Montana

HB 651 – Revise laws related to public access projects

Sponsored by: Rep. Matt Regier
A Montana bill to create the position of a "public lands access advocate" who would be "appointed and directed by the board of land commissioners" and to use Habitat Montana funds to pay the public lands access advocate.

Short Summary

This bill would create the position of a “public lands access advocate” who would be “appointed and directed by the board of land commissioners.” The bill would “allow the use of Habitat Montana funds, which is acquired through a fee hunters pay, to hire” the public lands access advocate. The public lands access advocate would be “dedicated to increasing public access opportunities on and to public land.” [Billings Gazette, 03/25/17]

General Description

“A bill for an act entitled: ‘An act revising laws related to public access projects; creating a public lands access advocate; providing duties; revising use of wildlife habitat funding; providing an appropriation; amending sections 77-1-202 and 87-1-242, MCA; and providing an effective date.” [Montana State Legislature, accessed 11/21/18]

Bill Sponsor(s)

Rep. Matt Regier

Detailed Bill Summary 

This bill would create the position of a “public lands access advocate” who would be “appointed and directed by the board of land commissioners.” The bill would “allow the use of Habitat Montana funds, which is acquired through a fee hunters pay, to hire” the public lands access advocate. The public lands access advocate would be “dedicated to increasing public access opportunities on and to public land.” [Billings Gazette, 03/25/17]

Current Status

This bill died without passing. [Montana State Legislature, accessed 11/21/18]

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