One of many legislative committees that meet during the period between legislative sessions is meeting June 10 to discuss its work plan for the next 16 months regarding agencies dealing with workers and industry ranging from Main Street to farm and ranch.
The first meeting of the 8-member Economic Affairs Interim Committee will be at the State Capitol starting at 10 a.m. on June 10 in room 102.
An agenda and meeting materials are posted on the committee website, http://leg.mt.gov/eaic. Among the action items for this meeting are determining how much time to devote to two studies and to monitoring agencies that include: the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Department of Livestock, the State Auditor's Office, Montana State Fund, and the state's Division of Banking and Financial Institutions.
The two studies assigned to the committee are:
- an examination required under Senate Bill No. 390 of how the Department of Labor and Industry determines its charges for the operational activities of professional and occupational licensing boards; and
- an analysis and review requested under House Joint Resolution No. 29 of how membership-based health care services, including air ambulances, affect the financial health of consumers and insurers and impact medical facilities and providers. The study also will look at regulation and enforcement aspects.
Committee members are: Senators Tom Facey, D-Missoula, Rick Ripley, R-Wolf Creek, Gordon Vance, R-Bozeman, and Lea Whitford, D-Cut Bank, and Representatives Mike Lang, R-Malta, Ryan Lynch, D-Butte, Nate McConnell, D-Missoula, and Vince Ricci, R-Laurel. For more information on the committee visit the legislative website at http://leg.mt.gov/eaic.