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DIRECTORY OF INTERIM COMMITTEES 

1977-1979 INTERIM 



MONTANA LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 

Room 138, State Capitol 

Helena, Montana 59601 

(406) 449-3064 



MONTANA STATE LIBRARY 



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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 



Sen. Carroll A. Graham 

Chairman 
Sen. Frank Hazelbaker 

Vice Chairman 
Sen. Chat Blaylock 
Sen. Pat Goodover 



Rep. John Driscoll 

Rep. Oscar Kvaalen 

Rep. J. D. Lynch 

Rep. Robert Marks 



PRIORITIES COMMITTEE 



Sen. Terry Murphy 

Chairman 

Sen. Frank W. Hazelbaker 

Sen. Joe Roberts 

Sen. Stan Stephens 

Sen. Cornie Thiessen 

Sen. Jean A. Turnage 



Rep. Dorothy Bradley 

Rep. Joe Brand 

Rep. John Driscoll 

Rep. Harrison Fagg 

Rep. Oscar Kvaalen 

Rep. Robert Marks 

Rep. Peter M. Meloy 

Rep. Jack Moore 



LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL STAFF 

Rose E. Weber, 

Executive Director 

Eleanor Eck, 

Administrative Assistant 

Roberta Moody , 

Director, Legislative Services 

Diana Dowling, 

Director of Legal Services; 
Code Commissioner 



Robert Person, 

Director of Research 



Legal Services Division: 
Dave Cogley 
Joan Mayer 
John Bobinski 
John Hollow 
Bob Pyfer 
Larry Weinberg 



Research Division: 

Teresa Olcott Cohea 

Dick Hargesheimer 

Debbie Schmidt 

Dennis Taylor 

Raelen Williard, Librarian 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Page 

Introduction 1 

Interim Subconunittees: 

Water Rights 3 

Human Services 5 

Subdivision Laws 7 

State Legal Services and Election Laws 9 

Local Government Laws 11 

Education 13 

Legislative Improvement 15 

Statutory Committees Receiving Council Staff Assistance: 

Administrative Code Committee 19 

Coal Tax Oversight Committee 21 

Capitol Building and Planning Committee 2 3 

Revenue Oversight Committee 25 

Montana Salary Commission 27 

Other Permanent Groups: 

Environmental Quality Council 33 

Legislative Audit Committee 35 

Legislative Consumer Committee 37 

Legislative Finance Committee 39 

Other Interim Committees: 

Energy Policy Committee 41 

Legal Jurisdiction Oversight Committee 41 

Constitutional Convention Proceedings 

Publication Committee 43 

Western States Forestry Task Force 43 



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INTRODUCTION 

The Montana Legislative Council publishes the Directory of Interim 
Committees as a summary reference to the study assignments, interim 
committee memberships, and staff of interim legislative committees. 

The Committee on Priorities considers requests for interim studies 
based on resolutions adopted by the legislature. At the end of the 
1977 session, the Committee on Priorities assigned studies to seven 
interim committees, most of which are formed of members appointed 
from several standing committees in each house. All interim com- 
mittees are bipartisan and are equally composed of senators and 
representatives. A chairman is elected by the members of the com- 
mittee. 

Each committee makes its own study and final recommendations for 
presentation to the next legislature. Approval of recommendations 
by the Legislative Council or a full standing committee is not 
required. 

Staff assistance for interim studies is provided by the Legislative 
Council . 

In addition to the interim committees, other committees that are 
established by statute continue to operate during the interim. 
In the following pages are listed all committees that have been 
established to operate during the 1977-79 interim. 



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SUBCOMMITTEE ON 
WATER RIGHTS 



Study Resolution: 
HJR 81; HJR 2 3 



The subcommittee on water rights has been established to study 
the methods for and progress in the determination of existing 
water rights in Montana; to study the methods for determination 
of existing water rights of other Western states; and to study 
the feasibility of establishing a preference system of water 
rights in Montana. 



Subcommittee Membership ; 

Rep. John Scully, 

Chairman 
Rep. William Day 
Rep. Jack Ramirez 
Rep. Audrey Roth 



Sen. Jack Gait, 

Vice-chairman 
Sen. Russell Bergren 
Sen. Paul Boy Ian 
Sen. Jean Turnage 



Staff: 

Robert B. Person 



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SUBCOMMITTEE ON 
HUMAN SERVICES 



Study Resolutions: 

HJR 88; HJR 95; SJR 46 



This subcommittee has been assigned to study the delivery of 
human services in Montana state government and to design, where 
possible, an integrated system for the delivery of human services 
at the state and regional level. The subcommittee was also 
assigned to consider combining certain advocacy and appeal agen- 
cies and placing them in a separate department. The subcommittee 
will also study the feasibility of extending certificate of need 
requirements to new or expanded mental health facilities. 



Subcommittee Membership: 

Sen. Robert J. Brown 

Sen. Harold C. Nelson 

Sen. A. T. Rasmussen 

Sen. Bill Thomas 

Sen. Thomas E. Towe 



Rep. Joe Brand 

Rep. Howard L. Ellis 

Rep. Rex Manuel 

Rep. William Menahan 

Rep. Darryl Meyer 



Staff: 

Richard S. Hargesheimer 



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SUBCOMMITTEE ON 
SUBDIVISION LAWS 



Study Resolution: 
SJR 4 3 



The subcommittee on subdivision laws is assigned to study all 
of Montana's laws relating to subdivisions for the purpose of 
generally clarifying, updating, supplementing, and revising 
those laws. 



Subcommittee Membership; 

Sen. Harold Dover 

Sen. Elmer Flynn 

Sen. William Murray 

Sen. Joe Roberts 



Rep. Thomas R. Conroy 

Rep. Burt Hurwitz 

Rep. Earl C. Lory 

Rep. Arthur H. Shelden 



Staff: 

Deborah B. Schmidt 



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SUBCOMMITTEE ON 
STATE LEGAL SERVICES AND ELECTION LAWS 



Study Resolutions; 
HJR 14; HJR 59 



This subcommittee has been assigned two distinct studies. The 
first assignment is a study of all laws pertaining to elections 
in the state of Montana and preparation of a revised election 
code to guarantee uniform control over elections in the state. 
The second assignment asks for an assessment of the status of 
lawyers and legal services in and for state government. The 
subcommittee is to develop recommendations for coordinated 
and economical legal services. 



Subcommittee Membership: 

Sen. Everett R. Lensink 

Sen. William Murray 

Sen. Ann K. Regan 

Sen. Margaret S. Warden 



Rep. Jim Courtney 

Rep. Ralph Eudaily 

Rep. John P. Scully 

Rep. Carl A. Seifert 



Staff: 

Dennis M. Taylor 



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SUBCOMMITTEE ON 
LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAWS 



Study Resolution: 
SJR 39 



This subcommittee has been assigned to study the proposals 
advanced in HB 122 and submit recommendations for considera- 
tion of the 46th Legislature. 



Subcommittee Membership: 

Sen. Chet Blaylock 

Sen. Robert J. Brown 

Sen. George McCallum 

Sen. Peter R. Story 

Sen. Bill Thomas 

Sen. Robert D. Watt 



Rep. Verner L. Bertelsen 

Rep. Paul K. Kropp 

Rep. Helen G. O'Connell 

Rep. Hershel M. Robbins 

Rep . Audrey Roth 

Rep. Steve Waldron 



Staff: 

Dennis M. Taylor 



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SUBCOMMITTEE ON 
EDUCATION 



Study Resolutions: 

SJR 11; HJR 18; HJR 100 



Three studies were assigned to the Subcommittee on Education. 
The first study requested by SJR 11 calls for a study of laws 
relating to community college districts in order to clarify, 
update, supplement, and revise those laws and to form an ade- 
quately comprehensive body of law dealing with community college 
districts. The second study is outlined in HJR 18. That reso- 
lution asks for a study of the collection, preservation, and 
dissemination of Montana's historical and cultural heritage, 
investigate alternative methods of financing and coordinating 
an archival system for the state, the development of archeo- 
logical sites, matters related to the Historical Society, and 
other related topics. The third assignment is a study of the 
governance of Montana's vocational education programs in ele- 
mentary schools, high schools, postsecondary vocational centers, 
and colleges. As requested by HJR 100, the subcommittee is to 
recommend changes that will promote efficiency and effectiveness 
and determine the roles to be played by the various governing 
entities . 



Subcommittee Membership; 

Sen. Chet Blaylock 

Sen. Larry Fasbender 

Sen. William Mathers 

Sen. George McCalliam 



Rep. Fred Barrett 

Rep. Ann Mary Dussault 

Rep. Peter Gilligan 

Rep. Darryl Meyer 



Staff: 

Robert B. Person 



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SUBCOMMITTEE ON 
LEGISLATIVE IMPROVEMENT 



Study Resolution: 

SJR 45 



This subcommittee is to review the means by which other legis- 
latures attempt to control the nxamber of bills introduced in 
the session. The subcommittee will also review the manner in 
which the Committee on Priorities assigns interim studies. 



Subcommittee Membership; 

Sen. Carroll Graham 

Sen. Allen Kolstad 

Sen. William Norman 

Sen. Stan Stephens 



Rep. Dorothy Bradley 

Rep. Bob Marks 

Rep. Mike Meloy 

Rep. Jack Moore 



Staff: 

Rosie Weber 



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STATUTORY COMMITTEES 
RECEIVING COUNCIL STAFF ASSISTANCE 



The conunittees listed in this section were created and assigned 

duties by specific statutes rather than by the interim committee 

process. The Legislative Council provides staff assistance 
upon request. 



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ADMINISTRATIVE CODE COMMITTEE 



Established by Chapter 410, Lav/s of Montana, 1975, as a permanent 
joint committee, the Administrative Code Committee is to review 
new rules and amendments to rules proposed under the Administra- 
tive Procedure Act. 



Committee Membership; 



Sen. Jean A. Turnage 

Chairman 
Sen. John W. Devine 
Sen. Elmer Flynn 
Sen. William E. Murray 



Rep. Fred Barrett 

Rep. Hal Harper 

Rep. Jack Ramirez 

Rep. Joe Tropila 



Staff: 



Legal Services Division 



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COAL TAX OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE 



Established by section 15, Chapter 502, Laws of Montana, 1975, 
and funded from the portion of coal taxes allocated to local im- 
pact grants, the Coal Tax Oversight Committee is to review 
expenditures of coal revenues authorized for new programs, to 
monitor implementation of such programs, and to make recommenda- 
tions to the administering agencies and the Legislature. 



Committee Membership; 



Sen. Dave Manning 

Chairman 
Sen, George Roskie 
Sen. William Mathers 
Sen. Thomas E. Towe 



Rep. E. N. Dassinger 

Rep. Ed Lien 

Rep. Warren O'Keefe 

Rep. Elmer Severson 



Staff: 

Teresa Olcott Cohea 



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CAPITOL BUILDING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE 



The Capitol Building and Planning Committee operates under the 
authority of section 78-1301, R.C.M. 1947. Its functions are 
to establish a master plan for the orderly development of future 
state buildings in the State Capitol area. The committee pre- 
pares a written report for the Legislature under the general 
supervision of the Legislative Council. 



Committee Membership: 

Sen. William R. Lowe, 

Chairman 
Sen. Margaret S. Warden 



Rep. Edith Cox 
Rep. Russell Baeth 



Secretary of State, Frank Murray 
Director of Administration, Jack Grosser 
Director, Lewis and Clark APO , Denis Vogt 



Staff: 

Robert B. Person 



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REVENUE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE 

The Revenue Oversight Committee was established by Chapter 458 
Laws of 1977, as a joint committee of the Legislature active 
until adjournment of the 46th Legislature. The committee is 
to make interim studies of the statewide reappraisal of real 
property and its property tax consequences, the taxation of 
financial institutions by methods that may replace the bank 
shares tax, and the appropriate level of taxation of the gross 
proceeds of metal mines. The committee is also charged with 
continuing legislative oversight of the Department of Revenue. 
The Department of Revenue will work closely with the committee 
to provide technical assistance. 



Committee Membership: 



Sen. 


Larry Fasbender 


Sen. 


Pat Goodover 


Sen. 


William Mathers 


Sen. 


Thomas E. Towe 


Sen. 


Jean Turnage 


Sen. 


Robert Watt 


Staff: 





Rep. W. Jay Fabrega 

Rep. Harrison Fagg 

Rep. Herb Huennekens 

Rep. Robert Sivertsen 

Rep. John Vincent 

Rep. J. Melvin Williams 



Teresa Olcott Cohea 
Department of Revenue Liaison; 



Charles Gillespie 



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MONTANA SALARY COMMISSION 



The Salary Commission comprises eight members appointed by the 
Governor, legislative leaders and the Supreme Court. Creation 
of such a commission is required by Article XIII, Section 3 of 
the 1972 Montana Constitution, which states that the commission 
is to "recommend compensation for the judiciary and the elected 
members of the legislative and executive branches." 



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MONTANA SALARY COMMISSION 



Name 

Arnold Berger 

301 Park Hill Drive 

Billings, Montana 59101 

Mrs. Yvonne Bradford 
820 Gerald Avenue 
Missoula, Montana 59801 

Milton Datsapoulos 
207 Pattee Creek Drive 
Missoula, Montana 59801 

Robert F. Dye 

405 West Cleveland 

Bozeman, Montana 59715 

Deborah L. Hanson 

719 North Center 

Miles City, Montana 59301 

Elinor Jean LeBar 
801 Rimrock Road 
Billings, Montana 59102 

Arnold Rieder 

508 Graham 

Helena, Montana 59601 

Carl Rostad 

Martinsdale, Montana 59053 



Appointed 
By 

Chief Justice 



Governor 



Chief Justice 



House Minority Leader 



Speaker of the House 



Governor 



Senate Majority Leader 



Senate Minority Leader 



Term 
Expires 

3/1/79 



3/1/79 



3/1/79 



3/1/81 



3/1/81 



3/1/81 



3/1/81 



3/1/79 



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OTHER PERMANENT GROUPS 



Several other commissions, councils, and committees related to 
the legislature meet during the interim. These groups are in all 
respects independent of the Legislative Council but among their 
membership are legislators or persons appointed by legislative 
leaders. Because of this, these groups are included here for 
your information. 



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ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COUNCIL 



The Environmental Quality Council was created in 1971 as the 
agency to supervise enforcement of the Montana Environmental 
Policy Act. The Council consists of four senators, four state 
representatives, four representatives of the public and a repre- 
sentative of the Governor's office. The Council hires its own 
staff. 



Council Membership; 



Sen. Terry Murphy 

Chairman 
Sen. Joe Roberts 
Sen. George Roskie 
Sen. Frank Dunkle 



Rep. Dennis Nathe 

Vice Chairman 
Rep. Mike Meloy 
Rep. Arthur Shelden 
Rep. Verner Bertelsen 



Charles Doheny 
G. W. "Por" Deschamps 
William M. Spilker 
Richard D. Klinger 

Governor's Representative: Lt. Governor Ted Schwinden 



Director: 

Richard Bourke (Acting Director) 
1228 Eleventh Avenue 
Helena, Montana 59601 

Telephone: (406) 449-3742 



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LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMITTEE 



The eight-member, bipartisan Legislative Audit Committee super- 
vises the work of the Legislative Auditor's office, which was 
created in 1967. The office is charged with auditing the finan- 
cial affairs and transactions of every state agency once a 
biennium. 



Committee Membership; 



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Rep. Harold Gerke 

Chairman 
Rep. Robert Ellerd 
Rep. Howard Ellis 
Rep. John Scully 



Legislative Auditor: 



Sen. Matt Himsl 

Vice Chairman 
Sen. Greg Jergeson 
Sen. Lloyd Lockrem 
Sen. Cornie Thiessen 



Morris L. Brusett 

Room 135, State Capitol 

Helena, Montana 59601 

Telephone: (406) 449-3122 



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LEGISLATIVE CONSUMER COMMITTEE 

The four-member Legislative Consumer Committee was created in 
1973 to work with the Consumer Counsel, a position mandated by 
the 1972 Constitution to represent consumers in Public Service 
Commission hearings. 

Committee Membership: 

Sen. Allen Kolstad Rep. Earl Lory 

Sen. Thomas E. Towe Rep. Joe Quilici 

Consumer Counsel: 

Geoffrey L. Brazier 
330 Fuller Avenue 
Helena, Montana 59601 

Telephone: (406) 449-2771 



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LEGISLATIVE FINANCE COMMITTEE 



Sections 4 3-1109 through 4 3-1119 create the twelve-member 
Legislative Finance Committee to advise and consult with the 
Legislative Fiscal Analyst. The Legislative Fiscal Analyst is 
to accumulate, compile, analyze and furnish information on the 
financial matters of the state, estimate revenue from existing 
and proposed taxes, analyze the executive budget, report to 
the legislature and the committee, and assist committees and 
legislators . 



Committee Membership; 



Sen. William Mathers 

Chairman 

Sen. Larry Fasbender 

Sen. Bill Norman 

Sen. Pat Regan 

Sen. Ed Smith 

Sen. Stan Stephens 



Rep. Francis Bardanouve 

Vice Chairman 

Rep. Ann Mary Dussault 

Rep. Burt Hurwitz 

Rep Art Lund 

Rep. Jack Moore 

Rep. Carroll South 



Legislative Fiscal Analyst: 

John D. LaFaver 

Room 130, State Capitol 

Helena, Montana 59601 

Telephone: (406) 449-2986 



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OTHER INTERIM COMMITTEES 
ENERGY POLICY COMMITTEE 



The Energy Policy Committee was established by Chapter 577, 
Laws of 1977, to advise the Governor in developing provisions 
for the allocation, conservation, and consumption of energy 
during conditions of an energy supply alert or energy emergency 
The President of the Senate, majority leader of the opposite 
party in the Senate, and the Speaker and minority leader in 
the House are ex officio members of the committee. These 
members each appoint an alternate to attend meetings when the 
member cannot. 



Committee Membership: 

Sen. Cornie Thiessen (Alternate: Sen. Terry Murphy) 

Sen. Jean Turnage (Alternate: Sen. Harold Dover) 

Rep. John Driscoll (Alternate: Rep. Mike Meloy) 

Rep. Robert L. Marks (Alternate: Rep. Oscar Kvaalen) 



LEGAL JURISDICTION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE 



The Legal Jurisdiction Oversight Committee was established 
by HB 145 to oversee the legal jurisdiction project in the 
Governor's office and also hold a hearing on each Indian Re- 
servation, suggest alternative solutions, identify common 
bonds between Indians and non-Indians, and propose legislation 
for the next session. 



Committee Membership: 

(No appointments at time of publication) 



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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION PROCEEDINGS 
PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



This committee was established by HB 160 to guide the publica- 
tion of the proceedings of the 1972 Constitutional Convention. 
The committee is composed of one Senator, one Representative, 
and one former delegate to the convention. 



Committee Membership: 

Sen. Margaret Warden Rep. JoEllen Estenson 

Mae Nan Ellingson 

WESTERN STATES FORESTRY TASK FORCE 



This committee meets with like committees to study problems 
related to the forest products industry in the West. 



Committee Membership: 

Sen. Robert Brown 
Sen. John Manley 



Rep. Dorothy Bradley 
Rep. Joe Kanduch, Sr. 



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