Week Twelve of the 2021 Legislative Session:

What You Need to Know

The 2021 Legislative Session is in full swing and the Montana Women Vote staff are here to keep you informed and give you the tools to affect policy and create positive change in our state.

Join us Wednesday evening (6 – 7:30) for a Legislative Phone Bank! Facebook Event. We’ve been having a lot of fun every week calling Montanans to talk about issues and getting engaged with the legislative session.


Budget Week — HB 2

The Montana House of Representatives is debating the budget (House Bill 2) Monday and Tuesday of this week. This will result in some delays in hearings and floor votes. Ask your Representative to build up state services for those in need – not to advance tax cuts for the wealthy at (406) 444-4800 or send them a message through this online form. The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your address.

 

Priority Bills: 

Attacks on LGBTQ2S Rights/Discrimination by Design — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 215, carried by Sen. Carl Glimm, would allow individuals and businesses to legally discriminate against a person if they claim it burdens their religious expression. SB 215 passed the Senate and the House Judiciary Committee and is headed to the House floor.

Senate Bill 280, carried by Sen. Carl Glimm, would force transgender people to have surgery and go through a court process before their birth certificate could be changed to their correct gender. SB 280 passed the Senate and has a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee this Friday, March 26.

Call your representative at (406) 444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 215 and SB 280. The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

 

House Bill 427 and House Bill 112 are headed to the Senate floor. HB 427, carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical treatment. HB 112, carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender athletes from participating in sports in Montana public schools.

HBs 112 and 427 passed the House and the Senate Judiciary Committee and are headed to the Senate floor. They will likely have a Senate floor vote this week.

Call your senator at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 112 and HB 427The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your address.

 

Attacks on Low-Income Montanans — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 100, carried by Sen. Cary Smith, would make it more difficult for Montanans to qualify for public assistance programs. SB 100 passed the Senate and has a hearing in the House Human Services Committee on March 30. 

Call your representative and the House Human Services Committee today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 100! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

 

Senate Bill 159 and Senate Bill 182 are part of a package of special tax breaks for the wealthy who could get over $1,000 while the rest of us will get less than $20. SB 159 would reduce Montana’s top individual income tax rate, and SB 182 could trigger deep tax cuts in the future. SB 159 and SB 182 passed the Senate, had hearings in the House Taxation Committee, and are awaiting executive action.

Call your representative and the House Taxation Committee today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 159 and SB 182! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your address.

 

Native American Voting Rights Act — SUPPORT

House Bill 613, carried by Sen. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, will eliminate voting barriers that keep Indigenous voices and communities from being heard. 

Call your representative at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE YES on HB 613! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your address.

 

Attack on Tribal Sovereignty — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 214, carried by Sen. Greg Hertz, would revise the temporary tribal property tax exemption. This bill would punish tribes as they try to reclaim property stolen in a late-19th century land allotment policy. It would also be an absurdly unfair instance of one government taxing another sovereign government. HB 214 passed the Senate and has a hearing in the House Taxation Committee on Wednesday. 

Call your representative and the House Taxation Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 214! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your address.

 

Attack on Voting Rights — OPPOSE

House Bill 406, carried by Rep. Mark Noland, would effectively end the legal practice of ballot collection, disenfranchising low-income, Native American, and voters with disabilities en masse. HB 406 passed the House and has a hearing this afternoon in the Senate State Administration Committee. 

Call your representative and the Senate State Administration Committee at (406) 444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 406The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your address.