EQC seeks comments on draft reports, bills

2014-07-15T18:28:00Z 2014-07-18T15:32:04Z EQC seeks comments on draft reports, bills The Billings Gazette
July 15, 2014 6:28 pm

The Environmental Quality Council earlier this month approved draft reports and draft bills on proposed legislation dealing with hunting and fishing license fees, the administration of historic properties in Virginia and Nevada cities, and federal land management and is now seeking public comment on the measures.

The comment period ends on Aug. 16. Comments will be reviewed and discussed at the September meeting of the EQC before final decisions are made.

The reports include: HB 609 - Study of Hunting and Fishing Licensing. The advisory council proposed a slate of recommendations for simplifying and streamlining Montana's hunting and fishing licenses, as well as generating additional revenue for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The EQC approved drafting of that slate with two changes for public comment. Email your comments to hstockwell@mt.gov. Please include "HB 609 Licensing Study" in the subject line.

SJR 4 - Reviewing Management of State-owned Properties at Virginia City, Nevada City, and Reeder's Alley. The report includes legislation proposed to assist in the effective operation of the Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission and to focus the commission's efforts on preserving and maintaining properties previously acquired by the state. Email comments to lekurtz@mt.gov. Include “SJ 4 Study” in the subject line.

SJR 15 - Evaluating Federal Land Management in Montana. The report does not include any legislation to be proposed by the EQC, but has a number of findings and recommendations mostly related to state and local involvement in the management of federal lands. Email comments to jkolman@mt.gov. Include “SJ 15 Federal Land Study” in the subject line.

All of these proposed bill drafts and two draft study reports are available for review on the EQC's website at www.leg.mt.gov/eqc. Click on the link to "comment on draft report and proposed legislation". Comments may be sent to the EQC at PO Box 201704, Helena, MT 59620-1704.

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