January 30, 2019 | View PDF
Greetings from Helena.
The bills are starting to pick up and make their way through the committees. So we are seeing more and more bills on the floor. A lot of the bills have been clean up bills and nothing very controversial. But there are some good bills coming, some controversial bills coming and some real wild bills coming.
A couple of the wild bills that would concern our area are LC1830 and LC1831 which would outlaw competitive hunts for predatory animals (coyotes and fox) and make it illegal to hit a predatory animal with a vehicle. One bill that we killed this week in Judiciary Committee was SB95. This bill would have made it so that if someone thought there could be domestic violence in the home, law enforcement could come take the guns away without due process. Some of the good bills concern parental and personal rights regarding immunizations.
I am going to present two bills in the Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Committee this week. SB73 is an agency bill that makes it easier for commodity buyers to bond. SB137 allows agriculture producers to pay for fuel by any means and still qualify for the gas tax refund.
On Wednesday there were a handful of people outside the Capitol protesting Global Warming during a snow storm. It seemed fitting. Then on Thursday I joined with a good crowd that came from around the state to support School Choice. Some of the speakers included former US Attorney and Representative Bill Mercer, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, President of Montana Family Foundation Jeff Laszloffy, representatives from Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte and nationally known speaker, Leslie Hiner, VP of EdChoice.
I visited with a few folks from back home. If you come to the Capitol be sure and look me up.
I look forward to hearing from you regarding your questions or concerns. You can contact me by phone 406-989-1372, by e-mail [email protected], or by regular mail Senator Hinebauch, Capitol Building, PO Box 200500, Helena, MT 59620-0500