Week Six 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: 

Indigenous Justice — SUPPORT

Senate Bill 146, carried by Sen. Shane Morigeau, would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day on the list of state holidays.

Senate Bill 94, carried by Sen. Susan Webber, would establish Indigenous People’s Day in Montana, stating that the second Monday in October may be recognized as Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is about acknowledging Indigenous peoples’ complex history in this country and celebrating the culture, heritage, and strength of Native communities everywhere.

Both SB 146 and SB 94 will have hearings in the Senate State Administration Committee on Wednesday, February 10 at 3 pmSign up to testify remotely before noon on Tuesday.

Call your senator and the Senate State Administration Committee today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE YES ON SB 146 and SB 94! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave — SUPPORT

House Bill 228, carried by Rep. Moffie Funk, would establish a family and medical leave insurance act in Montana. Paid family and medical leave allows workers to take time to care for themselves or their loved ones without losing much-needed income or having to leave their jobs altogether.

HB 228 will have a hearing in the House Business and Labor Committee on Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 amSign up to testify remotely before noon on Tuesday.

Call your representative and the House Business and Labor Committee today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE YES ON HB 228The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

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Attacks on Low-Income Montanans — OPPOSE

House Bill 303, carried by Rep. Joshua Kassmier, would increase the business equipment exemption to the first $200,000 in value, eliminating another 4,000 large businesses from the remaining 9,000 businesses paying business equipment tax. This would decrease revenue to the state and reduce funding for other spending priorities that can do more to help families and the economic recovery of Montana.

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 HB 303! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

Senate Bill 159, carried by Sen. Greg Hertz, would reduce the top individual income tax rate, disproportionately benefiting the wealthiest Montanans, with 79% of the tax cut going to the wealthiest 20% of Montanans. SB 159 would also reduce funding for essential programs and services that support Montanans and our communities. 

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.

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Attack on Tribal Sovereignty — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 138, carried by Sen. Greg Hertz, would repeal the temporary tribal property tax exemption. This bill would punish tribes as they try to reclaim property stolen in a late-19th century land allotment policy. It would also be an absurdly unfair instance of one government taxing another sovereign government.

Call your senator and the Senate Taxation Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 138! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

House Bill 241, carried by Rep. Joe Read, would require the Fish and Wildlife Commission to allow hunting by nontribal members on fee lands within the exterior boundaries of a reservation

Call your representative and the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 241! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

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