Preparing for 2015 Legislative Session
By Senator Jennifer Fielder, R – Thompson Falls
Montana State Senate, District 7
Nov 18, 2014
Last week Montana legislators were called together at the State Capitol in Helena to begin preparations for the 2015 legislative session which will run pretty much full time from January through April. In addition to
orientation and lawmaker training, we were charged with selecting House and Senate leadership and determining who will serve on what committees.
Our Republican Senate caucus elected long time legislator and rancher Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, who, if confirmed by a majority of Senate democrats and republicans on opening day Jan 5, will be the first woman Senate President in Montanas history. Former U.S. Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale, R-Glendive was elected as our Senate Majority Leader. Sen Eric Moore,
R-Miles City was elected to serve as Senate President Pro-Tempore, which is essentially Vice President. All are very capable people who I believe will do a great job for our state.
House and Senate members also received appointments to legislative
committees. I will return to my posts on Senate Natural Resources and
Senate Fish and Wildlife, and I have been appointed to Vice Chair the
Senate Judiciary Committee. I served on all three of these committees last session and look forward to returning. A new assignment for me this session will be as Chair of Legislative Administration.
The Natural Resources committee will deal with issues like the CSKT Water Compact, environmental permitting, water rights, and public lands among other things. On Fish and Wildlife we will deal with the Departments requested hunting and fishing license fee increases, and other issues
pertaining to fish and wildlife management in Montana. The Judiciary
committee is one of the most difficult committees to serve on as it
encompasses a wide variety of tough topics including life, death, crime, prisons, courts, drugs, alcohol, child abuse, abortion, assisted suicide, privacy issues, and gun rights to name a few.
Although the 2015 legislature will likely debate two thousand to three
thousand bills (law changes) in 2015, I expect the hottest debates of the session to revolve around healthcare, the CSKT water compact, education, and public lands. I will do my best to inject common sense into the
discussions and keep you posted as the debates around these issues take shape.
As always I will strive to protect your God given rights vouched safe under the U.S. & Montana Constitutions, eliminate unnecessary taxes, regulations and bureaucracy, foster a vibrant economy, restore good job opportunities to rural Montana, promote improved access, health, and productivity on
public lands, defend lawful hunting, fishing, trapping and gun rights, and maintain safe food, water and air for present & future generations.
The very best way to keep up to date is to check my almost daily posts on line at www.jenniferfielder.us or join me on facebook.
All my best to you and yours for a bountiful harvest and blessed
Senator Jennifer Fielder
Montana State Senate – District 7