The Mission of the Treasure State Resources Association is to promote and enhance the Montana Way of Life through responsible resource development.

2024 TSRA Annual Meeting - The Forge Hotel, Anaconda, MT

The 2024 TSRA Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 12-13, 2024 at The Forge Hotel in Anaconda, MT. The golf scramble will be played at the Old Works golf course in Anaconda. The agenda and registration information will follow at a later date. We look forward to seeing you there. Early Bird Sponsors can save 5% by including payment with their 2024 dues. Click below for more information

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Public Policy

Treasure State Resources Association strives to bring together industry groups, labor organizations, and recreation groups to work towards advancing policies that balance conservation with resource development and multiple use.

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Contact

We want to hear from you. Whether you have questions about our organization, want to find out how to participate in our public policy activities, or would like to see us get be more involved in a specific regulatory issue—please don't hesitate to get in contact with us.

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Board of Environmental Review Meeting: February 5, 2016

Board of Environmental Review Meeting: February 5, 2016

Summary Items:

  • The EPA approved Montana’s Water Quality Standards for EC and SAR adopted in 2003 and 2006. DEQ staff noted the action would have no impact on their work as the State had already been applying the new standards. It does mean those standards will be applied to federal actions.
  • The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reported they are still collecting data for electrical conductivity (EC) and sodium absorption rate (SAR) on Otter Creek for purposes of determining site specific water quality standards. They are working with stakeholders and the EPA to apply the “narrative” standards. Direction is needed for purposes of implementing Section 75-5-306 (MCA) that speaks to not having to treat water that is discharged to a level that exceeds the naturally occurring condition.

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2014 Jerome Anderson Award

Jerome Anderson 2014The Treasure State Resources Association (TSRA) presented the 2014 Jerome Anderson Award to Dan Flynn of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 44 at its 38th annual meeting in Kalispell September 16th. The Jerome Anderson Award, named for the longtime lobbyist, lawyer, former legislator and former Western Environmental Trade Association/TSRA President who passed away in 2009, is awarded for “outstanding leadership in the legislative or regulatory process or with the public while exemplifying the highest level of integrity.”

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Governor Bullock’s Amended Executive Order on the CPP Advisory Council

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan would have a devastating effect on Montana’s coal industry. Governor Bullock has established an Advisory Council to develop a recommendation for how Montana should deal with the CPP. To view the full text of his executive order, click here. The members of his advisory council can be found on Governor

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Using Legislative History

The term “legislative history” can mean two different things. First, “legislative history” refers to the chronological progress of a bill through the legislative process from its introduction to its enactment into law. In the legal field, however, “legislative history,” also often refers to the collection of documents that are created during that process. Judges and attorneys often turn to these documents to try to determine why the legislature enacted a particular law or to aid in the interpretation of a portion of the law. This process of using legislative history to interpret a law is often referred to as finding the “legislative intent” behind the law.

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