Week 11 of the 2019 Legislative Session:

What You Need to Know

The 2019 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 change in our state.

Week 11 Priority Bills

Medicaid Expansion – SUPPORT

Montana’s Medicaid expansion program provides health insurance to nearly 100,000 Montanans, but without legislative action, the program will expire in July 2019.

Some legislators are calling for changes to the program that would kick up to 56,000 Montanans off their health insurance. House Bill 425 rejects these barriers.

On Saturday, March 16, over 400 rallied in Helena to reject attempts to kick people off Medicaid expansion and to protect the healthcare of nearly 1 in 10 Montanans!

Call the HOUSE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE today at (406)444-4800, or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT HB 425!

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

Reproductive Rights – OPPOSE

House Bill 302, carried by Rep. Greg DeVries, would change the state constitution to entirely prohibit the use of contraception that prevents pregnancy by inhibiting implantation of a fertilized egg, such as IUDs and emergency contraception, including for victims of rape and incest. HB 302 is an extreme bill that puts people who access emergency contraception, birth control, and/or abortion in danger.

Call the Senate Judiciary Committee today at (406)444-4800, or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to OPPOSE HB 302!

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

Indigenous Justice – SUPPORT

House Bill 21, carried by Rep. Rae Peppers, would establish “Hanna’s Act,” an important first step toward addressing the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). HB 21 would authorize the MT Department of Justice to assist with MMIW investigations and require the employment of a Missing Persons Specialist.

House Bill 219, carried by Rep. Shane Morigeau, would remove Columbus Day as a statewide holiday and establish “Indigenous Peoples Day” in Montana, effectively replacing a holiday honoring a perpetrator of genocide with a holiday honoring our Native friends and neighbors.

Call your legislators today at (406)444-4800, or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT HB 21 and HB 219!

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