Board of Health argument continues; Great Falls to seek legal opinion

Alonzo Osche

City commissioners agreed not to sign the county’s signed memorandum of understanding that would institute the county commission as the interim governing body to oversee the Board of Health (BOH) during their work session Tuesday evening. 

The county rejected the suggestion that the city previously proposed for there to be an ex-officio or non-voting city commissioner as part of the interim governing body, questioning the legality of the joint participation under HB 121.

Legislation passed during the last session, including House Bills 121 and 257, require an oversight governing body for the BOH that would have the power to amend decisions made by the BOH in a time of emergency. 

The city had yet to sign the amended document and during this meeting, decided against doing so until a legal opinion could determine what the makeup of the “governing body” was supposed to be for a joint city and county health board. 

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