2023 Capitol Tracker

The lawmakers, bills and votes of the 68th Montana Legislature

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Last update: 11:29 PM Mar 23, 2023
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Sen. Mary Ann Dunwell, SD 42

Sen. Mary Ann Dunwell

Fifth-session Democrat from Helena

Representing Senate District 42
Helena, East Helena

Dunwell previously served in the Montana House in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Committee assignments

Bills sponsored

πŸ“‹ SB 5: Remove requirement for a county to publish public notice in an adjacent county
Mary Ann Dunwell (D)πŸ“ƒ Bill text
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πŸ“‹ SR 58: Resolution honoring Chuck Johnson
✴️1st Cmte.
βšͺ️Senate
πŸ“‹ SB 175: Generally revise economic laws related to public works contracts
❌1st Cmte.
βšͺ️Senate
βšͺ️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 192: Property tax reform for intangible personal property
❌1st Cmte.
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βšͺ️House
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πŸ“‹ SB 193: Require legal review notes be provided to the legislature and the public
❌1st Cmte.
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βšͺ️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 194: Income tax credit for landlords who rent for below market rate
✴️1st Cmte.
βšͺ️Senate
βšͺ️House
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πŸ“‹ SB 258: Establish social security income tax credit
❌1st Cmte.
βšͺ️Senate
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πŸ“‹ SB 259: Small business tax credit for paying a livable wage
❌1st Cmte.
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πŸ“‹ SB 315: Provide for comprehensive sex, gender, and sexuality education in public schools
❌1st Cmte.
βšͺ️Senate
βšͺ️House
βšͺ️Gov.
πŸ“‹ SB 480: Remove opt in requirement for student contact information on ACT test
βœ…1st Cmte.
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Key bill votes

Most recent floor votes on bills identified as notable by MTFP staff.
Motion / BillDunwell (D)OutcomeRepublicansDemocrats
Do Concur /
HB 13: State Employee Pay Plan and revising laws governing state employees
YES
Y
48-1
Y
32-1
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 60: An act providing for an annual fee on electric vehicles registered in the state
NO
Y
39-11
Y
30-4
Y
9-7
Do Concur /
HB 172: Revise laws related to post-election audits
YES
Y
49-1
Y
33-1
Y
16-0
Do Concur /
HB 192: Use surplus revenue for income tax and property tax refunds and payment of bonds
NO
Y
32-18
Y
32-2
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 212: Increase business equipment tax exemption
NO
Y
33-17
Y
33-1
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 222: Provide rebates of property taxes paid on a principal residence
NO
Y
34-16
Y
34-0
N
0-16
Rerefer to JUS-Fitzpatrick /
HB 234: Revise dissemination of obscene material to minors laws
NO
N
18-32
Y
18-16
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 251: Provide budget stability through investment and liability reduction
NO
Y
34-16
Y
34-0
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 267: Create SAFER account for federal highway grants
NO
Y
33-17
Y
33-1
N
0-16
Do Concur /
HB 326: Revise laws relating to the appointment of the judicial standards commission
NO
Y
29-21
Y
29-5
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 70: Revise the Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program
YES
Y
46-4
Y
30-4
Y
16-0
Do Pass /
SB 85: Require management of delisted grizzly bears at sustainable levels
NO
Y
37-12
Y
34-0
N
3-12
Do Pass /
SB 99: Provide for a youth health protection act
NO
Y
30-20
Y
30-4
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 109: Revise laws related to redistricting the PSC
NO
Y
30-20
Y
30-4
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 115: Revise definition of psychological abuse or neglect in CPS cases
YES
Y
47-2
Y
34-0
Y
13-2
Do Pass /
SB 121: Reduce top marginal income tax rate and increase EITC
NO
Y
35-15
Y
34-0
N
1-15
Do Pass /
SB 154: Define the right to privacy to clarify no right to abortion
NO
Y
28-21
Y
28-6
N
0-15
Do Pass /
SB 191: Revise preliminary injunction laws
NO
Y
33-17
Y
33-1
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 201: Revise judicial recusal laws when parties made campaign contributions
NO
Y
33-14
Y
32-0
N
1-14
Do Pass /
SB 295: Revising laws to accommodate grizzly bear delisting
NO
Y
35-15
Y
34-0
N
1-15
Do Pass /
SB 382: Create the Montana Land Use Planning Act
YES
Y
44-6
Y
28-6
Y
16-0
Do Pass /
SB 458: Define sex in Montana law
NO
Y
28-22
Y
28-6
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 481: Require cast vote records
YES
Y
49-1
Y
33-1
Y
16-0
Do Pass /
SB 490: Generally revising the legislature's investigative powers
NO
Y
34-16
Y
34-0
N
0-16
Do Pass /
SB 498: Revise laws related to absentee ballots
YES
Y
50-0
Y
34-0
Y
16-0

Floor vote statistics

Calculations based on 1,250 Senate floor votes in 2023 involving bills.
πŸ₯‡ 72%
of votes cast on winning side
Average for Senate Democrats is 72%.
πŸ”΄ 67%
of votes cast on side taken by most Republicans
Average for Senate Democrats is 68%.
πŸ”΅ 96%
of votes cast on side taken by most Democrats
Average for Senate Democrats is 95%.
Dunwell has been marked absent or excused for 0 votes. Average for Senate lawmakers is 8.6.

SD 42 election results

Last in-cycle for Senate election in 2022. House seats are elected every two years, Senate seats every four.

General election vote, 2022

(D) MARY ANN DUNWELL(D) 55%(R) 45%
Won by 11% (968 votes)

Party primary vote, 2022

(D) MARY ANN DUNWELL(D) 100%
Ran unopposed

Governor vote in district, 2020

(D) COONEY(D) 53%(R) 43%
Won by 11% (1,290 votes)

Montana Free Press coverage

MTFP legislative reporting involving Dunwell.
πŸ“° 2023 Legislature
Bill to define β€˜sex’ clears first major Senate vote
Mar 15, 2023 β€’ Mara Silvers
πŸ“° Education
Sex ed drives raft of public education proposals
Feb 27, 2023 β€’ Alex Sakariassen

About the 2023 Montana Free Press Capitol Tracker

This guide is an effort to make the quantifiable aspects of the Montana Legislature more accessible to the public by compiling information about lawmakers, proposed bills and the legislative process. This is a project of Montana Free Press, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit newsroom that aims to provide Montanans with in-depth, nonpartisan news coverage.

The information presented here is collected from a variety of sources including the Montana Legislature’s public roster and its official bill-tracking system, the Legislative Automated Workflow System, or LAWS. Reporting and web design was done primarily by MTFP Deputy Editor Eric Dietrich. Please contact him at edietrich@montanafreepress.org with bug reports, questions or suggestions.

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