MAR at the Legislature
- The 2019 Montana Legislative Session has adjourned.
- We thank Representative Ross Fitzgerald for sponsoring HB 416 and HB 376 for us, and Senator Mike Lang for carrying both bills in the Senate!
- MAR will continue advocating for private property rights during the Interim Session
- Below you will find a list of a few of the bills supported this Session and a list of some that we opposed.
Bills We Supported This Session
SB 77 - Allows the Rookie Course to be included in the pre-licensing education curriculum. (SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR)
SB 269 - Creates a registry and standards for home inspectors, including education and insurance requirements. (SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR)
SB 276 - Creates a more straightforward process for converting condominiums to townhomes. (SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR)
HB 370 - Improves and streamlines the remote notarization process. (SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR)
HB 376 - MAR bill that eliminates the only rarely used Real Estate Recovery Account and moves the balance to the Housing Montana Fund. (SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR)
HB 416 - MAR legislation that requires errors and omissions insurance for brokers and salespeople in order to better protect consumers and REALTORS® and to increase professionalism in our industry. (SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR)
Bills We Opposed This Session
SB 198– Placed unnecessary new requirements on applications for subdivision exemptions like family transfers. (Dead)
HB 253 - Allowed local governments to require properties to register on a vacant property registry, even if occupied, and allowed registration fees of up to $10,000 every six months. (Dead)
HB 372 - Allowed local governments to increase property tax rates faster than state law currently provides for. (Dead)
HB 445 - Required landlords to allow cardholders to grow marijuana within or on rental properties. (Dead)
HB 474 - Required owners of mobile home parks to pay each of their tenants at least $5,000 for moving costs if the owner decided to change the use of their property. (Dead)
HB 572 - Required the Board of Realty Regulation to set a limit on the number of salespeople a broker may supervise. This bill wouldn’t have improved the quality of supervision and would have unduly interfered with members’ business practices. (Dead)
HB 600 – Placed unreasonable limitations on transferring water from exempt wells. (Dead)
HB 697 – Eliminated the mortgage interest deduction from Montana income tax. (Dead)
HB 675 – Placed a new and very expensive tax on second homes. (Dead)
HB 708 – Decreased by half the volume of water allowed for use by exempt wells. (Dead)
SJ 25– An interim study intended to lead to legislation that would have put new, onerous restrictions on lands divided prior to the 1973 subdivision law. (Dead)
Legislators propose thousands of new bills every session…many that affect real estate. MAR reviews them all, so we can support the good ones and oppose those with negative impacts for our industry.