volThe 67th Montana Legislative Session

Lawmakers have a big job during the 2021 Montana legislative session. They will vote on laws and policies ranging from our state budget to access to health care.

Important decisions like how we balance our state budget and how we protect health care for 100,000 Montanans shouldn’t happen in a vacuum. High-stakes decisions like how we advance equity for LGBTQ2S Montanans and Indigenous communities require the input of those most impacted by those decisions. To learn how to get involved, reply to this email or contact Ella@MontanaWomenVote.org.

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2021 Legislative Updates


Our Legislative Priorities:

Medicaid Expansion

Montana Women Vote, along with partner organizations and individuals across the state, worked tirelessly to expand Montana’s Medicaid program in 2015. Since then, nearly 100,000 Montanans have gained access to quality affordable health coverage.

However, as you may know, Medicaid expansion will be up for debate again this year. In the coming months, we will be calling on our legislators to protect the healthcare coverage of almost 100,000 of our friends and neighbors.

Are you interested in sharing your story about Medicaid expansion with decision-makers? Contact Ella at Ella@MontanaWomenVote.org.

Funding our Social Safety Net

Because our state revenue does not keep pace with state needs, Montana has been forced to make cuts to crucial programs that serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, and struggling families and children.

We will continue to oppose harmful budget cuts and advocate for a variety of revenue-raising measures that will provide funding for the government programs, services, and infrastructure essential to maintaining healthy communities and families.

Indigenous Justice

2020 shined a glaring light on the disproportionately negative outcomes that Indigenous peoples experience as a result of centuries of settler colonialism, from higher COVID-19 transmission and death rates to tribal sovereignty challenges.
 

We will follow the lead of Indigenous activists and leaders in advocating for sovereignty, justice, and solutions to the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).

LGBTQ2S

As in previous legislative sessions, we will continue our work to expand the rights of LGBTQ and Two Spirit Montanans and to defend them from harmful rhetorical and policy attacks.

We will, once again, advocate for adding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes under the MT Human Rights Act (MHRA). Adding these protections to the MHRA will ensure that everyone will have the same access to legal protections in their workplace, housing, and public accommodations.

Reproductive Rights

Montana Women Vote will continue our work to protect and advance access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

We will work closely with partner organizations to vigorously defend against the usual attempts to outlaw abortion and restrict access to reproductive healthcare.

 

There are lots of ways to participate in the legislative process. Join our phone tree, come to a phone bank, or attend a lobby day! For more information, click here to email Ella Smith.

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Past 2019 Legislative Bulletins