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Jan 8, 2013 11:28 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News

MT House Appropriations Committee passes Feed Bill

HELENA - The House Appropriations Committee of the Montana Legislature passed House Bill 1, known as the Feed Bill, on Tuesday.

The bill contains $8.5 million in spending to operate the 63rd legislative session, including salaries and benefits for staff, and health insurance and retirement benefits for legislators.

The total cost to operate the Senate is just over $3 million, while the House is just over $5 million

The legislator's salaries are not included in this bill; they will be included in the main budget bill.

Legislators are paid $82.64 per day for every day of the 90-day legislative session, plus $109.78 each day for per diem to cover the cost of food and housing while they are in Helena.

Legislators are given the option to participate in the state's health insurance plan which is valued at $733 per month.

You can read the Feed Bill by clicking here.

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