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Below is the legislation we tracked and prioritized during the 2019 legislative session. 

End the Criminalization of Poverty

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HB 217Stop suspending driver's licenses when people are too poor to pay court debt. 

 

Signed into law

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HB 425Renew Montana's Medicaid expansion. 

Died on House floor.

Replaced with HB 658: passed 4/18/19.

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HJ 9: Study to determine if additional or different services are needed for mental health or substance use disorders as one way to reduce homelessness, and as an alternative to detention and criminal sanctions. 

Tabled in Committee

 

   

Reform the Criminal Justice System

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Thumbs up graphic SB 30Allow peer support services to be covered by Medicaid.  

Read our statement.

Tabled in House Committee

Thumbs Down HB 199: Create criminal penalties for bullying.  Tabled in Commitee
Thumbs Down SB 65Increase criminal penalties for driving under the influence.  Tabled in Committee
Thumbs up graphic HB 736: restrict the use of solitary confinement in correctional facilities. It would ensure that individuals are only placed in solitary confinement for serious or threatening behavior and for the shortest time possible.

Signed into law

     

Indigenous Justice

 
Thumbs up graphic SB 13: Help formerly incarcerated American Indians re-enter society with fewer barriers to success. 
Letter in support of SB13
Tabled in Committee
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HB 21: Establishing "Hanna's Act" which authorizes the Department of Justice to assist with investigating all missing persons cases, requires the employment of a missing persons specialist, provides duties, provides and appropriation, and provides an effective date.
See photos from the rally.

Signed into law

Thumbs up graphic HB 40: Creates the reentry cultural programming grant program for American Indian individuals involved with the state or tribal criminal justice system. Tabled in Committee
Thumbs up graphic HB 219: Establishes Indigenous Peoples Day in Montana.

Tabled in Committee

     

Immigrant's Rights

 
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HB 146: Establish laws regarding sanctury cities in Montana. 
Read our statement.

Passed 4/10/2019

On to Governor

Thumbs Down HB 147: Referendum to establish sanctuary city laws in Montana Did not pass.
   

Protect and Expand Voting Rights

 
Thumbs Down SB 143: Revise voter registration to end at 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to an election. Tabled in Committee
   

Protect Reproductive Rights

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HB 375: End the shackling of incarcerated pregnant people and ensure access to pre- and post-natal care for pregnant and parenting prisoners.
ACLU of Montana Factsheet.

Tabled in Committee
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SB 100: Force the opportunity for an ultrasound before an abortion.

Vetoed by the Governor

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HB 500: Prohibits abortion at 20 weeks. 

Vetoed by the Governor

     

Protect LGBTQ Rights

 
Thumbs up graphic HB 465: Generally revise the Montana Human Rights Act which which would add "sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression" to the Montana Human Rights Act and finally put to rest any doubt that it is illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ Montanans.  Tabled in Committee
     

Abolish the Death Penalty

 
Thumbs up graphic HB 350: Abolish the Death Penalty in Montana
Montana Abolition Coalition factsheet
Tabled in Committee

 

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