Montana Governor: 4 Commissions To Distribute ARPA Funds

HELENA, MT (STL.News) Governor Greg Gianforte announced four commissions to provide recommendations for allocating federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The commissions – focusing on infrastructure, communications, economic stabilization/workforce, and health care – are comprised of three members of the Montana Senate, three to four members of the Montana House of Representatives, and three appointees from the executive branch.

The commissions, their purposes, and their members are as follows:

Infrastructure Advisory Commission

The Infrastructure Advisory Commission will review applications for funding for state capital projects and state and local government water and sewer infrastructure projects and provide recommendations to the executive on which projects should be funded.  Commission members include:

Sen. Doug Kary (R-Billings)
Sen. Mike Cuffe (R-Eureka)
Sen. Ellie Boldman (D-Missoula)
Rep. Dan Bartel (R-Lewistown)
Rep. Sue Vinton (R-Billings)
Rep. Jim Keane (D-Butte)
Amanda Kaster, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Chris Dorrington, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality
Rachel Meredith, Counsel to Governor Gianforte

Communications Advisory Commission

The Communications Advisory Commission will review recommendations for projects related to broadband infrastructure.

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