Week Seven 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.

Take a look at this powerful editorial from the former Republican Kansas Majority Leader providing a cautionary tale about what happened in their state with massive tax cuts. Share it if you can!


Priority Bills: 

Attacks on LGBTQ2S Rights — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 215, carried by Sen. Carl Glimm, would allow any person, business, or other entity to legally discriminate against a person if they claim it burdens their religious expression. This means that individuals could decide that non-discrimination laws, child abuse laws, and domestic violence laws don’t apply to them.

Call your senator and the Senate Judiciary Committee today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO ON SB 215The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

LC 2290, carried by Rep. Jennifer Carlson, is a second attempt to ban transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical treatment. HB 113, the previous version of this bill, died in the MT House of Representatives.

Call your representative and Rep. Carlson today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to OPPOSE LC 2290The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

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Attack on Reproductive Rights — OPPOSE

House Bill 337, carried by Rep. Caleb Hinkle, is an attempt to give a fertilized egg, a zygote, or a fetus all of the same legal rights that you have as a Montanan. That means zero access to safe abortion and potentially even a ban on common forms of birth control such as the pill, IUDs, or emergency contraception — even for victims of rape or incest. 

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 337The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

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Attacks on Low-Income Montanans — OPPOSE

House Bill 339, carried by Rep. Frank Fleming, would require child support cooperation for food stamp eligibility. This is another attempt to decrease services and kick people off of food stamps, causing undue harm to low-income Montanans already struggling amidst a global pandemic.

Call your representative and the House Human Services Committee today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO ON HB 339! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.SB 100

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

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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Attacks on Tribal Sovereignty — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 214, carried by Sen. Greg Hertz, would revise 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 214! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

House Bill 302, carried by Rep. Joshua Kassmier, would require county approval to relocate bison. This is a direct attack on tribal sovereignty that would prevent tribal nations from relocating bison onto tribal lands without approval.

Call your representative and the House Agriculture Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 302! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

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Attack on Voting Rights — 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. HB 176 has passed the House and has a hearing today (Monday) in the Senate State Administration Committee. 

Call your senator and the Senate State Administration Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO ON 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.