Week 4 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 4 Priority Bills

Medicaid Expansion – SUPPORT

Montana’s Medicaid Expansion provides health insurance to nearly 100,000 Montanans. In 2015, the Legislature expanded Medicaid, but without legislative action, the program is set to expire in July 2019. 

Representative Mary Caferro’s Keep Montana Healthy Act (LC 1088), would lift the Medicaid expansion sunset, and protect the healthcare coverage of nearly 1 in 10 of our friends and neighbors. 

The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm. Call your legislators today at (406)444-4800, and ask them to SUPPORT LC 1088!

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Indigenous Justice Bills – 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 40, carried by Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy would create a reentry cultural programming grant program, addressing disparities in our state’s criminal justice system. 7% of Montanans are Native American, but Native Americans make up 27% of our prison population. This bill would divert resources to help reduce recidivism rates for Indigenous Montanans. 

House Bill 54, carried by carried by Rep. Rae Peppers would require Montana law enforcement authorities to accept all missing person reports and enter them into the database of the national crime information center within 8 hours of receipt. This is another important step toward addressing the MMIW crisis.

Call your legislators today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT HB 21, HB 40, and HB 54!

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MMIW Photo by Sara Longtree

Tax Fairness Attack – OPPOSE

House Bill 144, carried by Rep. Alan Redfield, would eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides tax credits for working families while retaining the Capital Gains Tax Credit, which primarily benefits the wealthiest 1% of Montanans.

Call your legislators today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to OPPOSE HB 144!

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