Montana Legislature Update – May 3, 2021

It’s over! The 2021 Montana Legislative Session has officially sine die. We can breathe a little easier and celebrate that it’s done. This session felt like it was never-ending when there was a tsunami of bad bills that would nothing but harm people to create a culture war against the most marginalized and vulnerable Montanans.Continue reading “Montana Legislature Update – May 3, 2021”

Montana Legislature Update – April 26, 2021

As we said last week, “No bill is officially defeated until the legislative session closes.” 1) SB 379 that would put Montana ratepayers on the hook for NorthWestern Energy’s investments in Colstrip and prevent the Public Service Commission from placing limits was tabled, but then the language added by amendment to the unrelated bill HBContinue reading “Montana Legislature Update – April 26, 2021”

Montana Legislature Update – April 19, 2021

No bill is officially defeated until the legislative session is adjourned, but here are some we opposed that are probably dead: 1) SB 159 would have lowered the top income tax rate. 2) SB 100 would have made it more difficult for Montanans to qualify for public assistance programs. 3) HB 337 would have givenContinue reading “Montana Legislature Update – April 19, 2021”

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 HouseContinue reading “Montana Legislature Update – April 12, 2021”

Montana Legislature Update – April 5, 2021

1) HB 112 would prevent 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. It now goes back to the House for approval of the amendment. Contact your House memberContinue reading “Montana Legislature Update – April 5, 2021”

Montana Legislature Update – March 29, 2021

This week has lots of crucial bills running through the legislature that affect LGBTQ+ rights, economic justice, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, reproductive justice, Indigenous justice, and more. Below is our list of bills we are tracking down for this week as many of those are approaching being passed in the legislature. We’re in the 7thContinue reading “Montana Legislature Update – March 29, 2021”

Montana Legislature Update – March 22, 2021

Should a fertilized egg have the constitutional rights of a person? HB 337 would give constitutional rights to a fertilized egg to ban access to abortion and possibly some birth control. This bill passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. Contact your senator. The Montana Human Rights Network says, “This isContinue reading “Montana Legislature Update – March 22, 2021”

Montana Legislature Update – March 15, 2021

From among the hundreds of bills moving through the legislature, the Social Justice Action Team has selected a few to highlight. We encourage anybody to pick one or two that are near your heart as an expression of your Christian faith. Then take action by contacting a legislative committee or your own representative or senatorContinue reading “Montana Legislature Update – March 15, 2021”

Legislative Updates with Graphics and Video

Welcome Methodists in the Gallatin Valley! Last week was the transmittal deadline for the Montana Legislature and the legislative body just got back from their transmittal break, which is basically the halfway point of the 90-day legislative session. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term “transmittal” in the legislative context, itContinue reading “Legislative Updates with Graphics and Video”

Montana Legislature Update – March 8, 2021

March 3rd was the transmittal date at the Montana legislature.  Any bills not sent to the second chamber are dead for the session. The three bills lifted up last week are still very much alive, and we encourage taking action to stop them: 1) HB 259 prohibits Montana cities and towns from enacting inclusionary zoningContinue reading “Montana Legislature Update – March 8, 2021”