Montana Bill to Ban Local Transgender, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Protections Abandoned by Senate

Senate Sends Bill Back to Committee to Die Day After Receiving TLDEF Letter

Montana House Bill 516 – which would have made it unlawful for any city, town or county in the state to pass a law protecting transgender, lesbian, gay or bisexual Montanans from discrimination – is all but dead. Just one day after receiving TLDEF’s letter expressing concerns about the bill’s constitutionality, the Montana Senate sent the bill back to committee to die. Last Friday, that committee concluded its work without reviving the bill. So while nothing is guaranteed until the full legislature’s session ends on April 29th, as of last Friday, the time for virtually all of the maneuvers that could resuscitate the bill had expired. The bill had previously passed the Montana House of Representatives.