Key Issues and Bills

As new bills that are going through the Montana Legislature, our goal is to create opportunities for our congregation(s) and communities to make their voices heard in this process. We have put together a task force, each week, will compile a list of bills they believe are important for us in the Gallatin Valley to be aware of. We will also do our best to provide updates throughout the week as information around the bills may change.

Below is the legislation we’re tracking and prioritizing during the 2021 legislative session. The list will be updated with more bills on it as the legislative session continues until the end of the session in April.

LGBTQIA+ Rights

Our Action

Bill Name

Description

Bill Status

Require interscholastic athletes to participate under gender assigned at birth. 

Passed by Legislature – Enrolling and Final Preparation Process

Ban gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth.

Failed

Provide for youth health protection (an alternate version of HB 113)

Probably Dead

Establish the religious freedom restoration act (allow the use of religion as an excuse to discriminate against and harm others)

Became Law

Revise vital statistics laws regarding sex designation on birth certificate

Transmitted to Governor

Voting Rights

Our Action

Bill Name

Description

Bill Status

Close late voter registration on Friday before the election

Became Law

Generally revise laws related to tribal voting (expand voting access for Indigenous people)

Probably Dead

Generally revise voter ID laws (require two official photo ID’s)

Became Law

Economic Justice

Our Action

Bill Name

Description

Bill Status

Create nutrition incentive program for SNAP participants to increase buying power in fresh produce

In 2nd House – Out of Committee

Revise property and zoning laws (prohibits Inclusionary zoning, one of several tools Bozeman uses to increase affordable housing in the local area)

Became Law

Revise laws related to tax credit scholarship and innovative education programs (increase from $150 to $200,000 in the allowable tax credit for donations to private and for-profit schools at the expense of funds available for public schools)

In 2nd House – Out of Committee

Generally revise environmental laws (a revived version of the NorthWestern Energy Bill that includes a key provision from SB 379)

In 2nd House – Out of Committee

Generally revise coal-fired generation laws (NorthWestern Energy Bill)

In 2nd House Committee – Tabled

Indigenous Justice and Tribal Sovereignty

Our Action

Bill Name

Description

Bill Status

Establish a missing persons review commission

Became Law

Establish missing persons response team training grant program

In 2nd House Committee – Tabled

Revise hunting laws related to tribal boundaries (allow state agencies, not tribal nations, make decisions about hunting on reservation lands)

Probably Dead

Establishing Indigenous People’s Day

Probably Dead

Repeal temporary tribal property tax exemption

Probably Dead

Establish Indigenous People’s Day

Probably Dead

Reproductive Justice

Our Action

Bill Name

Description

Bill Status

Establish pain-capable unborn child protection act

Transmitted to Governor

Requiring the provision of information before the performance of an abortion

Transmitted to Governor

Referendum to adopt the Montana Born-Alive Infant Protection Act

Passed by Legislature – Enrolling and Final Preparation Process

Adopt the Montana Abortion-Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act

Transmitted to Governor

Generally revise insurance laws (prevents insurance policies obtained through the Affordable Care Act exchange from covering abortion)

Passed by Legislature – Enrolling and Final Preparation Process

Constitutional amendment to define person

Probably Dead

Immigration

Our Action

Bill Name

Description

Bill Status

Establish laws prohibiting sanctuary cities in Montana

Became Law

Create statutory authority for sworn law enforcement officers to hold aliens

Returned to 1st House with Amendments

Criminal Justice Reform

Our Action

Bill Name

Description

Bill Status

Public Health and Safety

Our Action

Bill Name

Description

Bill Status

Generally revise gun laws (Concealed carry on campuses)

Became Law

Require elected official approval of local health board and officer actions

Became Law

Establish the Family Medical Leave Insurance Act

Probably Dead

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