Happy New Year! 2015 begins with both the Montana Legislature and the US Congress beginning their new sessions, with a significant difference – Republicans have the majorities both of houses of both legislative bodies. And, Democrats lead both administrations. This will make for continued interesting times.
In the Congress, we welcome two new Montana members, Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke, although Senator Daines is coming over from the US House. Along with Senator Jon Tester, we expect our Montana members will be “keeping in touch” with the folks back Home.
The Montana Legislature begins its 90 day biennial session on January 6, 2015 and the budget, as usual, will be the major focus. Governor Bullock has laid out an ambitious broad ranged program, while the Republican leadership has expressed their wish to keep government programs, spending and taxes in check. Montana legislators are accessible during their time in Helena. The Legislature’s website, www.leg.mt.gov, has a variety of tips on to effectively contact your legislator. As the session picks up steam, MBA will be providing updates on bills that we are following and will be asking you to contact your Senator or Representative to let them know how bank related legislation will impact your bank's ability to serve your community. Stay tuned!
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