Thursday, September 25, 2014

Final Push for Campaign Funds!

Donate to Reilly Neill Online!

Click here to go to ACTBLUE where you can make an online donation to Reilly's Neill's campaign.

Donations may also be mailed to Reilly Neill for HD 60, 204 South 6th Street, Livingston, Montana, 59047.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day of Action for the Candidate!

Please come out and help support Representative Reilly Neill in Livingston!

Saturday, September 27 at 9:30 a.m. at 204 South Sixth Street in Livingston!

We will join volunteers from across the state to get out the vote and go door-to-door in support of Representative Reilly Neill. Literature and signage for the candidate will be available.

Please join us on Saturday for this day of action kicked off with delicious Granny's Gourmet doughnuts and hot coffee.

Please call 406-370-1492 to arrange to attend or simply show up!

Let's send Representative Reilly back to Helena in 2015!

State Seeks Public Comment on Water Plan


The Montana Department of Natural Resources has issued the Draft State Water Plan, a plan encompassing the work of four basins, conservation districts and State department experts.

Visit this site to read the plan in its entirety: Montana Draft State Water Plan

On the page above is also a listing of all upcoming public comment sessions. For Livingston and Park County, meetings will be held:

Yellowstone Basin: October 1, Big Timber, Carnegie Library from 7 to 9 p.m.

Upper Missouri Basin: October, Bozeman, Holiday Inn from 7 to 9 p.m.

As a member of the Water Policy Interim Committee Representative Reilly Neill has been involved in the oversight of drafting this plan, which intended to be a blueprint for water policy in the State for the next 20 years.

Please call Representative Neill for more information at 406-370-1492.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Backyard BBQ Fund Raiser!


Join candidate for HD 60 Reilly Neill at a backyard barbecue at her family's home at 204 South 6th Street in Livingston (corner of 6th and Lewis). Enjoy great grilled treats from Brad Snow, libations and updates from the candidate about her work in Helena and visions for the future. Everyone welcome! Bring a friend! Call (406) 370-1492 for more information.

We suggest a donation to the campaign of $25, but we encourage all contributions to help Reilly get back to Helena for the 2015 session!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Representative Neill Files for 2015 Legislative Position

On January 9, 2014 Representative Reilly Neill filed for re-election in the Livingston State House district, District 60. Redistricting across the state has re-named and re-sized the Livingston district. Re-districting maps and information may be found here.

In her work at the state level, Representative Reilly Neill has pledged to continue to do her best to represent the interests of the Livingston community. While there will be issues of contention in Livingston and many members of the community will disagree on issues, there are many issues the people of the Livingston community CAN agree on, Neill says.

"Let's go forward still trying to work together on the things that benefit us all," she adds.

"I have worked hard to take broad perspectives along with individual views of the citizens of Livingston to a larger audience in Helena and the state legislature. I have approached this work in in the Capitol with integrity," Neill says.

Representative Neill says she wants to know how she can speak for each citizen of the community. Politicians in their natural state do not easily have access to good information about their constituent viewpoint, she notes, so she encourages those of District 60 to reach out to her and let her know any concerns.

Contact Representative Neill by emailing reprneill@gmail.com or call or text (406) 370-1492.

Neill says she hopes to continue to serve the community at the state level: "I'm thankful to the citizens of Livingston for the opportunity to serve and hope I may have the honor again in 2015."
Climate Change and the State Water Plan

This past week in Helena, the Water Policy Interim Committee heard a panel discussion on the future of agricultural water use in Montana in regards to climate variability. Professors and scientists from around the world presented comprehensive data on surface and satellite water and temperature readings along with descriptions of trends of consensus and models currently accepted and in use around the globe.

A panelist from the Department of Natural Resources described the many ways their department is attempting to incorporate the benefits of this scientific and analytic research into the State Water Plan.

Listen to a story on the panel discussion and Representative Reilly Neill's work in the committee on Montana Public Radio here.

A full video of the proceedings can be found here.
A Look Back at the 2013 Session in Helena

By Representative Reilly Neill

As I have served Livingston in the capacity as State Representative, I have been alerted to many issues facing the community by my constituents.

From bison containment strategy to gun laws, craft brewery regulations to tort reform and educational funding to our primary work in the State House: balancing the State budget, I have been contacted by a wide variety of constituents on these many issues since my election. It has been my intention to respond to every email, letter, fax, text message or phone call. I profess to have tried my very best to hear all concerns from the Livingston and Park County communities.

As a working single mother of a 4-year-old son, I was confronted with many logistical challenges in serving in the 63rd legislative session. I worked six days a week to attend all committee hearings possible and be present for each vote on the house floor. I was lucky to work with both Park County Representative Alan Redfield and Senator Ron Arthun. Although we may differ on issues due to the difference in our constituencies, both the legislators from the Park County community do a good job of representing the people who elected them and in working with the legislature to encourage civil discourse and discussion. I’m proud to serve with them both.

Since arriving as a freshman to the State House, I have lamented at times how brief is the time for getting work accomplished and how quickly one must serve upon getting elected. I sincerely wish more time was available to examine the issues of importance to the Livingston community before taking the seat in the House. Processing the sheer volume of issues and information presented in just 90 days at the State level is a definite challenge. A few local issues have stood out in this process.

I’ve voted to provide funding for railway/road crossing needs across the state. I’ve also voted twice to pass the budget unamended in order to encourage the process. Among the many issues under discussion at a local level last session were gun rights. Representing the majority of my constituency I have voted to support Second Amendment rights by continuing to encourage pro-active legislation to encourage responsible gun ownership.

Wildlife management legislation and, in particular, the issue of bison containment has also been a subject under much discussion locally. I favor using collective discussion of many parties (ranchers, farmers, biologists, and the general public) to determine the best place for these animals on the Montana landscape. I also support responsible overall wildlife management legislation developed in a bi-partisan manner.

There are sometimes losses for a percentage of my constituents in some of this legislation, as there are gains for other constituents but compromise is essential for work to move forward.

The primary issue I work on at present is a bi-partisan effort to study climate variability in Montana’s agricultural sector in regards to water supply and demand, a interim study being examined in the Water Policy Interim Committee during the year and a half before the next election.

Nearly every state across the US has such studies underway as well as Federal studies which have been conducted since the late 1970s. In order to be prepared for coming shifts in traditional agriculture already evidenced throughout the state, it would be wise for Montana to devote energy to assessing challenges in our #1 economic sector.

I encourage my constituency to continue contacting me regarding issues of importance. I can be reached directly via email at reprneill@gmail.com or by phone or text at (406) 370-1492. Many thanks to all who have shared their concerns with me throughout the session and I hope the community will continue to reach out over the coming year.