Week Nine of the 2021 Legislative Session:

Transmittal, 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 Tuesday evening (6 – 7:30) for a Legislative Phone Bank! Register here.


Transmittal – Priority Bills: 

Transmittal is a 3 or 4 day break from the legislative session that begins this week. Before this break, most bills must have been sent to the second chamber for consideration after having been passed by the first chamber (House or Senate). Most bills that are not halfway through the process of being passed will die this week. Revenue and appropriations bills have two more weeks before they must be transmitted. 

So, we’re halfway through the 2021 Legislative Session. What are our top priorities at this point?

 

Attacks on LGBTQ2S Rights — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 215, carried by Sen. Carl Glimm, would allow individuals and businesses to legally discriminate against a person if they claim it burdens their religious expression. Unfortunately, SB 215 passed the Montana Senate this morning 26-24, and it is headed to the House of Representatives. 

Call your representative 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.

 

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. SB 280 is on second reading in the Senate TODAY. 

Call your senator ASAP at (406) 444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 280The 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, but HB 427 passed the House and is headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee

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 Judiciary Committee

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 HB 427The 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.

 

Native American Voting Rights Act — SUPPORT

House Bill 613, carried by Sen. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, will eliminate voting barriers that keep Indigenous voices and communities from being heard

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 YES on HB 613! 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 Low-Income Montanans — OPPOSE

Senate Bill 159 and Senate Bill 182 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, and SB 182 could trigger deep tax cuts in the future. SB 159 and SB 182 passed the Senate and are headed to the House. 

Senate Bill 100, carried by Sen. Cary Smith, would make it more difficult for Montanans to qualify for public assistance programs. SB 100 passed the Senate and is headed to the House. 

Call your representative 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, and SB 182! 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.

 

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. SB 315 is on second reading in the Senate TODAY. 

Call your senator ASAP 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 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 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.