The Environmental Quality Council’s July meeting looks toward the 2017 legislative session with agenda items on state agency legislative proposals and the impact of decreased natural resource revenues on agency budgets.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m. July 20 in room 317 of the Capitol. A full agenda and meeting materials are available on the EQC website at http://leg.mt.gov/eqc.
The council will hear the next two installments in a series of agency program evaluations. The Real Estate Management Bureau administers leases and sales of state land for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Also on the agenda are programs administered under the Major Facility Siting Act and the Metal Mine Reclamation Act within the Department of Environmental Quality. Members of the public may submit comments in advance or attend the meeting.
The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently finished its ’15 and Forward planning process and will present its vision for the agency’s next 10 years.
FWP will also provide an update on a land administration issue at West Shore State Park, part of which was purchased with hunting and fishing license dollars. The agency says the parcel in question is no longer used for fish and wildlife purposes and must be replaced with property of equal value. An intra-agency exchange may help alleviate the problem, but because Flathead Lake property is so expensive, some money might also be needed for full compensation. FWP expects to provide the results of a recent property valuation.
DNRC and the Private Land/Public Wildlife Council administered by FWP will present their legislative proposals to the EQC, which will decide whether to authorize them for drafting in advance of the 2017 session. The council will also receive updates on the cleanup of petroleum tank release sites, the first round of sage grouse conservation grant approvals, and the fire season.
The council will also fine-tune the federal roads report required by House Joint Resolution No. 13.
For more information on committee activities and the next meeting visit the council's website or contact Joe Kolman, committee staff at 444-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representatives assigned to the EQC are Jerry Bennett, R-Libby (Vice Chair); Willis Curdy-D-Missoula; Janet Ellis, D-Helena; Ed Lieser, D-Whitefish; and White. Senate members are John Brenden, R-Scobey (Chair); Jim Keane, D-Butte; Mike Phillips, D-Bozeman; Rick Ripley, R-Wolf Creek; Carey Smith, R-Billings; and Gene Vuckovich, D-Anaconda. The EQC has four public members including Scott Aspenlieder, Billings; Brooke Erb, Dillon; Bert Lindler, Missoula; and Roy Morris, Butte. Tim Baker, a representative of the governor, is a non-voting member.