2017 Session 

Bad Bill Bob's Commentary on SB198

There are multiple ways to divide land according to Montana law. Typically land                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
division considered by the county commissioners is done according to subdivision                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
review. HOWEVER, there are sections of law that provide for division that are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
EXEMPT from review. One typical way is with a 'family transfer'. That type is EXEMPT,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
pure and simple. This bill suddenly adds review to the process. There are times                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
when a landowner wants to carve of some acres that could be remote and are to be                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
gifted to a son or daughter. This bill adds a requirement for legal access - thus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
review. Is the request for division EXEMPT OR NOT? The bill, inserts government into                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
a process where previous legislatures refused to go.