TO: Board of Regents
FROM: Richard A. Crofts
SUBJECT: 2001 Legislative Agenda
DATE: November 1, 2000
prior to each Legislative session I review with the Board of Regents the items
(non-budget) we have identified to pursue during the upcoming session. I have listed below this year’s legislative
agenda developed in consultation with the Policy Committee. While no formal action by the Board of
Regents is required, I do believe it is important to document the Regents’
knowledge of these issues. As we move
into and through the legislative session other issues may arise. I will keep you informed about those issues
as they come up.
items comprise our legislative agenda at this time:
- Necessary revisions to
the Family Education Savings Act to make it consistent with Federal tax
code and regulation.
- Extend the Montana Tax
credit for donations to our campus foundations.
- Statutory provision for
faculty equity in start-up companies originated out of faculty
research. We are currently limited
to licensing technology created by our faculty. More incentives can be provided through creating an equity
- Efficiencies in
restructuring campus telephone service.
- Ability to accommodate
spousal hiring for recruitment purposes.
This would permit us to hire the spouse of an individual we were
trying to recruit without the formal advertising process.
identification of the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education as
the “sole state agency” for the administration of the Federal Perkins
program. See item 109-107-R1100 in
the agenda (Old Business) for this meeting.
- Possible expansion of
the High School Honors Scholarship Program.
- Statutory appropriation
for the Tribal Colleges for non-beneficiary students who attend those