/04 - Transmitted to Governor
03/27 - Passed Senate
03/19 - Pass House with amendments; returned to Senate
03/14 - Hearing held; passed out of committee
02/01 - Passed Senate; Transmitted to House - referred to (H) Education
01/25 – Hearing held; bill pass out of committee
01/18 – Introduced; referred to (S) Education and Cultural Resources


SB 183 Revise licensing laws regarding military service experience
A bill requiring the Department of Labor and Industry and each licensing board to accept evidence of military training and experience to satisfy licensing or certification requirements.  This is a companion to HB 259 which received a very favorable hearing on 01/24.
Primary Sponsor – Elsie Arntzen
Status:  
04/18 - Transmitted to Governor
04/13 - Passed by Senate as amneded
04/04 - Passed House; returned to Senate with amendments
03/27 - Hearing held; bill concurred as amended
02/25 - Referred to (H) Business & Labor
02/12 - Passed Senate; transmitted to House
02/06 - Bill passed out of committee
01/30 - Hearing held
01/23 – Introduced; Referred to (S) Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs


SB 292– Revise medical peer review laws to clarify definitions
This bill clarifies the terms "Data" and "Incident Report" or "Occurrence Report" in current law.
Primary Sponsor: Bruce Tutvedt
Status
04/22 - Signed by Govenor
04/06 - Passed House; returned to Senate
03/21 - Hearing held; bill concurred
02/26 - Passed Senate; transmitted to House - referred to (H) Human Services
02/21 - Passed out of committee
02/18 - Hearing held
02/12 - Introduced; referred to (S) Public Health, Welfare & Safety


Tabled:

HB 165 – Revise laws related to speed upon approaching emergency or police vehicles
Revised current law to require vehicles approaching stationary emergency vehicles displaying flashing or rotating signals on a public highway with a posted speed limit of 50 MPH or more and when driving in the lane that is directly next to the emergency vehicle to reduce vehicle speed to 35 mph
Primary Sponsor - Amanda Curtis
Status
01/25 – Tabled
01/17 - Hearing held before the (H) Judiciary Committee


HB 175 - Include dispatchers in the sheriffs' retirement system
Authorizes the transfer of certain public safety officers / dispatchers from the Public Employee’s Retirement System to the Sheriffs’ Retirement System
Primary Sponsor - Franke Wilmer
Status
03/14 - Tabled in committee
01/31 - Hearing held
01/09 - Introduced; Referred to Joint Select Committee on Pensions


HB 269 - Assault on health care or emergency services provider
Creates an offense for assault on a health care provider or emergency responder
Primary Sponsor –Kathy Swanson
Status
02/07 - Tabled in committee
01/31 - Hearing held
01/21 – Introduced; Referred to (H) Judiciary Committee


HB 271 - Provide for collection of nurses workforce information
Requires collection of data related to nursing workforce.  This bill gives the Board of Nursing / DOL authority to periodically collect nursing workforce data.
Primary Sponsor – Margaret MacDonald
Status
02/11 - Tabled
02/01 - Hearing held
01/21- Introduced; referred to (H) Human Services


HB 365 – Provide epinephrine standards, options for emergency responders
This bill authorizes access to presription epinephrine by certain trained emergency responders (nurses and emergency medical technicians) and requires the board of medical examiners to adopt rules regarding a training curriculum.
Primary Sponsor: Tom Steenberg
Status:
04/24 - Died in Standing Committee
03/21 - Scheduled for hearing; bill not heared at sponsor's request
03/07 - referred to (S) Public Health, Welfare & Safety
02/27 - Passed in House; transmitted to Senate
02/20 - Hearing held; pass out of committee
02/02 - Introduced; referred to (H) Human Services


HB 400 - Revise law related to personal information privacy
This act creating the Montana personal data protection act; requiring consent for personal information to be collected; providing for security and access to personal information.
Primary Sponsor: Daniel Zolnikov
Status:
02/13 - Tabled
02/12 - Hearing held
02/07 - Introduced; fiscal note requested - referred to (H) Business & Labor


HB 416– Authorize data collection on certain health care workers
An act creating the Montana health care workforce data collection act; requires reporting of demographic information by physicians and PAs as a condition of licensure; and allows information to be shared with the Departmetn of Public Health and Human Services.
Primary Sponsor: Scott Reichner
Status:
02/16 - Failed in 2nd reading in House
02/15 - passed out of committee
02/14 -Hearing held
02/08 - Introduced; referred to (H) Business and Labor


HB 489 - An act to create the Montana health care database
An establishing the Montana Health Care Database; a board to oversee collection and analysis of health care information. the database would provide transparency regarding health care pricing and quality an dutilization of health care services as a means to promote competition among health plans and accountability for health care providers.
Primary Sponsor: Chuck Hunter
Status
04/15 - Hearing held; tabled in committee
03/26 - Referred to (S) Public Health, Safety & Welfare
03/22 - Passed House; transmitted to Senate
03/14 - Hearing held
03/07 - Passed 2nd reading as amended; referred to (H) Appropriations
02/21 - Passed out of committee
02/20 - Hearing held
02/15 - Introduced; referred to (H) Business and Labor


HB 572– Creating the Montana Right to Know Act
An act creating the Montana Right to Know Act requiring entities to account for discolsures of personal information.
Primary Sponsor: Bryce Bennett
Status
03/18 - Tabled in committee
03/12 - Hearing held
02/22 - Introduced; referred to (H) Business and Labor


HB 601– Establish a newborn pulse oximetry screening program
An act providing for pulse oximetry screenings for newborns.
Primary Sponsor: Douglas Coffin
Status
03/22 - Hearing held; tabled in committee
03/15 - Introduced; referred to (H) Human Services


HB 604– Create Select Committee on Medicaid Innovation, Reform, and Expansion
An act providing for a select committee on Medicaid innovation, reform, and expansion; requiring committee review of Medicaid-related legislative proposals
Primary Sponsor: Cary Smith
Status
05/06 - Died in Process
04/19 - Passed Senate as amended
04/12 - Hearing held; passed out of committee
04/02 - Referred to (S) Public Health, Welfare & Safety
03/28 - Passed House; transmitted to Senate
03/23 - Hearing held; passed out of committee as amended
03/16 - Introduced; referred to (H) Human Services


HJ 23– Interim study of electronic data disclosure
A joint resolution requesting that an approprite interim committee study personal privacy concerns related to elecgtronic disclosure of personal information and make recommendations for securing this personal information and the privacy rights of Montanans.
Primary Sponsor: Bryce Bennett
Status
04/11 - Hearing held; tabled in committee
03/27 - Referred to (H) Business and Labor


HJ 29– Interim study regarding human trafficking in Montana
A joint resolution requesting an interim study of human trafficking.
Primary Sponsor: Jenifer Gursky
Status
04/24 - Died in Standing Committee
04/19 - Passed House; transmitted to Senate; referred to (S) Business & Labor
04/16 - hearing held; pass out of committee
04/11 - Introduced; referred to (H) Judiciary


SB 54 – Require worker's compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters
An act requiring workers’ compensation coverage for volunteer firefighters and requiring counties to establish a fund to pay for volunteer firefighter workers’ compensation.  This bill also revises premium and benefit provisions for volunteer firefighters and certain EMTs; defining how EMTs can be covered under workmen’s compensation.
Primary Sponsor - Tom Facey
Status
04/24/ - Died in Process
02/25 - 2nd reading in Senate indefitely postponed
02/21 - 2nd reading in Senate; indefititely postponed
02/18 - Passed out of committee
01/21 - Hearing held
12/22 – Introduced; referred to (S) Local Government


SB 159 Revise traumatic brain injury contribution on vehicle registration to opt-out
A bill revising motor vehicle registration traumatic brain injury donations laws.  Allows an automatic donation of $1 towards traumatic brain injury unless the person opts out.  Defines the funding be used to educate and support recovery of individuals and families living with traumatic brain injuries, promotes brain injury prevention and supports the traumatic brain injury advisory council.
Primary Sponsor – Bradley Hamlett
Status:  
04/24 - Died in Process
02/05 - Failed in 2nd reading on Senate floor and is indefinately postponed - likely dead
01/31 - Passed out of committee
01/25 – Hearing held
01/17 – Introduced; referred to (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety


SB 166 Waive vehicle registration fees for disabled public safety officers/firefighters
A bill waving motor vehicle registration fees for certain disabled public safety officers and firefighters. 
Primary Sponsor – Dick Barrett
Status:
02.16 - Failed in Senate
02/13 - Passed out of committee
01/29 – Hearing held
01/18 – Introduced; referred to (S) Highways & Transportation


SB 186 Provide for a primary seat belt law
A bill providing for a primary seat belt law. 
Primary Sponsor – Bradley Hamlett
Status:  
02/01 - Tabled
01/31 - Hearing held
01/24 – Introduced; referred to (S) Judiciary


SB 220 Establish guidelines and immunities for physicians who provide end of life care
A act allowing a terminallhy ill patient to request medicaltion to end the patient's life; providing immunity for persons participating in good faith compliance with procedures
Primary Sponsor –Dick Barrett
Status: 
02/13 - Tabled
02/11 - Scheduled for hearing @ 10:00 am
01/30 – Introduced; referred to (S) Judiciary


SB 298– Consider adverse childhood experiences in state prevention efforts
Act act related to prevention and reduction of adverse childhood experiences (abuse, neglect, mental illness/depression, family assault; divorce); funding of pilot projects.
Primary Sponsor: Jonathan Windy Boy
Status
04/03 - Hearing held; tabled
03/07 - Referred to (H) Human Services
02/27 - Passed in Senate; transmitted in House
02/23 - Passed out of committee
02/20 - Hearing held
02/13 - Introduced; referred to (S) Public Health, Welfare & Safety


SB 390– Prohibit use of hand-held electronic devices while driving
Act act prohibiting the use or immediate physican possession of a hand-held electronic communications device while operating a motor vehicle.
Primary Sponsor: Christine Kaufmann
03/26 - Hearing held; tabled
03/15 - Introduced; referred to (S) Highways and Transportation


SB 395– Revise health care laws to expand Medicaid and improve health care delivery
Act act generally revising laws related to health care to expand Medicaid to certain individuals annd to improve the delivery of health care services in Montana; requiring review of the Montana Medicaid program and the health care delivery system; establishing workforce reporting requirements for certain health care professionals.
Primary Sponsor: David Wanzenried
04/24 - Died in Standing Committee
04/17 - Committee vote failed; remains in committee
04/06 - Transmitted to House; referred to (H) Human Services
04/04 - Passed Senate
04/02 - Committee report rejected; passed Senate in 2nd reading
03/27 - Hearing held; bill not passed
03/20 - Introduced; referred to (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety

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