Week Seventeen 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.


Sine Die?

Sine Die, Latin for “without day”, signifies the final adjournment of the Montana Legislature, or the end of the legislative session. Lawmakers in Helena are sprinting toward the finish, and it looks like the session could wrap up this week.

Look out for updates and post-legislature reports from Montana Women Vote. We look forward to continuing conversations about building power around issues and policies that help our communities to thrive.

What questions do you have about the legislative session? What do you want to hear from us about after Sine Die? Click here to let us know!


Priority Bills: 

Double SNAP Dollars — SUPPORT

House Bill 235 would provide $95,000 in state funding to expand access to Montana’s Double SNAP Dollars program. Double SNAP Dollars helps Montana families, seniors, and other low-income households stretch their SNAP dollars and afford fresh, healthy foods, while directly supporting local farmers and community food systems. HB 235 passed the MT House and Senate, and is headed to the Governor’s desk to be either vetoed or signed into law.

Call Governor Gianforte today at (406) 444-3111 or send him a message through this online form, and ask him to SIGN HB 235!

 

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 passed the MT House and Senate, and is headed to the Governor’s desk to be either vetoed or signed into law.

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

 

Recreational Cannabis

House Bill 701: The Montana Legislature has been working to implement Initiative 190, which passed 56.9% to 43.1% last November, legalizing recreational cannabis in Montana. A draft version of HB 701 includes language that would expunge criminal records of people previously arrested for marijuana use and limit growing marijuana at home. HB 701 passed the Senate and is headed back to the House to be concurred before it is sent to the Governor’s desk. 


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