Week 6 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 6 Priority Bills

Medicaid Expansion – SUPPORT

Montana’s Medicaid Expansion provides health insurance to nearly 100,000 (1 in 10) Montanans, but without legislative action, the program will expire in July 2019.  Representative Mary Caferro’s House Bill 425, would make Medicaid expansion permanent.

A new study says that the barriers to enrollment that some legislators are calling for would result in a massive coverage loss. Between a quarter and nearly half of participants stand to lose coverage. These proposed changes only serve to kick people off of their health care. House Bill 425 rejects these barriers.

The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm. Call your legislators today at (406)444-4800, or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT HB 425!

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Human Rights – SUPPORT

House Bill 465 would add sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to the Montana Human Rights Act, giving LGBTQ+ Montanans the opportunity to earn a living and take care of their families without the fear of being fired or denied housing.

The Capitol Switchboard is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 5 pm. Call your legislators today at (406)444-4800, or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT HB 465!

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

Economic Justice – SUPPORT

House Bill 217 would end Montana’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people who fail to pay court debt. “Many people with low incomes work full-time jobs. Suspending licenses for inability to pay court debt traps them in vicious and often inescapable cycles of poverty and entanglement with the criminal justice system.” – SK Rossi, ACLU of Montana

House Bill 208 would establish family and medical leave insurance in Montana, so Montana employees, including those who are self-employed, could receive paid medical or family leave through a state fund. 

Call your legislators today at (406)444-4800, or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to SUPPORT HB 217 and HB 208!

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Harmful Tax Bill – OPPOSE

House Bill 148, carried by Rep. Forrest Mandeville, would require 2/3 of the Montana Senate and House of Rep.s to enact a new tax or fee or increase an existing tax or fee. This would limit the state’s ability to respond to crisis and/or recession, protect outdated or wasteful tax breaks, and likely cause future cuts to vital state programs.

Call your legislators today at (406)444-4800 or send them a message through this online form, and ask them to OPPOSE HB 148!

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