§ 2-15-101 Declaration of policy and purpose
§ 2-15-102 Definitions
§ 2-15-103 Policymaking authority and administrative powers of governor
§ 2-15-104 Structure of executive branch
§ 2-15-105 Attorney general, state auditor, superintendent of public instruction, and secretary of state — powers as department heads
§ 2-15-108 Gender and racial balance — report to legislature
§ 2-15-111 Appointment and qualifications of department heads
§ 2-15-112 Duties and powers of department heads
§ 2-15-113 Prior right of department head to agencies and records
§ 2-15-114 Security responsibilities of departments for data
§ 2-15-115 Notice of estimated turnaround time on application for permit or license
§ 2-15-121 Allocation for administrative purposes only
§ 2-15-122 Creation of advisory councils
§ 2-15-123 Administratively created agencies — prohibition
§ 2-15-124 Quasi-judicial boards
§ 2-15-125 Future agencies and functions
§ 2-15-126 Terminated
§ 2-15-127 Terminated
§ 2-15-128 Terminated
§ 2-15-129 reserved
§ 2-15-130 Compliance with Military Selective Service Act required for employment — rulemaking
§ 2-15-131 Rights of state personnel
§ 2-15-132 Rights to property
§ 2-15-133 Rules and orders
§ 2-15-134 Legal proceedings
§ 2-15-135 Rights and duties under existing transactions
§ 2-15-136 References
§ 2-15-137 Federal aid
§ 2-15-141 Definitions
§ 2-15-142 Guiding principles and documentation
§ 2-15-143 Training and consultation
§ 2-15-149 Naming of sites and geographic features — replacement of word “squaw”, “half-breed”, or “breed” — advisory group
§ 2-15-150 Terminated
§ 2-15-151 Lewis and Clark bicentennial license plates — authorization to apply as sponsor — use of proceeds
§ 2-15-155 State agency board, committee, commission, or advisory council member information to be published
§ 2-15-156 Districts for certain appointments

Terms Used In Montana Code > Title 2 > Chapter 15 > Part 1

  • Account: means a Montana farm and ranch risk management account. See Montana Code 15-30-3002
  • Advisory capacity: means furnishing advice, gathering information, making recommendations, and performing other activities that may be necessary to comply with federal funding requirements and does not mean administering a program or function or setting policy. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Affidavit: means a sworn written declaration made before an officer authorized to administer oaths or an unsworn written declaration made under penalty of perjury as provided in 1-6-105. See Montana Code 1-1-203
  • Affiliate: means a subsidiary of which more than 50% of the voting stock is owned directly by the parent corporation or another member of the Montana combined group. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Agency: means an office, position, commission, committee, board, department, council, division, bureau, section, or any other entity or instrumentality of the executive branch of state government. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Alternative energy system: means the generation system or equipment used to convert energy sources into usable sources using fuel cells that do not require hydrocarbon fuel, geothermal systems, low-emission wood or biomass, wind, photovoltaics, geothermal, small hydropower plants under 1 megawatt, and other recognized nonfossil forms of energy generation. See Montana Code 15-32-102
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Base investment: means the amount expended by a production company as production expenditures and compensation incurred in this state that are directly used in a state-certified production. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Board: means the local review board as provided in 15-24-1605. See Montana Code 15-24-1602
  • Building: means :

    (a) a single or multiple dwelling, including a mobile home or manufactured home; or

    (b) a building used for commercial, industrial, or agricultural purposes that is enclosed with walls and a roof. See Montana Code 15-32-102

  • Capital investment: means any material or equipment purchased and installed in a building or land with or without improvements. See Montana Code 15-32-102
  • Certification: means approval by the board or state historic preservation office of a property's qualification for the property tax abatement under the terms of this part. See Montana Code 15-24-1602
  • Common gray water and potable water system: means a gray water system and a potable water system that are common elements of a multiple dwelling project. See Montana Code 15-24-3201
  • Compensation: means Montana wages, salaries, commissions, payments to a loan-out company subject to the provisions of subsection (3)(c), union benefits, fringe benefits, and any other form of remuneration paid to employees for personal services performed in this state. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Contributing: means a building, site, structure, or object with historic architectural qualities, historic association, or archaeological value for which a property is significant because:

    (a) it was present during a period of significant local or state history and possesses historic design or architectural integrity reflecting its character at that time or is capable of yielding important information about the period; or

    (b) it independently meets the criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. See Montana Code 15-24-1602

  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Data: means any information stored on information technology resources. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Department: means the department of revenue provided for in 2-15-1301. See Montana Code 15-30-3102
  • Department: means a principal functional and administrative entity that:

    (a) is created by this chapter within the executive branch of state government;

    (b) is one of the 20 principal departments permitted under the constitution; and

    (c) includes its units. See Montana Code 2-15-102

  • Department head: means a director, commission, board, commissioner, or constitutional officer in charge of a department created by this chapter. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Director: means a department head specifically referred to as a director in this chapter and does not mean a commission, board, commissioner, or constitutional officer. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Disqualification period: means any period of 2 consecutive tax years in which the taxpayer is not engaged in an eligible agricultural business. See Montana Code 15-30-3002
  • Donee: The recipient of a gift.
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Electronic funds transfer: The transfer of money between accounts by consumer electronic systems-such as automated teller machines (ATMs) and electronic payment of bills-rather than by check or cash. (Wire transfers, checks, drafts, and paper instruments do not fall into this category.) Source: OCC
  • Eligible agricultural business: means the business of agricultural production, as agricultural is defined in 15-1-101, including silviculture, conducted by an individual or family farm corporation that files net farm income reports for tax purposes as required by the United States internal revenue service. See Montana Code 15-30-3002
  • Eligible student: means a student who is a Montana resident and who is 5 years of age or older on or before September 10 of the year of attendance and has not yet reached 19 years of age. See Montana Code 15-30-3102
  • Energy conservation purpose: means one or both of the following results of an investment:

    (a) reducing the waste or dissipation of energy; or

    (b) reducing the amount of energy required to accomplish a given quantity of work. See Montana Code 15-32-102

  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Executive branch: means the executive branch of state government referred to in Article III, section 1, and Article VI of the Montana constitution. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Family farm corporation: means a corporation that consists of immediate family members. See Montana Code 15-30-3002
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Function: means a duty, power, or program, exercised by or assigned to an agency, whether or not specifically provided for by law. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Game platform: means the electronic delivery system used to launch or play an interactive game. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Game sequel: means an interactive game that builds on the theme of a previously released interactive game, is distinguished by a new title, and features objectives or characters that are recognizably different from those in the original game. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Geographic region: has the meaning provided in 20-9-903. See Montana Code 15-30-3102
  • Geothermal system: means a system that transfers energy either from the ground, by way of a closed loop, or from ground water, by way of an open loop, for the purpose of heating or cooling a residential building. See Montana Code 15-32-102
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Gray water system: means a system to treat and distribute untreated household wastewater that meets the requirements of 75-5-305(2), 75-5-325 through 75-5-327, and all administrative rules and local government regulations conforming with those provisions. See Montana Code 15-24-3201
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Immediate family members: means family members that are within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity. See Montana Code 15-30-3002
  • Individual: means a human being and does not include an estate or trust. See Montana Code 15-30-3002
  • Information technology resources: means hardware, software, and associated services and infrastructure used to store or transmit information in any form, including voice, video, and electronic data. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Inorganic fertilizer produced as a byproduct: means enriched mine tailings, kiln dust, and reject rock that have been processed for use in increasing soil condition and fertility and includes soil amendments as that term is defined in 80-10-101. See Montana Code 15-32-302
  • Intangible property: Property that has no intrinsic value, but is merely the evidence of value such as stock certificates, bonds, and promissory notes.
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Knowingly: means only a knowledge that the facts exist which bring the act or omission within the provisions of this code. See Montana Code 1-1-204
  • Large district: has the meaning provided in 20-9-903. See Montana Code 15-30-3102
  • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Legislative session: That part of a chamber's daily session in which it considers legislative business (bills, resolutions, and actions related thereto).
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Life estate: A property interest limited in duration to the life of the individual holding the interest (life tenant).
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Loan-out company: means a personal service company contracted with and retained by a production company to provide individual personnel who are not employees of the production company, including actors, directors, producers, writers, production designers, production managers, costume designers, directors of photography, editors, casting directors, first assistant directors, second unit directors, stunt coordinators, and similar personnel, for performance of services used directly in a qualified production activity. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Multimarket commercial distribution: means paid commercial distribution that extends to markets outside the state. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Multiple dwelling project: means :

    (a) a residential condominium on common land consisting of residential units in single or multiunit structures for at least 25 occupants; or

    (b) a class four residential building as described in 15-6-134, or that portion of a class four building that is used for residential purposes, that has multiple residential units for at least 25 occupants and includes as much of the surrounding land, not exceeding 5 acres, as is reasonably necessary for its residential use. See Montana Code 15-24-3201

  • Oath: includes an affirmation or declaration. See Montana Code 1-1-201
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Organic fertilizer: means raw organic matter that has been processed and aged for use in increasing soil condition and fertility and includes soil amendments as that term is defined in 80-10-101. See Montana Code 15-32-302
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Partnership: has the meaning provided in 15-30-2101. See Montana Code 15-30-3102
  • Pass-through entity: has the meaning provided in 15-30-2101. See Montana Code 15-30-3102
  • Passive solar system: means a direct thermal energy system that uses the structure of a building and its operable components to provide heating or cooling during the appropriate times of the year by using the climate resources available at the site. See Montana Code 15-32-102
  • Person: includes a corporation or other entity as well as a natural person. See Montana Code 1-1-201
  • person: means an individual, corporation (domestic or foreign), partnership, association, joint-stock company, or syndicate. See Montana Code 15-1-102
  • Personal property: means money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Montana Code 1-1-205
  • Postproduction company: means a company that:

    (i) maintains a business location physically located in this state;

    (ii) is engaged in qualified postproduction activities;

    (iii) meets the requirements of 15-31-1005(4) in the tax year for which the postproduction company claims the tax credit provided for in 15-31-1009; and

    (iv) has been approved by the department of commerce to claim the credit provided for in 15-31-1009. See Montana Code 15-31-1003

  • Potable water system: means a privately owned public water supply system as defined in 75-6-102 that is used in common by all the dwellings of a multiple dwelling project. See Montana Code 15-24-3201
  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Printing: means the act of reproducing a design on a surface by any process. See Montana Code 1-1-203
  • Process: means a writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See Montana Code 1-1-202
  • Production company: means a company primarily engaged in qualified production activities that have been approved by the department of commerce. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Production expenditure: means a preproduction or production expenditure incurred in Montana that is directly used for a qualified production activity including:

    (i) set construction and operation;

    (ii) wardrobes, makeup, accessories, and related services;

    (iii) costs associated with photography and sound synchronization expenditures, excluding license fees, incurred with Montana companies for sound recordings and musical compositions, lighting, or related services and materials;

    (iv) editing and related services;

    (v) rental of facilities and equipment;

    (vi) leasing of vehicles, whether to be photographed or to transport people, equipment, or materials;

    (vii) lodging costs, including hotel rooms and private housing rentals paid for by the production company;

    (viii) per diem and living allowance paid to staff, cast, and crew members;

    (ix) digital, film, or tape editing, film processing, transfers of film to tape or digital format, sound mixing, computer graphics services, special effects services, visual effects services, and animation services;

    (x) airfare, if purchased through a Montana travel agency or travel company;

    (xi) insurance costs and bonding, if purchased through a Montana insurance agency; and

    (xii) other direct costs of producing the project in accordance with generally accepted entertainment industry practices and generally accepted accounting principles. See Montana Code 15-31-1003

  • Property: means real and personal property. See Montana Code 1-1-205
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • Qualified education provider: means an education provider that:

    (a) is not a public school;

    (b) (i) is accredited, has applied for accreditation, or is provisionally accredited by a state, regional, or national accreditation organization; or

    (ii) is a nonaccredited provider or tutor and has informed the child's parents or legal guardian in writing at the time of enrollment that the provider is not accredited and is not seeking accreditation;

    (c) is not a home school as referred to in 20-5-102(2)(e);

    (d) administers a nationally recognized standardized assessment test or criterion-referenced test and:

    (i) makes the results available to the child's parents or legal guardian; and

    (ii) administers the test for all 8th grade and 11th grade students and provides the overall scores on a publicly accessible private website or provides the composite results of the test to the office of public instruction for posting on its website;

    (e) satisfies the health and safety requirements prescribed by law for private schools in this state; and

    (f) qualifies for an exemption from compulsory enrollment under 20-5-102(2)(e) and 20-5-109. See Montana Code 15-30-3102

  • Qualified production: means a new film, video, or digital project including only feature films, series for theaters, television, or streaming, pilots, movies and scripted shows made for television or streaming, televised commercial advertisements, music videos, corporate videos, industrial films, production for website creation, television specials, sports events, video games, interactive entertainment, prereleased interactive games, and sound recording projects used in a feature film, series, pilot, or movie for television. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Qualified production activity: means the production of a new film, video, or digital project in this state and approved by the department of commerce, including only feature films, series for theaters, television, or streaming, pilots, movies and scripted shows made for television or streaming, televised commercial advertisements, music videos, corporate videos, industrial films, production for website creation, television specials, sports events, video games, interactive entertainment, prereleased interactive games, and sound recording projects used in a feature film, series, pilot, or movie for television. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Quasi-judicial function: means an adjudicatory function exercised by an agency, involving the exercise of judgment and discretion in making determinations in controversies. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Raw organic matter: means unprocessed plant or animal waste products. See Montana Code 15-32-302
  • Real property: means lands, tenements, hereditaments, and possessory title to public lands. See Montana Code 1-1-205
  • Recognized nonfossil forms of energy generation: means :

    (a) a system that captures energy or converts energy sources into usable sources, including electricity, by using:

    (i) solar energy, including passive solar systems;

    (ii) wind;

    (iii) solid waste;

    (iv) the decomposition of organic wastes;

    (v) geothermal;

    (vi) fuel cells that do not require hydrocarbon fuel; or

    (vii) an alternative energy system;

    (b) a system that produces electric power from biomass or solid wood wastes; or

    (c) a small system that uses water power by means of an impoundment that is not over 20 acres in surface area. See Montana Code 15-32-102

  • Recourse: An arrangement in which a bank retains, in form or in substance, any credit risk directly or indirectly associated with an asset it has sold (in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles) that exceeds a pro rata share of the bank's claim on the asset. If a bank has no claim on an asset it has sold, then the retention of any credit risk is recourse. Source: FDIC
  • Rehabilitation: means the process of returning a property to a state of utility through repair or alteration that makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those features of the property that are significant to its historical, architectural, and cultural values. See Montana Code 15-24-1602
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Resident: has the meaning provided in 15-30-2101. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Residential dwelling: means any class four residential dwelling described in 15-6-134 that is a single-family dwelling unit, including a trailer, manufactured home, or mobile home and as much of the surrounding land, not exceeding 5 acres, as is reasonably necessary for its use as a dwelling. See Montana Code 15-24-3201
  • Restoration: means the process of accurately recovering the form, details, and setting of a property as it appeared when it was originally built or constructed by removing later work or replacing missing earlier work. See Montana Code 15-24-1602
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Several: means two or more. See Montana Code 1-1-201
  • Small business corporation: has the meaning provided in 15-30-3301. See Montana Code 15-30-3102
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Montana Code 1-1-201
  • State-certified production: means a production engaged in qualified production activities and certified by the department of commerce as provided in 15-31-1004. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
  • Student scholarship organization: means a charitable organization in this state that:

    (a) is exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U. See Montana Code 15-30-3102

  • Taxpayer: has the meaning provided in 15-30-2101. See Montana Code 15-30-3102
  • Testify: means every mode of oral statement under oath or affirmation. See Montana Code 1-1-202
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trust account: A general term that covers all types of accounts in a trust department, such as estates, guardianships, and agencies. Source: OCC
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Underserved area: means a county in this state in which 14% or more people of all ages are in poverty as determined by the U. See Montana Code 15-31-1003
  • Unit: means an internal subdivision of an agency, created by law or by administrative action, including a division, bureau, section, or department, and an agency allocated to a department for administrative purposes only by this chapter. See Montana Code 2-15-102
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Montana Code 1-1-201
  • Willfully: when applied to the intent with which an act is done or omitted, means a purpose or willingness to commit the act or make the omission referred to. See Montana Code 1-1-204
  • Writ: means an order in writing issued in the name of the state or of a court or judicial officer. See Montana Code 1-1-202
  • Writing: includes printing. See Montana Code 1-1-203