Ban on TikTok in Montana advances to Senate floor

A bill that would outright ban TikTok in Montana cleared its first significant hurdle.

Senate Bill 419, sponsored by State Sen. Shelley Vance (R-Belgrade), cleared the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee on a 7-3 vote on Monday morning following its initial hearing.

The legislation, which will now head to the Senate floor, would prohibit internet service providers from allowing TikTok to operate in the state and would also prevent mobile application stores from offering it to users in Montana.

The law would take effect at the start of 2024.