Week Sixteen 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.
In an amendment to House Bill 686, Republicans are trying to establish a politically-appointed panel to second-guess a physician’s decision to provide an abortion. This amendment to HB 686 would require that before the state may reimburse a provider for any service related to an abortion, a tribunal of three politically-appointed physicians gets to decide if a safe, legal abortion meets the arbitrary reimbursement criteria established by the state.
In an unprecedented political attack, the Governor, Senate President, and the Speaker of the House will be able to appoint a physician to the Abortion Court where their sole job will be to second-guess the decisions of their peers by investigating private medical records.
The amendment will be voted on this week, so send an electronic message and tell them that this is cruel, inappropriate, unconstitutional, and an unprecedented invasion of privacy.
Senate Bill 100, carried by Sen. Cary Smith, would’ve made 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. SB 100 was tabled in the House Human Services committee last week.
Even though the bill was tabled, our work is not done, and this bill could be revived at any time.
Call Representatives Welch, Stomswold, Frazer, Greef, and Hill today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and thank them for OPPOSING SB 100! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.
Tax Breaks for the Wealthy — OPPOSE
Senate Bill 399 carried by Sen. Greg Hertz: Legislators in Helena are trying to ram through a massive overhaul of our tax system that would actually end up increasing taxes on 1 in 5 Montana taxpayers. And they’re doing this at the 11th hour with very little input from Montanans.
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 399! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.
Attacks on LGBTQ2S Rights/Discrimination by Design — OPPOSE
House Bill 112, carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender athletes from participating in sports in Montana public schools. HB 112 has a hearing in a Conference Committee today, which means that the House and the Senate are trying to agree on amendments, and the outcome is unclear.
Call Governor Gianforte today at (406) 444-3111 or send him a message through this online form, and ask him to VETO HB 112!