Montana Democrats Announce Their Priorities For 2021 Legislative Session
Montana Democrats released their top legislative priorities for the 2021 legislative session on Tuesday. House Minority Leader Kim Abbott and other Democatic leaders presented their caucuses’ goals for policymaking over the next 90 days, although that did not include specific bill drafts.
“The bottom line for us is that we recognize after coming out of the last year, Montana working families have had a hard time," Abbott said. "And we are laser focused on making sure that we are creating economic opportunity and a situation where we’re creating good jobs.”
Their broad goals include protecting Medicaid expansion, the state subsidized health insurance program for low-income adults, and funding infrastructure projects. Both goals are holdovers from last session, when Democrats partnered with moderate Republicans and a Democratic governor to push those policies through the Legislature.
Now Republicans have a larger majority and a conservative in the governor’s office, meaning their power to pass or to vote down Democrats’ bills has grown.
Some Democratic proposals align with Republican goals, like expanding broadband access statewide and investing in career and technical training.