Montana

HB 243 – Prohibit outfitting on state lands inaccessible to the public

Sponsored by: Rep. Tom Jacobson
A Montana bill to "require landowners to allow anyone access through their land in order to reach nearby public lands."

Short Summary

This bill would require landowners to allow anyone access through their land in order to reach otherwise inaccessible state public lands and prohibit lessees from outfitting on public lands that aren’t legally accessible. [Seeley Swan Pathfinder, 02/02/17]

General Description

“An act regulating the use of certain state trust land for hunting, fishing, and trapping; prohibiting an outfitter from hunting, fishing, or trapping on state trust land not legally accessible; prohibiting a lessee from allowing access by an outfitter to trust land not legally accessible; providing penalties.” [Montana State Legislature, accessed 11/21/18]

Bill Sponsor(s)

Rep. Tom Jacobson

Detailed Bill Summary 

A bill to “require landowners to allow anyone access through their land in order to reach nearby public lands.” Additionally, under the bill “outfitting would be allowed on all of the landowner’s private property, but unless there is legal public access to the state land those parcels would have to be excluded from any outfitter’s lease.” [Seeley Swan Pathfinder, 02/02/17] and [Helena Independent Record, 01/26/17]

Current Status

This bill was tabled in committee. [Montana State Legislature, accessed 11/21/18]

Relevant Comments by Public Officials, Public Lands Groups, or Special Interest Groups in Montana

United Property Owners of Montana opposed this bill. [United Property Owners of Montana, accessed 11/21/18]

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