Week Two 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.
Week 2 Priority Bills:
Anti-Trans Bills — OPPOSE
House Bill 112, carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender athletes from participating in sports in Montana public schools.
House Bill 113, also carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical treatment.
Transgender and nonbinary youth deserve to be safe from discrimination in Montana.
Call your representative and the House Judiciary Committee today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to OPPOSE both HB 112 and HB 113! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Bills — SUPPORT
Senate Bill 4, carried by Sen. Jason Small, would extend the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force. SB 4 will have a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12 at 9 am. It is too late to sign up to testify, but you can watch the hearing here.
House Bill 35, carried by Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, would establish a Missing Persons Review Commission. HB 35 will have a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, January 13 at 8 am. Sign up to testify remotely before noon tomorrow.
These bills are important steps toward addressing the MMIW crisis in Montana.
Call your legislators at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT both SB 4 and HB 35! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.
Tax Fairness Bill — SUPPORT
Senate Bill 11, carried by Sen. Jill Cohenour, would increase the minimum corporate income tax in Montana. The minimum corporate tax has been $50 since 1969, and this tax has not been adjusted for inflation nor for our changing economy since then. SB 11 will have a hearing in the Senate Taxation Committee on Wednesday, January 13 at 8 am.
Call your senator at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT both SB 11! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.
COVID-19 Legislative Panel
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the U.S. and Montana, the Legislature has convened a Legislative Leadership COVID-19 Response Panel to discuss what actions, if any, the legislature would take in response to the pandemic. On Friday, the panel adopted new guidelines “advising” lawmakers to immediately notify legislative leaders if they’re diagnosed with COVID-19 and notify the local health department to begin contact tracing. They also voted to “highly encourage” mask-wearing and daily temperature checks for all legislators and visitors entering the Capitol.
The Legislative COVID-19 Response Panel will meet again tomorrow and is expected to consider more measures.
Send a message to the panel asking them to REQUIRE masks and temperature checks, and adhere to local public health guidelines!