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full council. The council has recently
voted to endorse and support House
Bill 492.

The bills to which the council has
given its endorsement and support
are:

HB 73: The proposed Promotional
Utilities Advertising Act, introduced

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PAGE SIX



South West Report:

by Jim Foley, Executive Director,
Southwestern Areawide Health Plan-
ning Council



The Southwestern Areawide Board
of Directors met February 16, 1973
in Bozeman. At the meeting, board
members started to establish priori-
ties for the area for the coming year.
Board members heard panel discus-
sions on the coordinated efforts of
all drug and alcoholism projects serv-
ing the area. Staff of the areawide
have been working with the various
drug and alcoholism projects to co-
otdinate their efforts.

During the month the Southwestern
Areawide, in cooperation with Mount-
ain States Regional Medical Program
and Intermountain Regional Medical
Program, sponsored a Head, Neck and
Oral Cancer project for the Helena
area.

The IRMP funded the community
coordinated attack on plaque grant
written by the areawide for the Hele-
na School District Number One. The
purpose of this grant is to have all
elementary school teachers in the
system serve as dental health educa-
tors in their own classrooms under
the supervision of Helena area den-
tists.

Staff of the areawide have written
a mini-grant under the 'Help Commu-
nities Help Themselves' drug pro-
gram to the U.S. Office of Education
for the city of Helena. This project
would send ten people from the Hele-
na area to training in Minnesota.

Staff have cooperated with Butte
Model Cities to prepare an Allied
Health grant. The purpose of this
project is to coordinate all health re-
lated funding and services in the
Butte area.

The Health Facilities committee
held its first hearing on requests for
Certificate of Need and approval in
Bozeman, February 23, 1973.



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by Bradley, Towe, et al, would pro-
hibit promotional advertising by pub-
lic utilities, on the grounds that such
advertising results in unnecessary
expense to the counsumer, that such
utilities are government regulated
monopolies and that stimulation of
increased energy consumption is ir-
responsible in a time of energy cri-
sis. This bill was killed in commit-
tee, by one vote. A similar bill, HB
179, introduced by Holmes, Y/att, et
al, was also killed in committee.



HB 93: A proposal to vest additional
powers within the DH&ES, it would
permit the DH&ES and the Attorney
General's office to more adequately
enforce the solid waste disposal act.
This bill was introduced by Swan-
berg, Driscoll, et al.
HB 112: This proposal would provide
for creation of a state office respon-
sible for stimulating and regulating
the disposal of abandoned and junked
automobiles. Provision is made for
collection of fees and reimbursement
of counties for participation in the
program. This bill was introduced by
Swanberg, Tiemey, et al.
HB 127: Introduced by Francis Bar-
danouve, Gehrke, et al, this bill. The
Montana Utility Siting Act of 1973,
would vest in the Department of Nat-
ural Resources the authority to ap-
prove or disapprove the siting and
construction of energy generation and
conversion facilities, and associated
facilities, within the State of Monta-
na. The act calls for consideration
of public input and of environmental,
social, cultural and economic costs
in siting decisions and mandates the
development of a state energy policy.
Elements of the bill appear similar
to some aspects of the Environmental
Site Permit System proposal, prepar-
ed under contract, for the EHC.
HB 330: A proposal introduced by
Norman, this bill would vest in the
DH&ES the authority to control envi-
ronmental noise and would appropria-
te $46,918 to implement the act.
HB 341: The proposed Environmental
Planning Subdivision Act would pro-
vide for more strict regulation of sub
division developments by mandating
the preparation of minimum standards
for such developments by the Dept.
of Intergovernmental Relations, to be
met by counties. Such standards
would include review by various
state agencies and would guarantee
certain public health and environmen-
tal safeguards. This bill was intro-
duced by Shelden, Bardanouve, et al.
HB 465: Introduced by Baucus, Nor-
man, Bennetts and Driscoll, this pro-
posal would provide the DH&Es
greater authority to prevent air pol-
lution, control solid waste disposal,
control water quality and better en-
force public restrictions on subdivi-
sion developments.
HB 492: Introduced by Bradley, Nor-
man, et al, this bill would impose a
three year moratorium on additional
leases of state lands for the purpose
of coal strip-mining. The moratorium
is proposed to guarantee that studies
underway and to be initiated might
adequately ensure proper develop-
ment of Montana's resources and pro-
tect the health, safety and welfare of



the people of Montana, would be com-
pleted and the results disseminated
before irrevocable commitments are
made.

SB 94 & 108: These bills deal with
strip-mining and mind-land reclama-
tion. Both bills more adequately re-
gulate both mining and reclamation
and vest more authority in the Dept.
of State Lands in execution of its
duties. SB 94 provides the Dept. of
State Lands more discretionary auth-
ority than does SB 108; SB 108 ela-
borates more stringent requirements
in defining adequate mining and rec-
lamation methods and results than
does SB 94. The EHC and the coun-
cil endorsed and supported both bills
and urged the Senate Natural Resour-
ces Committee to prepare a compro-
mise bill incorporating the best ele-
ments of both bills. Bertsche, Coch-
rane, et al, introduced SB 94; Dar-
row, Flynn, et al, intr:tduced SB 108.
SB 188: Introduced by Darrow, Mc-
Keon, et al, the proposed Pollution
Disclosure Act of 1973 would require
the DH & ES to define toxic substan-
ces occurring in enterprise effluents.
The bill would further require those
enterprises discharging such efflu-
ents to disclose the type, amount and
route of the discharge. Such disclos-
ures would be available to the pub-
lic. Action on this bill has been def-
erred until the 1974 Legislature.
SB 297: This bill would enable the

DH&Es to aid local governments in
financing public health related pro-
jects such as secondary sewage
treatment systems. The bill was in-
troduced by Boylan, Breeden and Mc
Omber.

SB 405: Introduced by Broeder and
Bertsche, the proposed Montana For-
est Practices Act would vest in die
Dept. of Natural Resources the auth-
ority to regulate silvicultural practi-
ces on state and private lands, if
such lands are desgnated as forest
lands by the owner. The measure is
seen as protective of state and pri-
vate forest lands, in that inappropri-
ate manag&nent and harvesting tech-
niques would be precluded.
SB 444: The proposed Montana Water
Use Act, introduced by McGowan,
would more closely regulate water
rights. Such regulation would include
authentication of water claims, crea-
tion of state and regional water right
registries, provision for abandonment
of water rights, definitions of bene-
ficial uses of water (to include rec-
reation) and a provision to permit
political subdivisions or entities
(local, county or state government)
to reserve water, where it is not all
appropriated, to maintain flow, quali-
ty, etc. for future beneficial use.





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