Week Three 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 3 Priority Bills: 

Anti-Abortion Bills — OPPOSE

House Bill 136, carried by Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, would ban abortions at 20 weeks, regardless of the health of the patient or fetus, and criminalize doctors who provide them. It would also potentially endanger those who seek abortions by letting courts decide whether or not to keep their names private.

House Bill 140, carried by Rep. Amy Regier, would require that healthcare providers record whether or not a patient chose to view an ultrasound or listen to a fetal heartbeat. This bill claims to provide patients with more information but ultimately seeks to shame and dissuade them from exercising their constitutional right to abortion.

House Bill 167, carried by Rep. Matt Regier, would, as a referendum, put patients’ health and privacy up to a vote with the ultimate goal of banning abortion altogether. This bill inflammatory language to drive a false narrative and stigmatize abortion in Montana.

House Bill 171, carried by Rep. Sharon Greef, would keep Montanans from accessing medication abortion, delaying access to health care, and creating barriers to care — especially for those in rural areas.

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 VOTE NO ON HB 136, HB 140, HB 167, and HB 171! 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.

 

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. 

House Bills 112 and 113 had hearings this morning in the House Judiciary Committee. The committee will likely vote on these bills in the next week or so. Montana Women Vote will keep you posted on the status of these bills.

 

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. These programs and services are essential to maintaining healthy communities and families in Montana, and making them more difficult to access would cause undue harm to low-income Montanans already struggling amidst a global pandemic. 

Call your senator and the Senate Public Health Welfare and Safety 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.

 

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Bills — SUPPORT

House Bill 35, carried by Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, would establish a Missing Persons Review Commission. 

House Bill 36, carried by Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, would establish a missing persons response team training grant program. 

These bills are important steps toward addressing the MMIW crisis in Montana. House Bills 35 and 36 will have hearings in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, January 21 at 8 amSign up to testify remotely before noon on Wednesday.

Call your representative and the House Judiciary Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT both HB 35 and HB 36! 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.

 

Voting Rights Attack — OPPOSE

House Bill 176, carried by Rep. Sharon Greef, would eliminate Election Day/Same Day Voter Registration and end late voter registration at 5 pm on the Friday before Election Day. Low-income Montanans rely on Election Day Voter Registration to make their voices heard at the ballot box. HB 176 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing, but may be scheduled this week. 

Call your representative at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to OPPOSE HB 176! 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.