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Hearing scheduled for Montana HB503

February 12, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

The hearing before the House Judiciary committee has been scheduled for next Thursday, February 19, 2009, at 8:00 a.m.

Montana Representative Bill McChesney introduced the legislation to take fantasy sports wagering proceeds away from horse racing interests and give it to the to health and Medicaid initiatives.

The following judiciary committee members are scheduled to hear the bill:

Ron Stoker, Chair (R), HD 87 Darby,
Deb Kottell, Vice Chair (D), HD 20, Great Falls,
Ken Petterson, Vice Chair (R), HD 46, Billings,
Arlene Becker (D), HD 52, Billings,
Gerald Bennett (R), HD 1, Libby,
Robyn Discoll (D), HD 51, Billings,
Bob Ebinger (D), HD 62, Livingston,
Krayton Kerns (R), HD 58, Laurel,
Margaret MacDonald (D), HD 54, Billings,
Mike Menahan (D), HD 82 Helena,
Michael More (R), HD 70, Gallatin Gateway,
Keith Regier (R), HD 5, Kalispell,
Diane Sands (D), HD 95, Missoula,
Bob Wagner (R), HD 71, Harrison (no email address)
Windy Warburton (R), HD 34, Havre,

To contact the legislators. You can contact the legislators in the following ways:

By Telephone

During sessions: Call the Session Information Desk at (406) 444-4800 to leave a message for as many as five legislators or one legislative committee per call. Your message will be delivered directly to the legislators. The TTY (Telephone Device for the Deaf) number is (406) 444-4462.

The Session Information Desk is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to adjournment on Saturdays.

By Fax

During sessions:
House (406) 444-4825
Senate (406) 444-4875

By Mail

A well-written letter is one of the best ways to let your legislator know your thoughts and opinions about a particular issue.

Here are some tips for getting your message across effectively:

  • Be brief. Legislators have many demands on their time. They appreciate letters that are short and to the point.

  • Put the message in your own words. Form letters and petitions don't have the same impact as personal, informed opinions.

  • Address your letter to a specific legislator or legislators. Depending on your message, you may want to write to the sponsor of a bill, certain members of a committee, or your own legislators. Don't address your letter to the entire Legislature.

  • Identify bills by their number, title, and sponsor.

  • Explain your position on the bill and ask for the legislator's support or opposition.

  • Give any sources of information that you use to make your point.

  • Include your name, address, and a little about who you are (for example, where you work or what school you attend).

Address letters to:

Senator XXXX
Montana Senate
PO Box 200500
Helena, MT 59620-0500


Montana House of Representatives
PO Box 200400
Helena, MT 59620-0400