Monday, January 5, 2015

Fwd: Montana's Legislature is in Session

Today, Montana's Legislature was called to order at the State Capitol in Helena, MT for the 2015 legislative session which will run from Jan through April. I am happy to report the mood within the building seemed to be
extraordinarily positive and hopeful, although we have a monumental
mountain of work ahead, which will require our attention 12-14 hours per day, 5-6 days a week over the next four months while we are officially

During this time I encourage you to take part in YOUR government by
contacting legislators, tracking bills, watching or listening to committee hearings and floor debates, researching laws, or accessing the entire
legislative process online at You can also get a more personalized, inside scoop by following me at or connecting with me via your favorite social
media. Today I posted a quick snap shot I took as the session kicked off with the posting of colors in the Senate Chamber.

Attached you'll find the Republican Action Plan, designed by Montana House and Senate members which outlines our primary areas of legislative focus for this session. Below is an excerpt from that plan with a quick overview of the areas of focus where most of our effort will be this session. If our Governor decides to work with us, I have no doubt we will accomplish
amazing things for the people of Montana.

Strengthen Jobs and the Economy
"Make Montana a better place to live, work and do business.”

• Tax relief
• Regulatory reform
• End wasteful government spending
• Support solutions to create a business-friendly Montana

Put Students and Parents First
"Stand-up for families by providing the educational tools needed for
individual success.”

• Expand student and parent choice
• Invest in state-of-the-art learning infrastructure
• Focus on a learning experience catered to individual needs
• Encourage an accountable, affordable, and innovative higher education system

Safeguard Healthcare Options
"Build a stable healthcare system that Montanans can count on for the long-term.”
• Protect consumer-driven options
• Make healthcare affordable and accessible
• Ensure the long-term stability of Montana’s healthcare system

Protect Rights and Individual Freedom
"Preserve the line separating personal freedom from government intrusion.” AREAS OF LEGISLATIVE FOCUS
• Defend private property rights
• Preserve Constitutional rights
• Protect privacy
• Fight regulatory takings
• Standing against government overreach

Senator Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls
Montana State Senate - District 7

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