Currently when an incident response results from activation of the state disaster and emergency plan, the Governor may by executive order use appropriated state money only for the incident response costs of the state and may not use any of it to reimburse local government or tribal government for incident response costs.
The Montana State Fire Chiefs Association has been working to expand the incident management capabilities of Montana at the local level. In order to better fund local involvement in the costs of incident responses, they are proposing that the Governor’s executive order would allow for incident response costs incurred by an all-hazard incident management assistance team response, as governed in Title 10, chapter 3, part 12, MCA. The current provision that prohibits reimbursement of local government or tribal government would be removed.
MLCT will support broadening the Governor’s authority to reimburse local government for its costs incurred by an all-hazard incident management assistance team.