MCADSV Public Policy Staff
Kelsen Young, Executive Director
Sarah Rossi, Public Policy & Legal Director
MCADSV is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, public education, public policy and program development. Our mission is to support and facilitate networking among our member organizations while advocating for social and systems change in Montana.
One of those activities – public policy work – is an ongoing process that is most effective if we all work together. It involves educating, informing and working with decision-makers (at the local, state, and federal levels) so that the policies and programs they implement pay heed to the consequences, both negative and positive, that their decisions might have for victims of domestic and sexual violence and the services they can access. A large portion of the policy work that MCADSV undertakes can be divided into two areas: state level and federal level.
Montana’s State Legislature
The Legislature in Montana meets in regular session for 90 working days in every odd numbered year beginning in January. The Policy Staff will be present at the Capitol throughout the entire session to make sure that our Movement’s voice is heard during the law making process. Policy staff will also work together to produces an End of Session Final Legislative Report, a Voting Record for Legislators, and a breakdown of how each Legislator voted on MCADSV’s primary legislation. We hope that you find the information appealing, informative and useful.
End of Session Legislative Report
This report gives you a fairly detailed analysis of each of the primary bills that MCADSV was supporting, opposing, or “watching”. We have not included the final status of all of the bills, but that information is available upon request or by accessing the Legislative Services website. We provide a brief description of the bill, an analysis of the progress of the bill as it moved through the session, and brief statements about what we anticipate for the future. Please feel free to contact us for further information about a particular piece of legislation. We also provide a detailed breakdown of the bill’s votes throughout the process.
Voting Record of Legislators
Non-profits, including MCADSV, are prohibited in participating in electoral activities or taking a particular stance in elections or on candidates for political office. Our End of Session Voting Record for Legislators is meant to provide you with information about how each Legislator voted on the primary pieces of legislation that MCADSV was tracking. It is not meant to convince you to advocate for one candidate over another or to engage in electoral activities. Nonprofits are allowed to compile voting history information. Again, the list is not exhaustive but reflects those bills we determined were most important. All of the information is public record – available on the Legislative Services division website. We have also conducted a level of analysis to indicate whether a particular Legislator voted in support of legislation we supported, or voted in support of legislation we opposed. If you have questions about how we determined the voting percentages, please contact us.
Detailed Vote Breakdown for Each Legislator
These Excel files include a detailed breakdown for each of the 150 Montana Legislators. You can access your Legislator by opening the House or Senate Excel file, and then scrolling to click on the tab for your particular Legislator. The file includes contact information, a breakdown of how they voted on our primary legislation, information about whether or not they are “termed” or will be up for re-election, and information about bills they sponsored if they were on any of our tracking lists.
Federal-Level Policy Work
MCADSV partners with a number of national organizations to educate Montana’s 3-person Congressional Delegation about issues related to domestic and sexual violence and to inform them about pending federal legislation that is relevant. We are a member of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), which has been working with Congress on issues related to domestic violence, Violence Against Women Act funding, and victims’ rights.
Click here to go to the Legislative Action Center on the NNEDV website and check out the most current information on the policy issues they feel are critical.
Montana’s Congressional Delegation
Montana currently has three members in its Congressional Delegation: two Senators and one Congressman. Since they represent all of Montana, it is important to keep them informed about our concerns and the issues we consider important. We also need to thank them and encourage them whenever they support us and our positions.
If you are interested in building a better understanding of some of the public policy issues related to domestic and sexual violence, please check out some of the resources that we use on a regular basis: