This post is part of our ongoing effort to keep the public up to speed on activities taking place concerning the CSKT or Flathead Water Compact.

background

Senator Jackson’s bill SB265 was amended so that the Water Policy Interim Committee would review the CSKT compact and suggest changes to it.  Governor Bullock vetoed that bill and instead requested that the Compact Commission develop its own report to “ADDRESS”  the questions raised about the compact during the 2013 legislative session.  Once completed, the commission will send this report to the Water Policy Interim Committee.

At the Compact Commission meeting Thursday May 30th, the commission indicated a September 1, 2013 target date for the completion of this report.  Click here to see our blogpost report of that meeting.  The DNRC provides audio recordings of their full compact commission meetings on their website.

committee information

The Water Policy Interim Committee (WPIC) is scheduled to hold its first meeting in Helena on June 17th and 18th, 2013.  A draft calendar for their meetings can be found at this link.

Members of the Committee for 2013-2014 are:

Senate Members

Sen. Jennifer Fielder – R
P.O. Box 2558
Thompson Falls, MT 59873-2558
Ph: 210-5944
sen.jfielder@legmt.gov
 
Sen. Chas Vincent – R
34 Paul Bunyan Lane
Libby, MT 59923-7990
Ph: 293-1575 or 293-3839
cvvincent@hotmail.com
 
Sen. Bradley Maxon Hamlett – D
P.O. Box 49
Cascade, MT 59421-0049
Ph: 799-5885
wranglergallery@hotmail.com
 
Sen. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy – D
P.O. Box 211
Crow Agency, MT 59022-0211
Ph: 639-2198 or 638-3133
apsaalookewomen@yahoo.com
 
House Members
 
Rep. Pat Connell – R
567 Tiffany Lane
Hamilton, MT 59840-9241
Ph: 370-8682
connell4hd87@yahoo.com
 
Rep. Steve Fitzpatrick – R
3203 15th Ave. South
Great Falls, MT 59405-5416
Ph: 727-0826
fitzpatricks@bresnan.net
 
Rep. Reilly Neill – D
P.O. Box 1632
Livingston, MT 59047
Ph: 370-1492
info@votereilly.com
 
Rep. Kathleen Williams – D
P.O. Box 548
Bozeman, MT 59771-0548
Ph: 570-1917
kathleenhd65@bresnan.net
 

so now what?

Concerned Citizens of Western Montana will do their best to provide you with updates on the Compact Commission report and these meetings as we move forward in coming months.

It’s important for the public to pay attention and to stay engaged because it’s still possible that once the report is completed in September, there will be movement on THIS COMPACT, possibly through a special legislative session.

The governor and negotiating parties to the compact have made it clear that they believe it was “negotiated in good faith”,  both sides have “made concessions” and that it is a “reasonable settlement”. There is no desire on the part of these special interests to provide for a compact that truly would work for the people of western Montana.  Please remember that as we move forward.

On the other hand, Concerned Citizens as well as other compact opposition groups have done a great job of documenting the flaws in this agreement, and will continue our efforts to inform the public and keep them engaged in upcoming months.

Share this blog with your friends and neighbors, and look for updates and any “call to action” that might be necessary related to this compact or the compact commission report.

Thanks for your participation and support this past year.  We’ve come a long way toward exposing this horrible compact for what it really is, but still have a long road ahead of us.

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