Legislative Update: Week 4

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Montana Legislative Session Update

But First: On Wednesday, February 3 at noon MNA is hosting a Legislative Spotlight town hall style meeting with Budget Director Kurt Alme. Please join us as he discusses the Governor’s budget priorities for the Session. If you have specific questions, please email them ahead of time if possible and we will pass them along to Director Alme. Here is the registration link for this free session.

Update on Legislative Activity January 25-29

SB78 Revise allowable special district assessment methods
Update: MNA opposed SB78 because of the likely downstream consequences for nonprofits. We are pleased to let you know SB78 was tabled in Committee. We’ll continue to monitor to ensure it is not resurrected, but this was a good outcome for Montana’s nonprofits. 

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 the Senate and was heard in House Business and Labor on 1/22. It passed and is now scheduled for second reading.

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 

LC2874 Generally revise certain property tax exemptions
Draft was delivered to requester but is now on hold. 
Requester: Walt Sales, (R), SD 35, Manhattan

Have a great week and please join us on Wednesday as we talk with Budget Director Kurt Alme.

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.