Week Fourteen 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 Thursday evening (6 – 7:30) for a Legislative Phone Bank! This week, we will be calling voters in targeted districts and asking them to ask their Senators to vote NO on House Bill 427, which would ban transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical treatmentClick here to register.


Veto Requests:

When a bill has passed the MT Legislature, a veto by the Governor is the last chance to stop a bill from passing. The Montana Legislature continues to advance a harmful agenda, and many of these bills are making their way to the Governor’s desk to be either vetoed or signed into law. 

Discrimination by Design — VETO

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 has passed both the MT Senate and the MT House of Representatives.

House Bill 112, carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender athletes from participating in sports in Montana public schools. HB 112 has passed both the MT Senate and the MT House of Representatives.

House Bill 176, carried by Rep. Sharon Greef, would eliminate Election Day/Same-Day Voter Registration, systematically disenfranchising low-income, Indigenous, and voters living with disabilities. 

Call Governor Gianforte today at (406) 444-3111 or send him a message through this online form, and ask him to VETO SB 215, HB 112, and HB 176!

 

Priority Bills: 

Attacks on Healthcare and our Social Safety Net — OPPOSE

The Legislature is currently making it harder for families and individuals to access healthcare and other programs that keep communities safe. 

Senate Bill 100, carried by Sen. Cary Smith, would make it more difficult for Montanans to qualify for public assistance programs, leading to low-income folks losing healthcare or SNAP benefits, even if they’re eligible for those programs.

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.

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

 

Tax Breaks for the Wealthy — OPPOSE

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 passed the Senate, had a hearing in the House Taxation Committee, and is awaiting executive action. SB 182 passed the Senate and the House Taxation Committee and is headed to the House floor. 

Call your representative 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.

 

Attacks on LGBTQ2S Rights/Discrimination by Design — OPPOSE

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 the House Judiciary Committee and is headed to the House floor.

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

 

House Bill 427, carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical treatment. HB 427 passed the House and the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed to the Senate floor. 

If you want to join us in calling voters in targeted districts and asking them to ask their Senators to vote NO on House Bill 427, sign up for Thursday’s Phone Bank!

Call your senator at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on 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.