Montana Legislative Services Division

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The Montana Legislative Services Division is a state agency in Montana that performs duties and functions for the Montana Legislature as assigned by law or as directed or requested by legislators or legislative committees.

One responsibility of the office is to review proposed Montana ballot initiatives.

Mission statement

The Legislative Services Division is an independent, nonpartisan, impartial agency that performs duties and functions for the Montana Legislature as assigned by law or as directed or requested by legislators or legislative committees.

Governance

The Legislative Services Division is led by an executive director who oversees the day to day operations and a staff of 50. Each of the divisions of the Legislative Services Division is led by a Divisional Director who oversees day to day operations within the division[1].

Divisions

Central services

The Central Services Division in the Legislative Services Division that is responsible for the financial management, payroll, purchasing, publication distribution, and setting up telecommunications[2].

Environmental policy

The Montana Legislative Services Division has a separate environmental policy division. The division is responsible for drafting all environmental bills, staff standing committees dealing with the environment, research and reports on environmental topics, and other services related to environmental policy[3].

Legal services

Staff in the Legal Services Division are responsible for reviewing all ballot measures to make sure they are clear, consistent and do not confuse voters. Also, they can make recommendations for revisions. Also, Legal Services staff is responsible for revising the Montana Code and the Montana Administrative Rules[4].

Legislative information technology

The Legislative Information Technology Division is responsible for handling all the support and maintenance of the legislature's computer networks. Also, all the computer applications tied to the legislative process are developed by the Legislative Information Technology Division[5].

Research and policy analysis

The Research and Policy Analysis Division is responsible for staffing all standing committees in the Montana Legislature along with providing reference and research services for Montana legislators. A Legislative Reference Center is run by the Research and Policy Analysis division[6].

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