Jeffrey Welborn is a Montana state senator. He has held that office since 2017. Prior to that, Welborn served in the Montana House since 2008. Welborn supports the Trump administration’s review of national monuments. He supports the transfer of federal public land to states. Welborn voted to support Obama-era sage grouse conservation plans. In the Montana State Senate, Welborn sponsored a bill that would make it easier to lease state lands for oil and gas extraction.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Jeffrey Welborn supports the Trump administration’s review of national monuments.
Welborn wrote an op-ed in support of the Trump administration’s monument review. He wrote, “I support Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s revisiting the national monuments to evaluate whether the monuments are truly meeting the requirements set forth in the Antiquities Act. … our policy-makers should focus on what is realistic. I prefer a local control solution, where local stakeholders, public officials and landowners are given deference in the management plan for national monuments, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks.” [Montana Standard, 07/26/17]
Jeffrey Welbon voted against a resolution opposing the transfer of federal public lands to states.
Welborn voted against an anti-land transfer resolution. Welborn voted against a resolution in the state legislature that would “have reaffirmed the State of Montana’s opposition to taking over, selling off, or litigating for control of federal public lands in Montana. [Helena Independent Record, 3/6/2015; Montana Conservation Voters Scorecard, 2015]
Jeffrey Welborn voted for a bipartisan plan to implement an Obama-era sage grouse conservation plan.
Jeffrey Welborn voted for the bipartisan Sage Grouse Stewardship Act. According to the Montana Audubon Society, the bill, SB 261, created the “Sage Grouse Oversight Team to implement Governor Bullock’s Sage Grouse Management Plan. The bill provides a framework to enable Montana to conserve our sage grouse populations and enact voluntary conservation measures on private and public lands. Conservation groups such as Montana Audubon, working with the oil and gas industry, helped craft this Montana-made solution to protect the sage grouse population.” Welborn voted for the bill. [Montana Conservation Voters Scorecard, 2015]
Jeffrey Welborn sponsored a bill that would make it easier to lease state lands for oil and gas extraction.
Jeffrey Welborn sponsored a bill that would make it easier to lease state lands for oil and gas extraction. SB 24 would make it easier to lease state lands by allowing the monetary value of the land to be “estimate[d]” “by analyzing comparable land valuations conducted within 2 years of the lease commencement date.” It would also allow strike the current part of Montana law that requires the “option to lease” not to exceed “a term of 2 years.” [Montana State Legislature, accessed 11/21/18]