Testify for SB 281 Require DEQ collaboration on climate change efforts

Please spread the word far and wide that Mike Phillip's SB 281 (attached) will be heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee next Monday (2-18) at 3 p.m.in room 422.

The bill is simple and calls for DEQ to collaborate with University of Montana's climate office to develop a state climate report that is delivered to the Governor and legislature.

SB 281 provides legislators (both believers and deniers) a reasonable opportunity to engage usefully on the issue.

Hopefully people that support the bill will attend the hearing and make their wishes known.

Mike

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63rd Legislature LC[masked]
1 BILL NO.
2 INTRODUCED BY
(Primary Sponsor)
3
4 A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
5 TO COLLABORATE WITH A MONTANA OFFICE DEDICATED TO CLIMATOLOGY LOCATED ON THE
6 UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-MISSOULA CAMPUS; REQUIRING A BIENNIAL REPORT ON CLIMATE TO THE
7 GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
8
9 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
10
11 NEW SECTION. Section 1. State climatology -- department participation -- report. (1) The
12 department of environmental quality shall collaborate with a Montana office dedicated to climatology located on
13 the university of Montana-Missoula campus to assist in that office's efforts to provide scientifically sound climate
14 information in Montana.
15 (2) Collaboration must include assisting in the:
16 (a) development of systems that provide Montanans with access to climate information and research by
17 assimilating, organizing, and disseminating that information;
18 (b) interpretation of climate information; and
19 (c) development of proposed policy or management guidelines, based on a scientifically sound
20 foundation, to address variability in Montana's climate.
21 (3) The department shall coordinate with the drought advisory committee established pursuant to
[masked] in meeting the requirements of this section.
23 (4) The department shall submit a biennial report on the state of the Montana climate to the governor
24 and to the legislature as provided in 5-11-210.
25
26 NEW SECTION. Section 2. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an
27 integral part of Title 75, and the provisions of Title 75 apply to [section 1].
28
29 NEW SECTION. Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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