Payments to Schools, Fire Bills Could Trigger Special Legislative Session in Montana
The last Montana legislative session was a tough one with a trim budget, but there is speculation the money is already running out. Ever since the session ended, there has been talk of either the legislature or governor Steve Bullock calling a special session. Montana House Finance chair Nancy Ballance believes the governor might announce a special session in November.
"By the end of November the Governor has to make payments out to the individual schools across the state and that is somewhere around $120 million to the state, so if he feels that he doesn't have the cash to make that payment then that would be one of the things where he would call us back in," Ballance said.
Ballance posits another scenario that might trigger a special session.
"One of the other drivers would be the fire bills that are coming due or any emergency that could happen, because his emergency fund and his fire fund are basically empty, what he would need is not only cash, he would need appropriation authority," Ballance said.
Although the legislature can also call a special session, Ballance says that won’t happen.