Week Eight 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.

Join us Wednesday evening (6 – 7:30) for a Legislative Phone Bank! Register here.


Priority Bills: 

Attacks on Low-Income Montanans — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 159Senate Bill 182, and Senate Bill 184 are part of a package of special tax breaks for the wealthy who could get $1,000 while the rest of us will get less than $20. SB 159 would reduce Montana’s top individual income tax rate, SB 182 could trigger deep tax cuts in the future, and SB 184 exempts corporations from taxes on capital gains income, further rewarding wealth over work.

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

Call your senator today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 100, SB 159, SB 182, and SB 184! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

 

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.

To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your address.

 

Economic Justice — SUPPORT

House Bill 424, carried by Rep. Emma Kerr-Carpenter, better known as the “Robin Hood Bill,” would add a top income tax bracket for those making over $500,000/year and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit. 

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 YES on HB 424! 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.

 

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 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.

 

House Bill 427, carried by Rep. John Fuller, 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 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 427The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

 

House Bill 112, carried by Rep. John Fuller, would ban transgender athletes from participating in sports in Montana public schools. HB 112 has passed the House and is headed to the Senate. 

Senate Bill 280, carried by Sen. Carl Glimm, would force transgender people to have surgery and go through a court process before their birth certificate could be changed to their correct gender.

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 HB 112 and SB 280The 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.

 

Attack on Reproductive Rights — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 315, carried by Sen. David Howard, would compromise patients’ health and privacy with the ultimate goal of banning abortion altogether. This bill inflammatory language to drive a false narrative and stigmatize abortion in Montana.

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 315The 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.

 

Attacks on Voting Rights — OPPOSE

House Bill 455, carried by Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, would gut Montana’s absentee voting system by eliminating the permanent absentee list, requiring that ballots be mailed to a voter’s residence address, eliminating in-person absentee voting for voters with disabilities, and more. This bill would wreak havoc on our election processes.

Call your representative and the House State Administration Committee at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 455! The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

 

House Bill 406, carried by Rep. Mark Noland, would effectively end the legal practice of ballot collection, disenfranchising low-income, Native American, and voters with disabilities en masse.

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 VOTE NO on HB 406! 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.