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Montana Capitol building.
Nick Mott / MTPR

Lawmakers reached a tentative deal Tuesday on a policy to report and investigate harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving lawmakers and legislative employees.

A conference committee recommended lawmakers rejected a House proposal that the policy also apply to lobbyists, media and members of the public.

A fisherman in the Bitterroot River near Painted Rocks State Park.
Josh Burnham

An optional fee increase on vehicle registrations that would help reduce a multi-million dollar maintenance backlog at state parks passed an initial vote in the Montana Senate today.

The fees Montanans pay when registering vehicles would increase from $6 to $9 under Senate Bill 24, although people could decline to pay the fee.

Montana Highway Patrol Hosts DUI Lab To Educate Legislators

Feb 12, 2019
Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Kurt Sager demonstrates for legislators part of a field sobriety test on a participant, tracking his eye movements. Feb. 12, 2019.
Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service

HELENA -- As Montana lawmakers consider overhauling the state’s DUI laws, the Montana Highway Patrol wants to dispel myths about blood alcohol levels.

This week, the Highway Patrol hosted a demonstration with live intoxicated volunteers to show just how much alcohol it actually takes to be beyond legal limits.