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Shaylee Ragar

Capitol Reporter

Shaylee Ragar is Montana Public Radio’s Capitol reporter. She previously worked for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, covered the Legislature for the UM Legislative News Service and interned with MTPR as a student. She graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2019.

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Republican lawmakers are considering doubling a tax cut Gov. Greg Gianforte has proposed for the top marginal income bracket.

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William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

Montana lawmakers advanced a roughly $12 billion state budget Friday. The budget’s passage out of committee is the first major step of many that he Legislature will take to pass a balanced budget.

On Thursday, Montana's Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte put his support behind a bill supporters say would protect religious freedom. Opponents say it would allow for discrimination of LGBTQ Montanans.

Health care worker holding a clipboard.

The Montana House of Representatives advanced a bill Wednesday that outlines how patients could pay for medical care directly without health insurance.


Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen has joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over changes to immigration policy.

Marijuana in jars on a shop shelf.

After a short break last week, Montana's lawmakers are back at the state Capitol. The 67th Legislative Session is now more than halfway to its 90-day deadline and details of the state budget and recreational marijuana regulations still need to be hammered out.

The Session Week 10: We’re Halfway There

Mar 8, 2021

As of mid-day Thursday 1,121 had been introduced and Gov. Greg Gianforte had signed 38 bills into law.

This week we’re breaking down what made it across the transmittal deadline, what failed and where the session is going next.

Former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is taking on a new role outside of public service.

Purdue Pharma announced this week that Bullock has been appointed to oversee the company’s compliance with its voluntary injunction. The injunction is related to the company’s 2019 commitment to refrain from promoting opioids. 

Network cables plugged in to an internet router

Ahead of a Wednesday deadline, Montana lawmakers endorsed one bill and rejected another that aim to increase access to the internet.

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

The 67th session of the Montana Legislature hit the halfway point Tuesday, and lawmakers are taking a break through next Monday. The week before the break was full of marathon policy debates and votes.

With the adjournment of the state Senate at nearly midnight Monday evening, and the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, lawmakers completed the first 45 days of their work.