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Montana lawmakers heard a bill on Wednesday that would ban anonymous reporting of child abuse allegations. House Bill 356 would prohibit investigations into child abuse allegations if they are reported by anonymous sources, and would require people reporting abuse to give their name and address.

Capitol Talk: Abortion, Transgender Rights And Open Meeting Laws

Jan 22, 2021

This week on Capitol Talk, restrictions on abortion and trans rights dominate the House Judiciary Committee while that same committee's Republicans bar reporters from a meeting. All that as old fissures reappear in the Republican caucus.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, introduces House Bill 136 to the Montana House Judiciary Committee Jan. 19, 2021. The bill is the first in a slate of bills seeking to add restrictions on abortion access.
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On Tuesday, Montana lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee heard the first two bills to be introduced this session aimed at restricting access to abortion.

Republican Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway is carrying House Bill 136, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks of gestation or later. Republican Rep. Sharon Greef is carrying House Bill 171 which would place new restrictions on medication abortions as well as add new requirements for the providers performing them.

A domestic violence nonprofit in Bozeman this month launched a campaign to fundraise for a new shelter it announced last year, and it says the pandemic highlights the need for more safe spaces.

A rise in the rate of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic comes just as the shelter is most pressed for space.

Meghan Lockner with Bozeman domestic violence resource center Haven says demand for emergency shelter rose by a thousand percent when Governor Steve Bullock’s stay at home order lifted in April and survivors were able to get away from their abusers to seek help.

Montana Lawmakers Hear Testimony On 'Revenge Porn' Bill

Jan 28, 2019
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HELENA -- Montana would be the 42nd state to criminalize nonconsensual pornography if a new bill introduced in the Montana Legislature becomes law.

Rep. Marilyn Ryan, D-Missoula, is sponsoring House Bill 192, which would make the distribution of sexual images of people without their consent a felony.

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Kelsen Young, director of the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence says Montana law treats someone who hurts their dog more harshly than someone who hurts their spouse.

“If you look at abuse toward animals, first offense misdemeanor, second offense felony. Here in current law you have to be convicted of partner/family member assault three times for it to be a felony.”