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Hey there, this is Chloe, live tweeting the SB 99 hearing this morning:… #protecttranskids #mtleg
We've been following SB 99 closely, as it would have major impacts on trans youth and their families, doctors, teachers, and counselors - blocking minors' access to not only medical transition, but ALSO support with social transition
We've been hearing from proponents of the bill so far this morning, spewing stock nonsense about "protecting children" from..... being trans?
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At the hearing for SB99, the anti trans bill. Room is full, we are sitting in the gallery which is filling up.

Senator Fuller opening with his propaganda against trans kids.
He just equated the "decision" to be trans with the decision to do child porn. 🙄
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Working in government and politics, you develop a thick skin for the slings and arrows hurled at you by others.

But this morning, someone sent me a @daily_montanan editorial that was rerun by the @missoulian, and I decided this commentary required a response.
Like many Montanans, I grew up in a family of gun owners. Our family took target practice at the range, hunted game big and small, and learned proper gun handling from an early age. And for four generations, we were card-carrying members of the National Rifle Association.
The original mission of the NRA was firearms and education and training. It was later expanded to include supporting government policies that protect and strengthen our Second Amendment rights, which are essential to the protection of our other constitutional rights.
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Today, MT House Dems & @MTSenateDems tried again to send retention bonuses to MT's frontline health care workers. Once again, Republicans blocked this common-sense proposal. #priorities #mtleg #mtpol
"If we fail to invest resources in keeping the health care workers we have here in Montana, we are going to lose them and further exacerbate our health care workforce shortage,” said @marycaferro.
“Republicans are so focused on out-of-state workers that they are leaving Montana workers--and the communities they serve--hanging out to dry.”
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PSA: #mtleg literally made it against the law for local communities to do anything about COVID. If we pass a local mask mandate the state will strip our city's public funding and/or sue. It's an absolute nightmare. The only person who can take action right now is the governor.
City Councils aren't discussing mask mandates for this reason—not because we don't care. Our cities can't function (water, sewer, roads, transit) without state $$, which was the whole point of writing this threat into law. #mtnews #mtpol
"Just do it anyway, let the state sue you!" The loser there is you the taxpayer who then pays for the lawsuit on BOTH sides. And these aren't cheap lawsuits—they drag on for years. In the meantime the state has dozens of ways to punitively chop Billings' funding. #mtpol
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🚨 IOWA: yesterday Iowa introduced HF 184, what I think is the WORST, most HORRENDOUS anti-trans bill targeting transgender student-athletes. Here's why it's awful:
(THREAD) #ialeg
Iowa HF 184, being billed as a "Save Women's Sports Act," would require student-athletes to participate in sports based on biological sex. This is similar to other bills introduced this year & last, but Iowa goes above & beyond in who they are targeting. #ialeg
Iowa HF 184 defines an “educational institution” as any public or accredited non-public school, regents institution, community college, or any other institution of higher education that is a member of the @NCAA or @NJCAA. It specifically names both NCAA & NJCAA. #ialeg
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#mtleg is discussing HB112 right now, issuing an amendment.
proposal to take out all of the garbage background info from anti-trans advocates, conveniently after it was read and digested. passed... all this is out.
Katie Ledecky is being brought up - and her performances are being compared to men. LET'S BE CLEAR: Montana's HB112 is not about elite Olympian men competing against elite Olympian women.
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Starting momentarily: press briefing with @GregForMontana one week before he's inaugurated. Follow this thread for updates. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says they're prepping for their move into the governor's residence in Helena. One week from today, he will be sworn in. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says they are inviting all Montanans to be part of a virtual swearing in ceremony, which will be live streamed on Facebook. He says rather than invest taxpayer dollars in inauguration related activities, they're going to get straight to work. #mtnews #mtpol
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So what is Direct Primary Care? Dr. Harrop from Polson describes it like this: "at it’s very basic level, DPC is an agreement between you and your doctor. I work for you, not your insurance company.”

Here's a #mtpol #mtleg thread on the benefits of DPC, in Doctor's own words:
Dr. Bridges in Missoula explains DPC fosters stronger doctor-patient relationships, helping w/ prevention:

“The average emergency room charge in this country now is like $2,600. That's 3 years of primary care paid for if I can prevent you from going into one emergency"

Another benefit of eliminating the insurance middleman w/ DPC is transparent REAL prices, not just estimates.

“I can tell you right now for example that the cost of a cholesterol panel is $7.50, no more, no less.” - Dr. Coleman, Whitefish

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Meet Vince Ricci my rep from Laurel, I said to him from across the aisle at Costco “As your constituent I'm horrified to see you representing me without a mask as your wife is in a wheel chair and obviously vulnerable. And I am a type 1 diabetic... Image
.Do you feel you don’t need to protect us?” And he came at me fast with in the 6 feet and I yelled to get back, and my 14 year old daughter had to jump in front of him TWICE before he backed up and his wife kept screaming, “In the name of Jesus”!!!! I am shook! #mtpol #mtleg
@RedMuleSports @Kathi78285378 can you’d guys retweet this! TY!
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Today is the deadline for action on Senate Bill 71, Montana's groundbreaking approach to lowering prescription drug costs. As we wait to hear whether or not SB 71 will become law, here's a recap of how we got here. THREAD:
#mtpol #mtleg #mtnews
From @K_Hought: "the data tied to the settlement will help reveal the pharmaceutical industry’s opaque operations in Montana"

We launched a massive research project and Drug Savings Initiative to get to the bottom of the problem.… #mtpol #mtleg
From the beginning, we knew industry lobbyists were going to fight us every step of the way.

From @hollykmichels: "The commissioner’s office is expecting opposition during the session from lobbyists in the industries it is targeting."… #mtpol #mtleg
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Should I live(ish) tweet this Avista IRP meeting? Sure.
Process has been delayed a bit because of something happening in the #waleg.
Participants in the room include @SierraClub @WAUTC IPUC @350Spokane, customers, and *lots* of Avista staff
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One last time, Montana. Follow along with my fourth and final State of the State here, or watch live at this link:
Even though they don't think my dad jokes are as cool as they did 6 years ago, Caroline, Alex, and Cam remind me every day why I do what I do.

They shape my perspective in office: I want my kids, and all Montana kids, to have every opportunity I had growing up here and more.
The first time I stood at this podium in 2013, our unemployment rate was 5.6%.

Now, at 3.7% it is the lowest it's been in a decade. More people are working than ever before in our state’s history.
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Montana Legislature HB 197 is IMO a misguided approach to a management issue. It would require surveillance software to record all keystrokes and mouse movements on govt contract work. #mtleg #mtpol…
I will agree there has been abuse in state contracts of waste and horrible work but this is not the solution. Who will go back and review all of this? Will it reduce contractors willing to participate? @DanielZolnikov can you provide examples of helpful use in other states?
I am willing to work with #mtleg legislators on a better approach to tackling waste and bad project work if that is indeed the issue. This would be an excellent citizen task force item since we have great tech people here in the state to provide ideas. cc @MontanaHighTech
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