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Legislative Update – week of January 27, 2019
Legislative Update – week of February 4, 2019
Legislative Update – week of February 11, 2019
Legislative Update – week of February 17, 2019
Legislative Update – week of February 24, 2019
Legislative Update – week of March 3, 2019
Legislative Update – week of March 10, 2019
Legislative Update – week of March 17, 2019
Legislative Update – week of March 24, 2019
Legislative Update – week of March 30, 2019
Legislative Update – Week of April 7, 2019
Legislative Update – Week of April 14, 2019

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The past week in review – week of April 21, 2019

SB29 Require workers’ comp for all volunteer firefighters). Had a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 17th. The bill would require that all volunteer firefighters be covered by work comp and was developed by the 2018 Local Government Interim Committee with input by Montana fire service organizations. It had a delayed implementation date of October 1, 2022 in order to give volunteer fire departments time to prepare for and ultimately fulfill the mandate. The bill had lots of support from the fire service, including DNRC and county commissioners. There was no opposition. In spite of all that, the bill was tabled less that 3 hours after it’s hearing. The bill was supported by the Montana Fire Alliance.

Hearings and issues this upcoming week:
This will be my last update for this session and for future sessions. As I get older, it has been increasingly difficult to manage the demands of my business with an ever increasing workload at the Legislature. It is time for me to step down. It has truly been an honor to represent volunteer firefighters, chiefs and trustees in Helena for these past 18 years. The support that you have all shown has made it possible for me to continue, even when I have wanted to give up. Thank you for your commitment to improving the Montana fire service through legislative efforts. May you all be as successful in your local fire departments as the Montana Fire Alliance has been for the past 20 years!

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Respectfully Submitted
Leonard Lundby
Montana Fire Alliance – Legislative Liaison