Montana State Resource Center
Montana Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General (AG) is the state's chief legal officer, chief law enforcement officer and director of the Department of Justice. The AG also serves as a member of the State Land Board and the Board of Examiners. The AG has the authority to provide legal opinions—which carry the weight of law—to the Legislature; to state officers, boards or commissions; to city attorneys and to county commissioners and county attorneys. He also has supervisory authority over the state's 56 county attorneys and, at the request of local, state or federal law enforcement agencies, can investigate criminal violations of law.
- Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, State Auditor
The Commissioner of Securities and Insurance serves as the State Government watchdog for the citizens of Montana in the insurance and securities industries. The office is a criminal justice agency charged with protecting Montana's consumers through insurance and securities regulation and also through informing the public about insurance and securities issues.
The Governor carries out the executive power vested by the Montana Constitution and sees that the laws of the state are faithfully executed. The Governor appoints and supervises the directors of each executive department; gives information to the legislature and recommends measures he considers needed and suitable; signs, issues amendatory vetoes or veto legislation presented by the Legislature; carries out the duties of commander-in-chief of the militia forces of the state; and makes appointments to Boards and Commissions as required by law/
- Lt. Governor
If the office of governor becmes vacant by reason of death, resignation, or disqualification, the Lt. Governor shall become governor for the remainer of the term. The Lt. Governor provides advice and counsel to the Governor, acts as an extra set of eyes and ears and attends events on behalf of the Governor when requested. The Lt. Governor welcomes international visitors when the Governor is unable to do so, serves on a number of state committees, and assists on a number of administration policy initiatives.
- Secretary of State
The duties and functions of the secretary of state include: Interpreting state election laws and overseeing elections; Maintaining the official records of the executive branch and the acts of the legislature; Reviewing, maintaining, and distributing public-interest records of businesses and nonprofit organizations; Filing administrative rules adopted by state departments, boards, and agencies; Attesting to the governor's signature on executive orders, proclamations, resolutions, extradition papers, and appointments; Preserving the state seal; Filing and maintaining records of secured financial transactions, such as liens; Serving on the state Board of Land Commissioners and the Board of Examiners; Serving on the Capital Finance Advisory Council; and Commissioning notaries public.
- State of Montana
Montana is a U.S. state located in the Western United States. The western third of the state contains numerous mountain ranges; other island ranges are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges of the Rocky Mountains. This geographical fact is reflected in the state's name, derived from the Spanish word montaña (mountain).
Montana Legislative Branch
- Montana Legislative Audit Division
It is the responsibility of the Legislative Audit Division to conduct financial and compliance, performance, and information system audits of state agencies or their programs, including the university system.
- Montana Legislative Branch
The Montana Legislature is a bicameral legislature, made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate and House are each responsible for organizing and establishing rules for their respective chambers.
Montana Court Rules and Forms
- District Court Rules
- Montana Court Rules
Court rules explain the procedure to be followed in various courts, including what format paperwork should be submitted in, how to schedule hearings, and how hearings and trials will proceed. A court may be governed by several different sets of rules. Provides links to rules for the following: Supreme Court; District Court; Justice Court; City Court; Municipal Court; Workers' Compensation Court; Water Court; Rules Regarding the Practice of Law; Rules Regarding Judicial Conduct; and Miscellaneous Rules.
- Montana Forms
Provides legal information and resources only, including: Links to Sample Forms; Links to Selected Laws by Topic; Links to Other Websites by Topic; and Recommended Books in the Law Library by Topic.
- Montana Rules of Civil Procedure
- Montana Rules of Evidence
- Montana Workers' Compensation Court Forms
- Montana Workers' Compensation Court Rules
The Court rules are procedural in nature and are applied uniformly to all cases regardless of the date of injury unless specifically otherwise provided. The Court's Rule Committee annually reviews and, when necessary, revises the rules of the Court.
- Supreme Court Forms
- Supreme Court Proposed Rules
Montana Judicial Branch
- Montana State Law Library
The mission of the State Law Library is to provide access to recorded legal knowledge and information consistent with the present and anticipated research needs, responsibilities, and concerns of Montana's courts, legislature, state officers and employees, members of the bar of the Supreme Court of Montana, and members of the general public.
- Montana's Judicial Branch
The Judicial power of the State of Montana is vested in the following: The Supreme Court, consisting of a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices; The District Courts; The Workers' Compensation Court; The Water Court; and The Courts of Limited Jurisdiction, which include Justice Courts, Municipal Courts, and City Courts. Unlike most state court systems and the federal judiciary, Montana does not have an intermediate appellate court. Consequently, the Supreme Court hears direct appeals from all of the District Courts across Montana, as well as from the Workers' Compensation Court and the Water Court.
Montana Executive Branch
- Department of Administration
The Department of Administration (DOA) duties include providing administrative, financial, legal and policy guidance to all divisions and programs; serving as liaison to the public, Governor's Office, legislative branch, tribal nations, federal and local governments, and private business; promoting a workforce training and development program to maintain a highly qualified and diverse workforce; and promoting long-term financial stability of department's programs and services by effective budget management and improved internal controls.
- Department of Agriculture
The mission of the Department of Agriculture (DOA) is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. DOA manages more than 30 programs, from marketing and business enhancement to licensing and regulating various activities to protect agricultural producers, consumers and the environment.
- Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce is committed to the state's vision for economic prosperity and serving the many citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations. Commerce also acts as an information broker for businesses and communities in the economic and community development areas.
- Department of Corrections
The Montana Department of Corrections enhances public safety, promotes positive change in offender behavior, reintegrates offenders into the community and supports the victims of crime.
- Department of Environmental Quality
The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to protect, sustain, and improve a clean and healthful environment to benefit present and future generations. DEQ is split into four divisions: Enforcement; Permitting & Compliance; Planning, Prevention & Assistance; and Remediation.
- Department of Labor and Industry
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) provides oversight and regulation of the Montana Workers' Compensation system, enforces state and federal labor standards, enforces state and federal safety and occupational health laws, provides adjudicative services in labor-management disputes, establishes and enforces building industry codes, licenses and regulates professions and occupations, regulates all weighing or measuring devices used in commercial transactions, conducts research, and collects employment statistics that enable strategic planning.
- Department of Livestock
The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) is a Montana State agency whose operations are funded by state and federal tax dollars. MDOL is charged with managing livestock: cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and the like. MDOL describes itself as being organized to safeguard the health and food production capacity of the State's animals and poultry by providing for the diagnosis, prevention, control, and eradication of animal diseases, prevent the transmission of animal diseases to man, and address other public health risks.
- Department of Military Affairs
The Department of Military Affairs oversees all activities of the Army and Air National Guard, Disaster and Emergency Services Division, and provides administrative support to the Veterans Affairs Division, which is administratively attached to the department. The department also plans for and coordinates state responses in disaster and emergency situations. The department is administered by the Adjutant General and his staff.
- Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
The mission of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is to help to ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. DNRC provides leadership in managing the state's natural resources. It is presently responsible for promoting the stewardship of Montana's water, soil, forest, and rangeland resources; for regulating forest practices and oil and gas exploration and production.
- Department of Public Health and Human Services
The mission of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is to improve and protect the health, well-being, and self-reliance of all Montanans. DPHHS's divisions include Addictive & Mental Disorders; Business & Financial Services; Child & Family Services; Child Support Enforcement; Developmental Services; Health Resources; Human & Community Services; Public Health & Safety; Quality Assurance; Senior & Long Term Care; and Technology Services.
- Department of Revenue
The Montana Department of Revenue was established in 1972. It has several major responsibilities including the administration of state taxes and fees; establishment of values for taxable property; supervision of the operation of the state liquor stores and agencies, and administration of the laws governing the sale, taxation and licensing of alcoholic beverages; and the return of unclaimed property to its rightful owners.
- Department of Transportation
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is primarily responsible for the following duties: Planning and Design,; Contract Administration; Materials design and testing; Property acquisition; Fiscal programming and cost accounting; Motor Fuel Collection and Enforcement; Enforcement of vehicle weight and dimension laws and the Outdoor Advertising Control Act; Management of the state motor pool; Highway, bridge and rest area maintenance; Public Transportation and Rail Programs and Planning; General aviation airport planning; and Highway Traffic Safety.
- Disaster and Emergency Services Division
Part of the Montana Department of Military Affairs, the Disaster and Emergency Services Division (DES) ensures that the state is ready for an emergency. DES strives to help save lives and property following a disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and fire through its programs and services. DES outlines strategies for coping with an emergency by providing plans for managing donations, distributing food, and coordinating transportation. DES also helps educate families and individuals about emergency preparedness.
JobLINC is the statewide coordination and collaboration of employment and training organizations, workforce development organizations, and other community service providers. The goal of JobLINC is to provide efficient, streamlined access to meaningful workforce development services and information.
- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), through its employees and citizen commission, provides for the stewardship of the fish, wildlife, parks, and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations.
- Montana Historical Society
The Montana Historical Society (MHS) is an agency of state government for the use, learning, culture, and enjoyment of the citizens of the state and for the acquisition, preservation, and protection of historical records, art, archival, and museum objects, historical places, sites, and monuments and the custody, maintenance, and operation of the historical library, museums, art galleries, and historical places, sites, and monuments.
- Montana Kids
Montana Kids provides statewide tourist information geared toward children. The site contains a variety of fun & educational information about Montana including special presentations, games, pictures and fun facts. There are special sections on Lewis & Clark and Montana history. Also contest and sweepstakes.
- Montana Lottery
The Montana Lottery is administratively attached to the Department of Administration. The mission of the Montana Lottery is to maximize the transfer of its net revenue to the state's General Fund by providing products that meet the expectations of consumers and the state of Montana while adhering to the highest standards of security and integrity, which is critical to maintaining public confidence in the agency and its products.
- Montana State Historic Preservation Office
The Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) works together with all Montanans to promote the preservation of Montana's historic and cultural places.
- Office of Budget and Program Planning
The Governor's Office of Budget and Program Planning provides expert fiscal advice to the Administration; communicates and implements fiscal policies of the Governor; and ensures sound fiscal management of state government through statutory oversight.
- Office of Public Instruction
The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is the state education agency of Montana.
- Prevention Resource Center
The mission of the Prevention Resource Center is to create and sustain a coordinated, comprehensive system of prevention services in the state of Montana. Five Goals Guiding the Work of the PRC are: 1) Reduce Child Abuse; 2) Reduce Youth Substance Abuse; 3) Reduce Youth Violence; 4) Reduce School Dropout; 5) Reduce Teen Pregnancy.
- State Library
The Montana State Library (MSL) meets the information needs of Montana government agency management and staff, ensures all Montana citizens have access to information created by their government, supports the role of all Montana libraries in delivering quality library content and services to their patrons, works to strengthen local community public libraries, ensures that Montanans who are visually or physically handicapped are provided access to library resources, and measures its successes by its patrons’ and partners’ successes.
- Travel Montana
Travel Montana is Montana's official travel site. The site is hosted by the Office of Tourism and provides information and tips for travel, adventure, recreation, visiting and vacation in Montana.
Montana Boards and Commissions
- Board of Crime Control
The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) is the designated state agency that administers millions of grant dollars dedicated to preventing and addressing crime statewide. MBCC is headed by an eighteen member board appointed by Governor Schweitzer. oard members provide critical citizen leadership, oversight and accountability of systems charged with promoting justice and public safety.
- Board of Investments
One of the main goals of the Board of Investments is to provide creative solutions to financial issues facing new and expanding businesses in the state of Montana. To accomplish this goal, the Board administers a number of different loan programs that can be specifically tailored to meet an individual business’s or local government’s needs.
- Board of Pardons and Parole
The Board of Pardons and Parole, as part of the criminal justice process, serves all Montana citizens by administering a flexible system of punishment and rehabilitation, which fully protects society. All employees and members of the Board of Pardons and Parole are committed to securing the effective application of and improvements to the clemency and release system as well as of the laws upon which they are based. The parole process is administered in an effective, humane, safe, and just fashion.
- Board of Public Education
The Board of Public Education exercises general supervision over the elementary and secondary schools of the state. The Board is also assigned specific responsibilities by the Montana Legislature to include: adopting standards of accreditation for Montana schools and establishing the accreditation status of each school; effecting a system of teacher certification; considering the suspension or revocation of teacher certificates and hearing appeals from the denial of teacher certificates; administering and ordering the distribution of state equalization aid; adopting policies for the special education of handicapped and gifted and talented students; and acting as the governing agency for the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind.
- Board of Regents of Higher Education
The governance and administration of the Montana University System is vested with the Board of Regents, which has full power, responsibility, and authority to supervise, coordinate, manage and control the Montana University System, and supervise and coordinate other public educational institutions assigned by law.
- Commissioner of Higher Education
The Commissioner of Higher Education is appointed by the Board of Regents and serves as the chief executive officer of the Montana University System. Policies and directives of the Board of Regents are communicated and implemented by the Commissioner and her staff, using the Regents' statutory and constitutional authority in an effective and professional manner.
- Montana Arts Council
The Montana Arts Council homepage provides links to information about arts resources, grants and services for arts organizations, artists, and schools, its folklife program, and arts calendar.
- Public Service Commission
The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) is a quasi-judicial regulatory tribunal in the U.S. state of Montana. The PSC generally regulates private, investor-owned natural gas, electric, telephone, water and private sewer companies doing business in Montana. In addition, the PSC regulates intrastate railroads and certain motor carriers hauling regulated commodities. The PSC oversees natural gas pipeline safety regulations.