Legislative Background Brief for the Economic Affairs Interim Committee

July 11, 2014

What started as a subcommittee of the 2013-2014 Economic Affairs Interim Committee to look into Montana's 12-day "sell-by" milk rule evolved after one subcommittee meeting to a white paper overview of how Montana regulates milk sales now and how regulation occurred in the past. However, this white paper is not a study of the milk industry in Montana. Rather, the paper builds on a staff document provided to the subcommittee in March 2014--entitled "Review of Other States' Milk Policies and Other Background Information for Discussion of Montana's 12- Day Sell-By Rule"--and includes the following additional information: what Idaho and Wyoming require in terms of milk sell-by or use-by labeling. Neither has anything in statute requiring a sell-by or use-by date on Grade A milk, which means by default that any date on the packages is put there by the processor.some history on milk price controls, which were dropped from retail, wholesale, and jobber (distribution) sales in 1995.

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The Licking County Planning and Development Department serves as the home for the Licking County Planning Commission (LCPC), the Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS), and Licking County Community Development. Collectively, these three organizations manage long-range planning, development regulations (including subdivisions, floodplains, and access management), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), transportation, grants, and fair housing programs. The Planning and Development Department serves as the home for several boards and committees, as well as for special projects including CycLicking® and the Ohio National Road Association (ONRA).

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The National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States

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Compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 1075

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The Licking County Planning and Development Department serves as the home for the Licking County Planning Commission (LCPC), the Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS), and Licking County Community Development. Collectively, these three organizations manage long-range planning, development regulations (including subdivisions, floodplains, and access management), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), transportation, grants, and fair housing programs. The Planning and Development Department serves as the home for several boards and committees, as well as for special projects including CycLicking® and the Ohio National Road Association (ONRA).

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