We can only hold our legislators accountable if we know what they’re doing. Even if you don’t have time to send them a message, it is still valuable to know how your legislators voted on issues that you care about so we’re trying to make that as easy as possible.
If you do want to contact your legislator after seeing how they voted, go for it! Even a quick thank you message would certainly brighten their day. It also helps keep our spirits up if we’re not always sending angrygrams. If you disagree with their vote, you can also give them that feedback if you want.
Step 1: Who are my legislators?
If you don’t know who your legislators are, you can use this handy Legislative Lookup Map.
Step 2: How did they vote?
Once you know what name you’re looking for, you can click any of the below bill names to view the most recent vote counts. This list only includes bills that made it out of committee and went to floor votes.
- HB 385 – Guns in Schools (failed in a 43-57 vote)
- HB 417 – Extend Protections against Discrimination (blast motion failed in a 43-55 vote, also consider thanking sponsor Kelly McCarthy if you want even more warm fuzzies)
- SB 282 – Abortion Ban after 24 Weeks (passed in a 32-18 vote)
- SB 305 – Voting by Mail for Special Election (passed in a 37-13 vote)
- HB 501 – No Business with Companies Boycotting Israel (passed in a 61-38 vote)
- HJ 9 – Remove Protection for Wilderness Areas (passed in a 56-44 vote)
- SB 97 – Anti-Sharia Law (passed in a 27-21 vote)
(Optional) Step 3: How do I contact them?
If you aren’t sure how to contact your legislator, the Montana Legislature has a detailed information page. It includes instructions for contacting them by phone, online message, mail, or fax. It even includes tips for writing an effective letter. I highly recommend checking it out!
Let us know in the comments if there are any other bills with floor votes that you think should be added to this list.