Legislative Update: Week 1

January 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Legislative Update: Week 1

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The 67th Montana Legislature convened at the Capitol on Monday January 5th. Montana Nonprofit Association will provide a weekly update on bills and other information of interest to Montana’s charitable nonprofit sector.

Yesterday Governor Gianforte unveiled his budget which calls for a $100M reduction in General Fund spending compared to the budget proposed by former Governor Bullock. The proposal, which provides about $50M in tax cuts, calls for $5.3 billion in state General Fund spending over the 2022-23 biennium, which runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2023. This is a 3.8% increase over the 2020-21 biennium. The proposal includes incentives for first-time teachers as well as a focus on trade school education, job creation and substance abuse treatment and services.

Update on Legislative Activity January 4-8

SB65 Revise civil liability laws
MNA provided testimony in support of SB65, a bill to revise civil liberty laws to limit the liability of entities, including nonprofit organizations, related to COVID-19. MNA’s request was simply to ensure nonprofits receive the same protections as their for profit counterparts.

LC2581 Generally revise tax laws related to nonprofit executive pay
This bill is currently in the drafting process, no language is available. MNA is monitoring. 
Requester: Scot Kerns (R) HD23, Great Falls

LC0606 Generally revise nonprofit corporation laws
This bill is currently in the drafting process, no language is available. MNA is monitoring. 
Requester: Kenneth Bogner, (R) SD 19, Miles City

MNA will track LC2610LC2872, and LC2874 all of which relate to property tax exemption but may or may not relate to nonprofits. We will also track bills related to tax credits including LC2616, a draft entitled “Generally revise tax credit laws.”

Friday Morning Legislative Session Updates
Fridays 7:30-8:00 a.m. MST, no charge
Gain up to date information on legislative issues impacting Montana’s nonprofit sector from MNA Executive Director Liz Moore. Register here for the full series and attend any or all sessions.

Throughout the Session, MNA will be both a partner and resource, keeping you informed and supporting your engagement in advocacy. We will update the page throughout the Session with additional resources, bill information, action items, and more. Please check back often. VISIT PAGE.