Establishes the Patient Visitation Rights Act, prohibits a care facility from restricting visitation based on vaccination status

State: MT
Bill Number: SB 308
Position: SUPPORT
Action Required: NONE
Status: ENACTED, signed by Governor Greg Gianforte on 5/3/2023, effective 10/1/2023, Chapter Number 406

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 5/3/2023 - SB 308 was enacted. It was signed by Governor Greg Gianforte on 5/3/2023, with effective date of 10/1/2023, Chapter Number 406.

UPDATE: 4/26/2023 - SB 308 was sent to the Governor on 4/26/2023. 

UPDATE: 4/20/2023 - SB 308 was returned from Enrolling and Printed on 4/18/2023 and signed by the Senate President on 4/20/2023.  See enrolled version here. 

UPDATE: 4/14/2023 - SB 308 passed Third Reading in House on 4/13/2023 by vote of 75 Yes, 25 No. It was sent for Enrolling.

UPDATE: 4/13/2023 - SB 308 is scheduled for Third Reading in House on 4/13/2023.

UPDATE: 4/12/2023 - SB 308 passed Second reading in the House by a vote of 73 Yes, 26 No on 4/12/2023. 

UPDATE: 4/7/2023 - The House Human Services Committee concurred with SB 308 by a vote of 11 yes and 10 no on 4/7/2023 and is scheduled for 2nd reading on 4/12/2023. 

UPDATE: 3/28/2023 - SB 308 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Human Services Committee on 4/5/2023 at 3:00 PM in Hearing Room 152. See agenda here.

UPDATE: 3/17/2023 - SB 308 was referred to the House Human Services Committee on 3/15/2023 and is scheduled for a hearing on 3/30/2023 at 3:00 PM in Hearing Room 152.  See agenda here. 

UPDATE: 3/3/2023 - SB 308 was transmitted to the House on 3/3/2023.

UPDATE: 3/2/2023 - SB 308 passed the 3rd  reading of the Senate on 3/1/2023 by a vote of 40 Yes, 10 No

UPDATE: 3/1/2023 - SB 308 passed the 2nd reading of the Senate on 3/1/2023 by a vote of 40 Yes, 10 No.

UPDATE: 2/27/2023 - SB 308 was amended and passed the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee on 2/27/2023 by a vote of 6 Yes 3 No. The amendments did not change the intent of the bill or NVIC's position on it.

UPDATE: 2/14/2023 - SB 308 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee on Wednesday, February 22nd at 3:00 PM in Hearing Room 317. View hearing notice HERE

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UPDATE: 2/10/2023 - SB 308 was referred to the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee.

UPDATE: 2/9/2023 - LC 644 was introduced and given the bill number SB 308 on 2/9/2023. 

LC 644 draft bill was ready for delivery on 1/9/2023.  This bill is sponsored by Senator Kenneth Bogner

This bill establishes the "Patient Visitation Rights Act" that would establish, among other things, a care facility cannot impose a restriction on visitation based on a visitor's vaccination status or require a visitor to receive a vaccination subject to 49-2-312 and 49-2-313. 

NVIC supports this section but does not take a position on the sections of the bill that do not refer to vaccines.$BSIV.ActionQuery?P_BILL_DFT_NO5=LC0644&Z_ACTION=Find&P_SESS=20231 - text, status and history for LC 644