FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Provided by Sheri Scurr, Legislative Services Division, 406-444-3596
Aug. 17, 2015
Legislative committee to examine proposed campaign finance rules and set priorities for study of personal information ownership
HELENA - The State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs Interim Committee (SAVA) will be conducting its first meeting of the interim beginning at 9 a.m., Wed., Aug. 19, in Room 137 of the Capitol.
A key agenda item for the meeting will be review of administrative rules proposed by the Office of Commissioner of Political Practices to implement campaign finance reform legislation enacted by the 2015 Legislature, especially Senate Bill 289. Among other things, SB 289, sponsored by Rep. Duane Ankney (R-Colstrip), sought to shed light on what has been termed “dark money” by revising what expenditures and contributions must be reported, when they must be reported, and who is subject to these reporting requirements. The administrative rules will be presented and discussed at about 3:45 p.m.
Also during the meeting, SAVA will set its priorities for the interim, especially with respect to a study requested in House Joint Resolution 21 on the ownership of personal information.
The meeting is open to the public and public comment is welcomed at the times shown on the agenda. The full agenda and materials for the meeting are available on the committee’s website: www.leg.mt.gov/sava.
SAVA is a joint bipartisan legislative committee that meets between legislative sessions. The committee's activities encompass administrative rule review, program monitoring, and authorization for drafting assigned agency legislative proposals. The committee's assigned agencies include the:
Department of Administration;
Public Employees' Retirement Board;
Teachers' Retirement Board;
State Lottery Commission;
Department of Military Affairs;
Board of Veterans' Affairs;
Secretary of State's Office; and
Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices.
An overview of each of these agencies will also be presented at the meeting.