Montana blood-alcohol bill blows through House

| 4/8/2003

With 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 to 0.08.

SB13, 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.

The 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.