Montana Nonprofit Association

promoting a strong nonprofit sector in MONTANA

Public Policy Issues

MNA's public policy objectives represent the core focus areas of its public policy agenda and were developed in consultation with MNA membership and the broader Montana nonprofit sector. Specific public policy initiatives and/or legislative strategies are designed to move forward these agenda items.


 BILL/YEAR/
STATUS
 
ISSUE  HOW IT AFFECTS MONTANA NONPROFITS  MNA POSITION 
SB 289 (2015) Passed   Revises campaign finance law. Monitored.
 HB 258 (2015)
Passed
Social Benefit Corporations Authorize benefit corporations. Provided informational testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee to increase clarity on the nature of benefit corporations.
HB 389 (2015)
Passed

 
Nonprofit Taxes Requires (as amended) a one-time reapplication for exemption along with a duty to report changes. No fee required for organizations with less than $5,000 in income. Sunsets in 2021.  Monitored, as amended. Provided informational testimony.
HB 567 (2015) Failed   Require publicly available expenditure reporting and mission statement by nonprofits. Monitored.
SB 79 (2013)
Died in committee.
Nonprofit Hospital Records Require nonprofit hospitals to publish notice of the availability of certain tax-related returns. Opposed - unnecessary and costly regulations.
SB 89 (2013)
Died in committee.
Nonprofit Tax Record Laws Allow for the disclosure of application materials and tax records of tax exempt organizations. Directs the Montana Department of Revenue to make the list of organizations public. Opposed - this solution does not solve the problem and would create confusion.
SB 108 (2013)
Passed
Charitable Endowment Tax Credit Renew the credit.Since its inception in 1997, the tax credit has generated over $100 million in planned giving. Supported - effective in increasing philanthropy. Go to www.mtnonprofit.org/endowMontana for more information.
SB 176 (2013)
Passed
Nonprofit Voting/Meetings Allow electronic and remote communications to be used for attending meetings and voting. Supported - this is a practical measure that reflects the growing use of technology in our lives.
SB 251 (2013)
Passed
Uniform Trust Code Act Solidify the current practice that nonprofits can be trustees of trusts. Supported - this is in the best interest of donors.
SB 339 (2013)
Died in committee.
  Allow counties to limit the amount of property owned by nonprofits. Opposed. The bill had numerous problems related to the rights of nonprofit corporations as well as donors.
HB 534 (2013)
Failed
Social Benefit Corporations Allow for-profit corporations to consider both profit and societal benefits. Monitored. Offered informational testimony.
SB 197 (2011)
Failed
Raffle Laws Allow nonprofits and educational entities to sell raffle tickets out-of-state. Supported.
SB 252 (2011)
Failed
  Temporarily reduce specific individual income tax credits. Opposed.
SB 269 (2011)
Failed
  Exempt certain nonprofit housing developers from manufactured housing provisions. Monitored.
SJ 23 (2011)
Passed
Nonprofit Taxes Interim study on exemption of nonprofits from property taxes.
Final study report.
Monitored.
HB 63 (2011)
Passed
  Revise liquor laws related to nonprofits and protest. Monitored.
HB 124 (2011)
Failed
Nonprofit Taxes Remove property tax exemption for hospitals other than critical access hospitals. Monitored.
HB 305 (2011)
Failed
  Eliminate property tax exemption for most nonprofit health care facilities. Opposed.
HB 344 (2011)
Failed
  Prohibit favoritism between for-profit and nonprofit corporations in state contracts. Monitored.
HB 415 (2011)
Failed
  Revise limited liability company law to allow low-profit companies. Monitored.
HB 467 (2011)
Passed
  Allow tax credits to community, tribal, technical college endowments. Monitored.
SB 329 (2009)
Failed

 
Revise auto licensing and insurance laws. Eliminate sponsored license plates. Opposed.
HB 143 (2009)
Failed
Nonprofit Corporation Registry Require charities soliciting donations to register with the Montana Department of Justice. Supported.
HB 235 (2009)
Failed
  Creating legal structure for Low Profit Limited Liability Company