The State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee (SAVA) is meeting Oct. 29 in Room 137 of the Capitol beginning at 8:00 a.m. to continue its examination of veterans' services, accessibility for disabled electors, sports wagering implementation, and public pensions. The committee will also receiving an informational briefing on the Montana Heritage Center project. The agenda and available meeting materials have been posted to the committee's meeting information webpage. Additional materials will be posted as they become available.
During the morning session, the committee will examine the roles, responsibilities, and caseloads of state and county veteran service officers (VSOs). A panel of experts will guide the committee through the process and requirements for VSO training, accreditation, and certification.
The afternoon will feature a panel on accessibility for disabled electors. Speakers will discuss training for election administrators and election judges on accommodations to be made for electors with disabilities.
Sports wagering implementation
Implementation of HB 725 (2019), which legalized sports wagering in Montana, is also featured on the afternoon agenda. The legal counsel for the State Lottery and Sports Wagering Commission will brief the committee about the agency's contract with Intralot to provide the required operating system and related services. The agency did not issue a new RFP allowing other vendors to compete for the contract, and the committee received correspondence reflecting competing perspectives about this process. The committee is also responsible for reviewing the administrative rules proposed by the agency to implement the new sports wagering law. Staff's rule review memo concerning these rules has also been posted to the meeting materials page. This rule review memo will be presented to the committee at the meeting. Public comment and potential committee action is noted on the agenda.
The meeting will wrap up with briefings on the results of the FY 2018 actuarial valuations of the public employee pension systems. These annual valuations provide a snap shot on the fiscal health of the systems, which helps legislators determine whether legislation may be needed to modify statutory benefits or contribution rates.
Public comment on all topics listed on the agenda as well as on any topic under the committee's jurisdiction is invited as scheduled on the agenda.
The meeting will be live streamed at www.leg.mt.gov and broadcast on the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN). For more information, please contact Sheri Scurr, committee staff.