(1) Section 2-4-315, MCA, authorizes an interested person or member of the Legislature acting on behalf of an interested person when the Legislature is not in session, to petition an agency to adopt, amend, or repeal a rule.
(a) The petition shall be in writing, signed by or on behalf of the petitioner, and shall contain, as illustrated by template 308a (https://sosmt.gov/arm/templates), a detailed statement of:
(i) the name and address of petitioner and of any other person known by petitioner to be interested in the rule sought to be adopted, amended, or repealed;
(ii) sufficient facts to show how petitioner will be affected by adoption, amendment, or repeal of the rule;
(iii) the rule that the petitioner requests the agency adopt, amend, or repeal. Where amendment of an existing rule is sought, the rule shall be set forth in the petition with proposed deletions interlined and proposed additions underlined; and
(iv) facts and propositions of law in sufficient detail to show the reasons for adoption, amendment, or repeal of the rule.
(b) Legislators may petition an agency on behalf of interested parties through an informal letter or memorandum. The petition should include the name of the person or a description of the class of persons on whose behalf the legislator acts. Petitions filed by the appropriate administrative rule review committee of the Legislature need not be brought on the behalf of any specifically interested party. Any petition from the Legislature or its members should comply with (1)(a)(iii) and (iv).
(2) The petition shall be considered filed when received by the agency.
(3) Upon receipt of the petition, the agency:
(a) may, but is not required to, schedule a hearing or oral presentation of petitioner's or interested person's views to assist in developing the record;
(b) shall, within 60 days after date of submission of the petition, either:
(i) issue an order denying the petition; or
(ii) initiate rulemaking proceedings in accordance with MAPA.
(4) A decision to deny a petition or to initiate rulemaking proceedings must:
(a) be in writing;
(b) be based on record evidence, including any information submitted by petitioner, the agency, and interested persons; and
(c) include the reasons for the decision.