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Missoula in Session
The Montana Legislature adjourned its 68th Session on May 2, 2023. City staff will update this page in the coming weeks with summary information about the session. You can sign up for notifications to receive City Council Committee meeting agendas to learn when the session report will be discussed at the Committee of the Whole.
The City of Missoula tracks proposed state legislation that may affect the City. The 2023 legislative session starts on January 2. This page will be updated with bills the City is tracking at that time. You can sign up for notifications from us when the highest-priority bills we're tracking have a hearing or vote coming up. If you have a suggestion or question about this page, send us an email.
- How can I receive alerts on important bills the City is tracking?
You can sign up for notifications to receive email or text alerts when important bills have upcoming actions. The City tracks a lot of legislation, but will only send alerts when there is action pending on our highest-priority bills, such as property tax reform, housing initiatives, tax increment financing, mental health and crisis services, and renewable energy.
- Should I contact the City Council or the Montana Legislature about my opinions?
You can reach out to City Council to request that the City of Missoula take a specific stance on a bill, but the City of Missoula as an organization only has one voice in Helena. Your voice has a greater impact if you contact lawmakers in Helena directly. You can find your representatives or explore multiple participation options on Have Your Say Montana.
- How can I comment on the City's legislative priorities?
City officials take public comment regarding the City's stance on legislation. You can comment at City Council meetings, by email, or by telephone. Please remember to contact your legislators directly with your opinions. Our elected officials need to hear from as many people as possible to know how their decisions affect our community.
- Who are my legislators and how do I contact them?
You can look up your legislators by name or by your address on the state's website, along with contact information.
- What is Tax Increment Financing?
Tax Increment Financing is a tool that helps to fund critical community improvements in urban renewal districts. Learn more about TIF and how Missoula has used it in our flier.
Talk to your Legislators
It's important for legislators to hear directly from you, their constituents, about pending legislation. You can find your legislators and contact them by phone, email, or mail. You can also provide testimony if the bill has an upcoming hearing.
Building Your Own List
The state's LAWS website allows users to create their own preference list. You can customize your list to include only the bills you are interested in and even set it up to receive notifications directly from the state. This is a great way to stay involved and informed on the issues that are most important to you.
The 2023 Legislature passed Senate Bill 358, which requires us to post this lobbying information on our website. The City of Missoula entered into a lobbying agreement with Central House Strategies on September 6, 2022. The contract period runs September 2022 through May 31, 2023 and totals $38,000. There are no automatic extensions to the agreement. All bills the City lobbied on or took a position on, either through Central House Strategies or directly through staff, are available in this list. Reports are provided to City Council at their regular meetings under new business during the legislative session, January through May of odd-numbered years.