Week 7 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 7 Priority Bills

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.

Medicaid Expansion – SUPPORT

A new study says that the barriers to Medicaid expansion 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!

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

Indigenous Justice – SUPPORT

House Bill 54, 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 54!

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

Economic Justice – TABLED

House Bill 208 would have established 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. 

Last Friday, HB 208 was tabled in the House Business and Labor Committee, meaning the bill is effectively dead.