Secular Coalition for Montana Monthly Conference Call

Location

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 16:00 - 16:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - Montana Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Tuesday, November 27 at 2pm MT

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Montana chapter page at secular.org
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for Montana monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.

 

State Government Update - November Elections
  • U.S. Senate
    • Jon Tester (D) won re-election
  • U.S. House
    • Steven Daines (R) won the seat previously held by Denny Rehberg (R)
  • Governor
    • Steve Bullock and John E. Walsh (D) won
  • State Senate
    • 26 seats were up for election
    • Democratic Party gained 1 seat, but the Republican Party maintained a 27-23 majority
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 100 seats are up for election
    • Republican Party lost 5 seats, but still holds a 63-37 majority

Issues/Events
  • Montana did not have a regular legislative session in 2012
  • 2013 Session begins January 7th 
    • 2013 introduced bills
    • 2013 unintoduced bills to keep an eye on:
      • LC0034 - Bullying bill (watch out for religious exemption)
      • Multiple laws on revising school funding (watch out for vouchers)
    • 2011 bills to watch out for in upcoming 2013 session:
    • SR 1: A prayer will come before floor action on the senate agenda. (2011)
    • HB 153/30: Would have allowed for faith-based health-care “sharing ministries” in Montana and created a state income-tax credit for payments to a ministry or its members, which would not be regulated by the insurance commissioner. (2011)
    • HB 227: Would have allowed daycare students to be exempt from immunizations based on religious reasons. (2011)
  • Any issues or events happening in Montana?

Chapter Development Status
Wrap Up
  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
    • Putting Executive Committee members in contact with each other
  • What you can do:
    • Email Kelly if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out the Montana chapter page for updates
    • Like the Secular Coalition for Montana Facebook page
    • Spread the word!

 

Contact Information Thank You!
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