The 2013 Montana legislative session is upon us.
The excitement kicks off today at 10 a.m. when the statewide office holders are sworn-in on the steps of the Capitol.
Rumor has it that at 11 a.m. a group of Montana Indians are expected to arrive at the Capitol for a “flash mob” round dance to draw attention Indian issues as part of the growing “Idle No More Movement.” You can read more about Idle No More in today’s Tribune.
At noon the 2013 Legislature officially convenes and lawmakers will be sworn-in.
The rest of the weekly schedule, subject to change, is as follows:
Tuesday, Jan 8, 8 a.m. – Law School for Legislators – House Chambers
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2 p.m. – Chair of the day training for House members – House Chambers
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 8 a.m. – Organizational Committee Meetings: House State Administration – Rm 455; House Taxation – Rm 152
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m. – Budget presentation by Legislative Fiscal Division staff to Joint House Appropriations and Senate Finance & Claims Committees – House Chambers
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m. - Organizational Committee Meeting: Joint House FRET & Senate Energy - Rm 317 - re: proposed federal changes to how Power Marketing Administrations operate
Wednesday, Jan. 9, upon adjournment of floor sessions – Rules training for all legislators – Rm 172
Thursday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m. – Senate Max Baucus will address joint legislative session upon convening of floor sessions in joint session – House Chambers
Thursday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m. - Organizational Committee Meetings: House Fish, Wildlife & Parks – Rm 152; House Local Government – Rm 172; Senate Energy – Rm 317
Friday, Jan. 11, 8 a.m. – Organizational Committee Meetings: Appropriation/Finance & Claims Subcommittees: Education – Rm 472; General Government – Rm 350; Health & Human Services – Rm 102; Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement & Justice – Rm 317A; Long-Range Planning – Rm 317B; Natural Resources & Transportation – Rm 317C
Friday, Jan. 11, 1 p.m. – Presentation of proposed legislative districting & apportionment plan presented by Justice Regnier to joint legislative session upon convening of floor sessions in joint session – House Chambers
Friday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. – Organizational Committee Meetings: Joint House & Senate Education Committee – Common Core Informational Hearing – Rm 303; House Federal Relations, Energy & Transportation – Rm 172; House Human Services – Rm 152; Senate Natural Resources, Rm 317
Saturday, Jan. 12, upon adjournment of floor sessions - Tour of Montana State Prison & Montana Correctional Enterprises – open to all legislators - bus scheduled to leave 15 minutes after adjournment of last floor session -