Former GFPS teacher (and MFPE Member) Casey Schreiner is running for the Democratic Nomination for Montana Governor. Below is a link to a story from ABC-Fox Montana about Casey and his campaign. Photos above are from Casey's visit with GFEA Faculty Representatives on October 8.
Click here to read more!
Note: Unless noted, candidates featured on this page have not been endorsed by MFPE or GFEA. Endorsements will appear on the endorsements page (link in the side-bar).
SB 234 is bing considered by the Montana House. This bill would PRIVATIZE Montana State Fund! This would impact the jobs of 12 MFPE members, kick them off their health insurance and retirement, and weaken Workers Compensation for ALL Montanans! Please contact your member of the Montana State House and urge them to vote no on SB 234!!
Dial 406-444-4800, ask to leave a message for your legislator and tell them "Oppose SB 234!"
To email, Click: https://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/ Enter your contact info & select send message to "Legislator" and choose your House Representative from the drop-down menu. Select "SB" and enter 234 in the Bill Type and Number box. Select "Against" Enter your message in the box - urge your legislator to "Oppose SB 234!"
Sadly, today, the Senate concurred with HBs 325 and 357.
HB 325 (M. Regier) – Repeals a local government’s power to regulate the carrying of concealed weapons and authorizes a person with a concealed weapon permit to carry anywhere in public buildings including schools.
HB 357 (M. Regier) – Legislative Referendum – same intent as HB 325 but not subject to gubernatorial veto.
So, HB 325 will soon be on the governor’s desk to dispose of as he wishes. I am betting he vetoes it. Just a bet.
Unfortunately, absent a successful preemptive challenge or some other judicial event, HB 357, a legislative referendum, will be on the general election ballot in November 2020.
More later. There will for sure be more . . . later.
MFPE 2019 Legislative Priorities (as of 3/31)
Offense(Bills we support)
State and University
Defense(Bills we oppose)
Watch(Bills we watch)
House Education is considering HB 755. This bill opens the door to private and religious charter schools in Montana by providing state funding to non-public pre-k centers. This bill also dilutes the power of local school boards and the Board of Public Education. Please contact House Education and tell them to TABLE HB 755.
Dial 406-444-4800, ask to leave a message for the House Education Committee and tell them "VOTE NO on HB 755!"
To email, Click: https://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/
Enter your contact info & select send message to "Committees" and choose "(H) Education" from the drop-down menu. Bill type and number=HB 755. Select "AGAINST"
Enter your message in the box - urge legislators to "Vote NO on HB 755!"
HBs 351 and 387 are priority bills. MFPE supports them both. They provide more impetus for public schools and students to explore and expand their secondary and post-secondary education and career opportunities. Montana public schools and teachers have been on this progressive trajectory for several years now. These bills help push and pull us more certainly and more equitably forward.
Both bills have passed the House and Senate Education and will soon be heard in Senate Finance and Claims.
Monday, March 25, Senate Finance and Claims will hear SB 338 (Gauthier/Cohenour) - Montana Museums Act: Provides funding for Montana Heritage Center with a 1% tax increase in accommodations tax
SB 338 creates the Montana Museums Act that provides funding for the construction and maintenance of the Montana Heritage Center (and other museum and historical sites around the state) through the adoption of a 1% increase in the existing 3% accommodations tax.
Easy tax to collect. Accommodations industry seems to be on board. If we believe Montana has a history to preserve, study, and display, then this is the bill to pass.
Please urge the committee to support SB 338.
Senate Finance Committee Members
Ryan Osmundson (R) SD 15 Chair
Jon C Sesso (D) SD 37 Vice Chair
Cary Smith (R) SD 27 Vice Chair
Duane Ankney (R) SD 20 Member
Kenneth Bogner (R) SD 19 Member
Mike Cuffe (R) SD 1 Member
Janet Ellis (D) SD 41 Member
Pat Flowers (D) SD 32 Member
David Howard (R) SD 29 Member
Tom Jacobson (D) SD 11 Member
Douglas (Doug) Kary (R) SD 22 Member
Bob Keenan (R) SD 5 Member
Mike Lang (R) SD 17 Member
Nate McConnell (D) SD 48 Member
Mary McNally (D) SD 24 Member
Albert Olszewski (R) SD 6 Member
Daniel R Salomon (R) SD 47 Member
Susan Webber (D) SD 8 Member
Jeffrey W Welborn (R) SD 36 Member
406 444 4800
From Eric Feaver, MFPE president
This week the governor signed HB 159, funding k-12 for the coming biennium; and the House killed several incredibly bizarre anti-vax bills that never deserved attention here.
The 2019 legislature is now taking a break effectively until Monday, March 11, sort of a late winter “spring” break or perhaps better stated an early spring “winter” break. We are half-way through this 90 day session. I hope by the time the legislature comes back to town, we will begin to enjoy relief from simply too much deep snow and cold.
For the next 45 days, expect big battles around revenue enhancements, tax cuts, funding of vital state government programs and personnel (our members), Medicaid Expansion, infrastructure (Montana Heritage Center?), and prek as we continue to look for a compromise consistent with Montana’s constitutional promise of “a system of education which will develop the full educational potential of each person.”
See PDFs: Early Childhood Consensus Memo and Consensus Bill for Early Childhood Education
Comments welcome. Email: email@example.com
MFPE 2019 Legislative Priorities (as of 3/1)
Offense (Bills we support)
State and University
Defense (Bills we oppose)
Watch (Bills we watch)