2015 MONTANA LEGISLATURE
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Priority bill status - Read about the main bills MEA-MFT is promoting or opposing, and where they stand.
About the 2015 session: MEA-MFT leaders and staff are at the state capitol every day, working to pass good bills and kill the bad ones. Hundreds of our members statewide are helping by contacting their legislators at crucial times.
We face a challenging legislature. Low voter turnout in the 2014 election gave us a legislative majority who don’t reflect the values of average Montanans.
On the proactive front, we support:
• Early Edge - HB 2
• Build Montana with bonds and cash - HB 5
• State (and MUS) Employee Pay Plan - HB 13
• k-12 School Funding - HB 27 (passed legislature) and SB 12
• Medicaid Expansion - HB 249
We're playing a lot of defense. We oppose:
• State funding of private/sectarian education - HBs 322, 433, 511, and 596
• Elimination of Montana’s common core and attacks on board of public education - HBs 377 and 501
• Secession of elementary school districts from high school districts - SB 107
• Guns in our public schools – HB 298 and SB 143
• Assault on right of public employees to organize and bargain collectively - HB 462
Read MEA-MFT's legislative program here.
You can help! We'll need all MEA-MFT members to help contact their local legislators.
Watch for action alerts & message points here, in our e-newsletters, and on our Facebook page.
Denise Juneau gives State of Education address
State pay plan advocates make their case
The truth about school "choice" (a.k.a. "privatization")
Bozeman Chronicle says "NO" to privatizing public schools
SB 107: Dangerous idea.
Want a more responsive legislature? Give to COPE (MEA-MFT Committee On Political Action. Here's how.
MEA-MFT 2013 Legislative Voting Record: How your local legislators do on the issues important to MEA-MFT members in the 2013 Legislature? See the voting record here. (This takes a few seconds to download.)
2013 Legislature: the aftermath. Against all odds, MEA-MFT was able to save public employee pensions (PERS and TRS). We passed the state pay plan. We passed better funding for public schools and saved them from privatization efforts.
We did this with enormous help from our members, our allies, and Governor Steve Bullock.
We didn't win everything. Our Head Start funding bill did not pass. We have much work to do on higher education funding.
The legislative majority cut money out of the state pay plan (HB 13). MEA-MFT and our fellow state employee unions have bargained the best possible deal for state employees given these cuts. Read more.
The legislative majority also tampered with the Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustments (GABAs) for PERS and TRs. MEA-MFT is working on legal action to challenge the legislature's attacks on GABA.
Given the lay of the legislative land, however, we fared better in the 2013 session than most people ever dreamed we would.
Read our legislative wrap-up in the June-July 2013 issue of MEA-MFT Today.
THANK YOU to all MEA-MFT members who helped: those of you who called and e-mailed legislators and came to our Days of Action. Your efforts made all the difference!
Fact sheet on state pay plan, HB 13
Read about school funding bill, SB 175
School privatization: Who is behind the efforts to privatize our public schools? Learn more
MEA-MFT and allies release mid-session voting record. For the first time, MEA-MFT and our allies in Montana public education compiled a joint mid-term voting record on public school issues. Read the voting record here.
READ 'EM & REAP:
Essential Truths About the Great Work of Montana's Public Schools
MEA-MFT has teamed up with many other education advocacy groups to produce this major new document, produced to help legislators understand K-12 issues. Read about it here.
Did You Know... Stories About the Great Work of Montana's Public Schools
Another publication from Montana's education advocacy coalition, including MEA-MFT. Don't miss these great stories. Read them here.
MEA-MFT POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT
PREVIOUS MONTANA LEGISLATURES
MEA-MFT 2011 Legislative Voting Record
How did your legislators do on our issues in the 2011 session? Click here to find out. (The voting record takes a moment to download.)
Report card time: MEA-MFT 2009 Legislative voting record
MEA-MFT's 2009 priority bills How they fared.
MEA-MFT Voting Record
2005 SPECIAL SESSION
'05 special session voting record: Grade your legislators.
The grades are in: MEA-MFT 2005 legislative voting record
2003 voting record