Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Legislation including mineral withdrawal north of Yellowstone, LWCF to get vote in U.S. Senate next week - Full Article

By Michael Wright Chronicle Staff Writer
Feb 1, 2019

Permanently banning new mining claims north of Yellowstone National Park and renewing a popular conservation fund are closer to reality, as the U.S. Senate plans to take up a broad lands bill including the two measures next week.

The bill, S. 47, contains a variety of public lands legislation across the country including two measures that have been important to the Montana congressional delegation — the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act and the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Representatives from the offices of Montana’s two senators have told the Chronicle the bill will hit the Senate floor early next week for debate with a vote to follow soon after...

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