Montana Legislature Update – April 12, 2021

Last chance for input on two transgender bills we have been highlighting for months:

1) HB 112 which prevents transgender youth from participating in school sports was approved by the Senate with an amendment that would make the legislation void if the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights promises enforcement action. The House will vote on the amendment Monday afternoon, April 12.

2) SB 280 which requires surgery and a court order to change the gender marker on a birth certificate passed the House Judiciary Committee and is scheduled for the final reading in the House on Monday afternoon, April 12.  Contact your representative.

Other alerts:

1) HB 279 increases the allowable tax credit for individuals and corporations for donations to private and for-profit schools from $150 to $200,000, a tax break for the wealthy at the expense of funds available for public schools. It passed the House and is headed to the Senate.  Contact your senator.

2) HB 273 eases restrictions on nuclear energy development by removing a voter approval process and pulling nuclear energy plants from the purview of the Major Facility Siting Act.  It passed the (S) Energy and Telecommunications Committee and is headed to the Senate floor.  Contact your senator.

3) HB 337 would give constitutional rights to a fertilized egg in order to ban access to abortion and possibly some birth control. This bill passed the House and the (S) Judiciary Committee.  Contact your senator.

4) SB 100 makes it more difficult for Montanans to qualify for public assistance programs.  The bill is still in the House Human Services Committee.  Contact the committee members and your representative.

5) SB 220 broadens the definition of felony assault on a peace officer or judicial officer to include the use of what “reasonably appears to be” a weapon. This bill would open up all sorts of interpretation. It is still in the (H) Judiciary Committee, and if passed will go to the House.  Contact the committee and your representative.

6) SB 379 would put Montana ratepayers on the hook for NorthWestern Energy’s investments in Colstrip, an aging coal-fired electric plant, costing households an extra $700/year for 21 years. All members of the Public Service Commission testified against it and Montana newspapers have called it the “worst bill of the session.” It passed the Senate and is headed for the House.  Contact your representative.

Phone 406-444-4800 to leave a message for a legislator or a committee.  Go to

https://leg.mt.gov to leave a web message for a legislator or committee or to sign up to testify.
For updates on other bills, go to Key Issues and Bills at www.gallatinvalleymethodists.com or Look Up Bill Information at https://leg.mt.gov.

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