Week Five 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.


Priority Bills: 

Attacks on Low-Income Montanans — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 159, carried by Sen. Greg Hertz, would lower income taxes for primarily wealthy households in Montana, and decrease revenue for social programs. 

Call your senator and the Senate Taxation Committee today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO ON SB 159! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

House Bill 261, carried by Rep. Derek Skees, would limit the options Montana has to raise revenue, which would hurt funding for our social safety net programs now and in the future.

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 261! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

Senate Bill 100, carried by Sen. Cary Smith, would make it more difficult for Montanans to qualify for public assistance programs. Making these programs and services 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.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous People — SUPPORT

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

House Bill 98, carried by Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, would extend the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force and the LINC grant program.

Senate Bill 4, carried by Sen. Jason Small, would extend the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force.

Call your representative at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT HB 35, HB 98, and SB 4! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

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

HB 36 has passed the House and is headed to the Senate. Call your senator and the Senate Judiciary Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT HB 36! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

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Reproductive Rights and Health Attacks — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 99, carried by Sen. Cary Smith, is an attempt to create barriers to sex education in Montana’s schools.

Call your senator and the Senate Education and Cultural Affairs Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO ON SB 99! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

House Bill 229, carried by Rep. Jane Gillette, would blatantly interfere in Montanans’ right to make personal health care decisions by blocking abortion coverage in private insurance policies offered through the ACA‘s health insurance exchange.

Call your representative at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO ON HB 229! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

House Bill 136, carried by Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, would ban abortions at 20 weeks, criminalize doctors who provide them, and compromise the privacy of those who seek abortions.

House Bill 140, carried by Rep. Amy Regier, ultimately seeks to shame and dissuade patients 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.

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.

These four bills have passed the House and are headed to the Senate. Call your senator and the Senate Judiciary Committee 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 Bill — OPPOSE

House Bill 112, carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender athletes from participating in sports in Montana public schools. Transgender and nonbinary youth deserve to be safe from discrimination in Montana. 

HB 112 has passed the House and is headed to the MT Senate. Call your senator at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO ON HB 112! 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.