the threat of losing millions in federal transportation funds,
the Montana House easily passed legislation to lower the
state's blood-alcohol concentration limit from 0.10 percent
sponsored by Sen. Dale Mahlum, R-Missoula, won approval in
the House on March 31 by a 94-4 vote. The bill now heads
back to the Senate for consideration of House amendments
before going to the governor.
Treasure State has so far resisted a 2-year-old federal law
requiring all states to adopt the 0.08 standard by October
or risk losing 2 percent of its highway money.