It is official...
Montana has instituted our 1st Dyslexia LAW!
SB-140 passed Congress and was signed into LAW
by Governor Bullock on May 1, 2019.
The LAW goes into effect July 1, 2019
Please study our new law and share this valuable information with your schools and community!
Contacting Your Legislators
Constituents/ DDDMT Advocates- may contact legislators directly at anytime through any of the means listed under the Address and Email area listed. Individual webpages may be found by clicking on a legislators name on the legislative roster.
The 67th Legislature convenes in 2021
Regular office hours during the session are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to adjournment on Saturdays.
You may leave messages for legislators or acquire general legislative information by calling the Information Desk at (406) 444-4800. Callers may leave messages for up to 5 individual legislators or 1 legislative committee per call.
Please contact your legislator during session by using the online message form.
A well-written, genuine letter is one of the best ways to let your legislator know your thoughts and opinions about a particular issue.
Here are some tips for getting your message across effective:
1. Put the message in your own words.
2.Tell your personal story and journey.
3.Share the emotion, the tears, frustration, hopes and desires.
Name, address, and a little about who you are (for example: your connection to dyslexia, why this issue is important to you, the age of your child and what school/ school district your child attends and your affiliation with Decoding Dyslexia).
Address letters to:
Senator ( name)
PO Box 200500
Helena, MT 59620-0500
Rep. ( name)
Montana House of Representatives
PO Box 200400
Helena, MT 59620-0400
he Bill is SB-140Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act
United, as a group of concerned parents, students, teachers, professors, speech paths, state officials, grandparents, tribal leaders: MONTANAN'S from across the state, all ages and backgrounds, are gathering to make a positive change addressing literacy.
We are testifying at the State Capitol in Helena, February 6, 2019. Meet on the front steps on the north side of the capitol at 2:30 for instructions. We will then go in to room 317 to testify before the Education committee at 3:00. Depending on how many people show up we will have time to tell a little about our dyslexia journey and advocate for change!
Please contact your local representative and Governor Steve Bullock to share your story and ask for their support!
Our continued advocacy is critical to the success of this new law. Please take the time to: write, call or go visit with your local legislator to THANK them personally, for supporting our new legislation and for their continued commitment to improving literacy in Montana!
It is critical that you continue to further your relationship with your local legislator. Having a law in place is not a magic wand. It will take time and energy to implement the law in a way that will benefit students and families. Only through your individual efforts will true change happen! Thank you for your ongoing commitment to all Montana families.