Legislative Update: Week 2

January 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Legislative Update: Week 2

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“Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.” Congressman John Lewis, written in the days before he passed and published posthumously. 

Update on Legislative Activity January 11-15

SB78 Revise allowable special district assessment methods
MNA provided testimony opposing SB78 due to lack of clarity in the bill regarding the impact on nonprofit organizations. While the bill is not expressly targeting nonprofits, by removing one method of special district assessments (taxable value) the bill may leave nonprofits open to a significant new assessment. We are seeking clarity and working with several partners to ensure harm to nonprofits is not an unintentional consequence. We are not issuing a call to action at this time and will keep you informed. 

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 for profit counterparts. 
Update: Nonprofits are expressly included in the amendments; the bill passed out of committee. 

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 
Update: We requested information from Senator Kerns and have not received an update. We will continue pursuing information.

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 
Update: We exchanged information with Senator Bogner. This is a placeholder bill with no specific language planned right now. Senator Bogner will let us know if that changes. 

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. 

67th Montana State Legislative Session Resource Page

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.