Executive Order 19-02
State of Montana
Office of the Governor
Executive Order Continuing the Governor's Hiv/Aids Advisory Council
WHEREAS, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that
causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), claims a life in
the United States every twenty-four minutes, and is the fifth
leading cause of death for men and women between the ages 25-44;
WHEREAS, Montana State Government has a significant interest in
protecting the public health; and
WHEREAS, Montana has both the opportunity and the obligation to
provide a constructive response to this HIV epidemic; and
WHEREAS, such a response necessarily requires the commitment and
resources of all levels of government coupled with a firm
partnership with the private sector in order to effectively stem
the spread of this disease; and
WHEREAS, the 1994 "Report to the Governor: Montana
Responds to HIV/AIDS" and previous AIDS advisory councils have
recommended the multiplicity of issues that transcend the singular
responsibility of any one state agency; and
WHEREAS, the need for an advisory and leadership mechanism is
critical for an effective and publicly supported response to a very
serious public health issue.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JUDY MARTZ, Governor of the State of Montana,
by the authority vested in me by Article VI, Section 4 of the
Montana Constitution, and Section 2-15-201, MCA, do hereby
establish the Governor's HIV/AIDS Advisory Council.
The Council shall provide the leadership required to recommend
public policy to the Governor and Department Directors concerning
the initiation, coordination, promotion, implementation and
evaluation of services and activities that can effectively arrest
the spread of the HIV infection and provide humane treatment for
those that are or become infected; and
The Department of Public Health and Human Services shall
organize Regional HIV Prevention Community Planning groups
according to the Governor's Health Planning Districts and in
accordance with the Centers for Disease Control's HIV Prevention
Community Planning process guidance. These regional planning
groups shall submit recommendations for a comprehensive Montana HIV
prevention plan to the Council for review and response.
The Council shall meet regularly at the call of its Chair to
seek information, discuss strategies to fulfill its purpose and act
in its discretion to carry out the decisions it reaches.
The names and addresses of members who shall serve at the
pleasure of the Governor are submitted by separate letter to the
Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Secretary of
State. Staff support shall be provided by the Department of
Public Health and Human Services.
The Council shall exist for a period of two years from the
effective date of this Order unless extended by subsequent
This Order is effective immediately.
GIVEN under my hand and the GREAT
SEAL of the State of Montana,
this ___ day of July, 2002.
JUDY MARTZ, Governor
BOB BROWN, Secretary of State