The next two weeks will be busy as we approach transmittal, which is March 4 to March 8. As you review the bills we’re watching and, perhaps more signifiant, the bills that haven’t been introduced yet, you can see we’ll have a lot going on. We are grateful for your response to the two Calls to Action we’ve put out so far. We think there will be more, and appreciate your engagement. You are making a difference.
We’re also very proud that HB 391, the bill to assess user fees on exempt property, was tabled last week – due in part to the overwhelming response of MNA members like you. THANK YOU!
Hunter & Angler Community Fund
MNA supported HB383, a bill to establish a Hunter and Angler Community Fund as a way for hunters and anglers to give back to rural communities. The bill passed out of committee and is headed for the House Floor. However, in response to an opponent’s concern, the bill was amended to stipulate “grant funds may not be awarded to an entity that has filed a lawsuit regarding any legal matter in a court of law in the state. If an entity files a lawsuit regarding any legal matter in a court of law in the state after receiving grant funds pursuant to this section, all grant funds previously awarded must be returned.” We spoke with the bill sponsor regarding our concerns about this amendment and will monitor as the bill moves forward.
Local User Fee on Exempt Property
HB391, a bill to assess a user fee on exempt property, was tabled in committee. MNA opposed the bill, as did many of our members. Thank you to those who responded to MNA’s call to action on this bill; your comments made a difference. We believe there will be additional bills this Session which try to accomplish a similar outcome. We’ll keep you posted. This is great news for nonprofits!
Revise reporting requirements for nonprofits and charitable trusts
SB307, a bill that to “revise reporting requirements for nonprofits and charitable trusts” was heard last week. The bill is confusing. It appears to be a bill aimed at donor privacy. However, the language of the bill also opens the door for decreased donor transparency. MNA opposed on this basis. It seems the bill will be amended, so we are now monitoring. You can watch the hearing here to see what issues arose.
Establish the Montana Individual Freedom Act
SB222 is a bill that stipulates certain types of training not be required as a condition of employment. The bill is focused on what many of us would call diversity, equity and inclusion training. MNA took a monitoring stance because the bill was directed not only toward state employees, but also toward employees of organizations that hold state contracts. After the Department of Administration opposed the inclusion of contractor organizations, the bill was amended and nonprofits were taken out of the mix. MNA will monitor as the bill moves forward to ensure the language doesn’t change.
Increase and Extend Termination Date of Montana Charitable Endowment Tax Credit
LC2565 proposes to double the Montana Charitable Endowment Tax Credit and extend the termination date to 2030. We are awaiting language and MNA will support the bill which is anticipated to be heard after transmittal.
Not-yet-introduced bills we’re monitoring
MNA is watching these un-introduced bills and will keep you updated.
|LC1820||Daniel Zolnikov||R||Revise NP hospitals tax-exempt status laws|
|LC1821||Daniel Zolnikov||R||Revise NP hospital community benefit spending laws|
|LC4171||Jeremy Trebas||R||Revoke NP hospital property tax exemption|
|LC1381||Ross H Fitzgerald||R||Generally revise land ownership tax breaks for certain NPs|
|LC1533||Mark Noland||R||Revise lobbying laws|
|LC3719||Pat Flowers||D||Revise lobbying laws|
|LC1875||Amy Regier||R||Revise laws related to NP organizations|
|LC3361||Matt Regier||R||Revise laws for NP organizations|
|LC4024||Bill Mercer||R||Generally revise laws pertaining to NP organizations|
|LC3187||Steve Gist||R||Generally revise laws regarding NP governmental agencies|
|LC2214||Daniel Emrich||R||Establish the NP and Charitable Organization Freedom Act|
|LC3382||Jeffrey W Welborn||R||Revise gaming laws for NP and member organizations|
|LC4036||Ron Marshall||R||Revise NP eligibility status laws|
|LC0337||Greg Hertz||R||Generally revise laws related to conversion from NP to for profit|
|LC4292||Jane Gillette||R||establish and make public a hospital community benefit dashboard|
|LC4293||Jane Gillette||R||establish governance requirements for NP hospitals|
|LC4509||Derek J Harvey||D||Revise tax laws for nonprofit healthcare facilities|
|LC2565||Steve Fitzpatrick||R||Increase and extend termination of Montana charitable endowment tax credit|
|LC0812||Shannon O’Brien||D||Provide for the best beginnings scholarship program|