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Good News: Governor Vetoes SB 278; “Anti-Nonprofit” Proposal

      Some good news: Governor Greg Gianforte on May 14 vetoed SB 278, a bill that contained provisions designed to penalize nonprofit environmental organizations. SB 278 would make nonprofit legal actions “challenging or supporting a government action” a taxable action under unrelated business income, and also require a nonprofit that challenges or supports a government action to – “under penalty or perjury” – file documentation with the Montana Attorney General listing the source of each donation over $50. 

     The anti-nonprofit language was inserted late in the legislative process without any opportunity for public comment.

     MALT opposed SB 278 and thanks Gov. Gianforte for his veto.