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How You Can Help with SB 147

Senate Bill 147 (more information) was heard in the House Local Government Committee on Thursday, March 14th.  Farmers, ranchers, and ag allies from around the state rallied to Helena to ask legislators to vote NO on SB 147.  Executive action is expected to take place on Thursday, March 21st.  That means there's still time to take action!

Please call the committee members in your area 
 
or write a letter to the editor.

Click here to send a message to a specific legislator or to the entire committee.

Ask them to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 147! 

House Local Government Committee:

Liz Bangerter (R - Helena, HD 80)
Steve Fitzpatrick (R - Great Falls, HD 20)
Kathy Swanson (D - Anaconda, HD 86)
Tom Berry (R - Roundup, HD 45)
Clarena Brockie (D - Harlem, HD 32)
Amanda Curtis (D - Butte, HD 76)
Roger Hagan (R - Great Falls, HD 19)
Pat Ingraham (R - Thompson Falls, HD 13)
Steve Lavin (R - Kalispell, HD 8)
Mary McNally (D - Billings, HD 49)
Jonathan McNiven (R - Huntley, HD 44)
David (Doc) Moore (R - Missoula, HD 91)
Jerry O'Neill (R - Columbia Falls, HD 3)
Casey Schreiner (D - Great Falls, HD 22)
Nicholas Schwaderer (R - Superior, HD 14)
Tom Steenberg (D - Missoula, HD 95)
Nancy Wilson (D - Missoula, HD 97)
Daniel Zolnikov (R - BIllings, HD 47)

Please remind your representatives that:

  • Agriculture is Montana's primary industry, providing jobs and supporting businesses throughout our state. If we stop considering agricultural lands when making decisions about subdivision development, we will lose our best soils and we can't have farms and ranches without the land.   

  • Right now, counties can consider a subdivision's impact on agriculture, but SB 147 attacks agriculture by limiting that requirement to only the adjacent ag operations. That means that if you live two parcels away, your voice doesn't count or if you do voice your concern you are pitted against your neighbor.  

  • Many landowners rely on their ability to develop their land for their retirement. Their fellow farmers and ranchers should not be barred from the local discussion about a future subdivision that may directly affect them.  

  • This amendment contradicts the original intent of the subdivision and platting act, whose sponsor added agriculture to the review criteria "primarily because of the tragic intrusion on the agriculture land base of Montana."