Jones receives Champion of Business award

   HB-483 would encourage more responsible energy development by limiting to 15 days the time a group may appeal the issuance of a permit, and limiting the appeal to items already reviewed by state regulators. The Chamber supported the bill. The House passed the bill on the third reading, 68-32. The Senate passed the bill on the third reading, 30-20. The Governor signed the bill into law.
   HB-529 would encourage more responsible energy development on state lands by restricting when the state can impede energy projects through excessive review. The Chamber supported the bill. The House passed the bill on the third reading, 71-29. The Senate passed the bill on the third reading, 33-17. The Governor signed the bill into law.
   Rep. Jones commented, “I was very pleased to receive the report from the Montana Chamber that I will be a recipient of a “Champion of Business” award.  I have always felt that the base for both our education and health care system is a strong business environment.”  
   He went on to add, “If you look at the bills that the award was based upon, I have tried to be a champion of my support for energy, economic development, education, and environmentally sound development.”
   The Montana Chamber of Commerce also released business scores for each Montana legislator that ranged from 0-100 percent.  
   Rep. Jones was one of the 21 out of 150 legislators to receive a perfect 100 percent score.