As a song says, “We can make a difference.” BUMC helped defeat HB 113 which would have prohibited gender affirming medical care for trans youth under age 18 and set penalties for health care providers who violate the law. From pastor letter to youth testimony to messages to legislators, we were there! The bill failed on the House floor 51-49, and then failed by two more votes on a motion to reconsider.
Bills we have been watching are:
HB 112—prevent trans youth from participating in sports, passed the House and transmitted to the Senate, committee assignment unknown as of 1/31.
HB 102—allow for permitless open carry and force colleges to allow guns on campuses is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.
HB 121—require elected officials approval of local health board and officer actions will have a vote on the House floor soon.
HB 35—establish a Missing Persons Review Committee is ready for a vote on the House floor.
HB 36—establish missing persons response team training, passed the House and is headed for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Additional bills to watch are:
HB 176—repeal same-day voting registration law and close late voter registration at 5 pm on the Friday before election day, was tabled but supporters could revive it later in the session.
HB 200—prohibits sanctuary cities in Montana though none currently exist, testimony interrupted by the chair of the House Judiciary Committee from people opposing the bill who mentioned its racist implications, passed to the House floor.
HB 223—compel local law enforcement officers to be pulled into immigration issues, could increase racial profiling and erode trust between police and Montana residents, in House Judiciary Committee.
If a bill is still in a committee
1) call 406-444-4800 and leave a message for the whole committee or individual legislators OR
2) go to https://leg.mt.gov/https://leg.mt.gov/ and send a message on the web. Say whether you want them to vote yes or no and a sentence or two about why. It doesn’t have to be long. OR
3) sign up on the website to give testimony.
If the bill has passed committee and is in either the House of Representatives or the Senate, use the same phone number or website to contact your representative or senator as appropriate. Go make a difference!