In front of family members, advocates and bill sponsors, Gov. Steve Bullock signed a package of legislation aimed at the missing and murdered indigenous women epidemic into law at the State Capitol Thursday.
Bullock also signed legislation that honors Montana’s native heritage and history, including a bill to put on permanent display the flags of Montana’s Tribal Nations on the State Capitol grounds and two bills to establish memorial highways for Native American veterans.
The bills signed into law are:
- HB 20, Revising laws related to the report of missing children, by Rep. Ray Peppers
- HB 21, Establishing Hanna’s Act, by Rep. Rae Peppers
- HB 54, Revising laws related to missing persons reports, by Rep. Rae Peppers
- HB 158, Revise and fund purple heart scholarship, include higher medals, by Rep. Rae Peppers
- HB 524, Generally revise laws related to the creation of tribal monument and flag circle, by Rep. Marvin Weatherwax, Jr.
- HB 717, Establish the Louis Charles Charlo memorial highway, by Rep. Marvin Weatherwax, Jr.
- HB 632, Require decennial report on economic impact of Indian reservations, by Rep. Jade Bahr
- HB 748, Establish the Minnie Spotted-Wolf memorial highway, by Rep. Jade Bahr
- SB 40, Requiring OPI to create and maintain electronic directory photograph repository, by Sen. Frank Smith
- SB 212, Revise resident nonbeneficiary student laws, by Sen. Susan Webber
- SB 312, Create the looping in native communities network grant program, by Sen. Jason Small