Where: Montana House Member Office (202) 225-3251
When: ASAP – Before the House vote on AHCA
Dixie Hart had a suggestion this morning – as yet more “versions” of the AHCA surfaced to accommodate the “no government in health care” faction of the GOP. It occurred to her that as one million Montana people currently without a representative in the House, we have been effectively disenfranchised from this momentous decision (vote). Here’s her idea for an ALERT:
“I decided to go ahead and call the switchboard in D.C., (202)224-3121 and express my frustration about not having representation in the House when legislation on a bill as critical as healthcare is being voted on. I asked the staffer if they could tape a note to the empty chair of the Montana U.S. house member that says, “Vote NO on the unhealthy AHCA”. The switchboard operator said he couldn’t do it, but put me through to the Montana House member office in D.C. I made the same request to the staffer, asking her to tape the note to the Montana House members seat on the floor where the vote will take place and she said she would.
I think we should get an email out to our Indivisible members and ask everyone to call either the D.C. switchboard (202)224-3121 or the D.C. Montana House Member Office (202)225-3211 and express your concern about not having representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, and ask that a note be taped to the chair of the Montana House Member on the floor where the vote will take place that says “Vote NO on AHCA”. Lets see if these notes actually get to the floor and what that looks like on camera!!!!!”
From Governor Steve Bullock…
I am asking you to take action towards combating climate change and investing in Montana’s renewable energy industry by contacting the Montana Legislature, today.
I believe Montanans should determine our energy future through a balanced and responsible plan that provides good-paying jobs for Montanans, strengthens rural communities and supports our schools, all while safeguarding our quality of life.
Last June, I released my Energy Blueprint for the state’s energy future, which builds on our previous accomplishments to drive economic growth by improving Montana’s traditional base of energy while sparking a new generation of clean technology businesses.
My Energy Blueprint is designed to help our state move strategically into the energy future by expanding Montana’s energy presence in the region, further realizing the potential for wind and solar power, and improving energy efficiency.
Among my energy proposals for this Legislative Session is Senate Bill 330, sponsored by Senator Chas Vincent. SB 330 would authorize allow Montana local governments to establish voluntary residential and commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE programs are an innovative way for local communities to finance low-cost, long-term funding options for properties to develop energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects. Continue reading
Review of actions (Voting by mail issue). New action issues. Report on the volunteer work. Organizational business.
Date and Time: Monday April 17, 2017
Location: Livingston Food Resource Center, 202 South Second, Livingston MT
Contact: Dixie Hart 222-0294
Indivisible – Upper Yellowstone
Monday, March 20, 2017 6:30PM
Livingston Food Resource Center, 202 South Second
Twenty-four people present, chaired by Dixie Hart and Nelson King
The Montana Special Election “Voting by Mail” is the first Action focus of our group and virtually all of those present indicated they’d called/written/emailed relevant people associated with SB 305 (the bill authorizing the use of mail for voting in the special election for Ryan Zinke’s former U.S. House of Representatives seat). According to feedback from the Montana legislative switchboard and others, the volume of protest communication has surprised State House Judiciary Committee leaders. There will be a hearing on the bill March 23 (Wednesday). In ad hoc fashion, two or more carloads of people from Indivisible-Upper Yellowstone organized to go up to Helena either to demonstrate or speak in favor of the bill. Continue reading
We need volunteers for these areas of work…
Issues (Research, Prioritizing, Presenting)
• Stay current with issues, modifying issue summaries and lists as needed
• Analyze issues for priority and make recommendation to the group
• Prepare selected issues for action planning and action teams (talking points etc.)
[This is ‘cutting edge’ work for us because there are so many issues – daily – that choosing which of them are the most important and most likely to be effectively addressed by Indivisible-Upper Yellowstone will be a continuous challenge. We have to react quickly to local and state issues as well as monitor what we can do about national issues. People who take on this work will need to be newshounds and gluttons for unpleasant news, while using sound judgement to study each issue that might be a candidate for action by our group.] Continue reading
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Monthly meeting: Discussion of first action “Voting by Mail”, organizational matters, and volunteer work to be done.
Date and Time: Monday March 20, 2017
Location: Food Resource Center, 202 South 2nd, Livingston
Contact: Nelson King 222-5881