Montana is the third state to legalize “lane filtering,” which goes into effect October 1st. According to MTN News Senate Bill 9 allows drivers of two-wheeled motorcycles to overtake stopped or slow-moving vehicles at a speed not greater than 20 miles per hour in order to “filter” between lanes of stopped traffic traveling in the same direction as conditions permit. Governor Greg Gianforte signing bill in March that legalizes it under certain conditions.
This year’s proposed changes to deer and elk hunting regulations by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are on a scale unlike anything sportsmen have ever seen before as FWP looks for ways to combine hunting districts and simplify license structures for the upcoming biennial season-setting session. The first draft of the proposed changes has recently been released and Fish Wildlife and Parks is taking its first round of public comment through October 20th.
Montana has had the 3rd highest recovery in payroll jobs since the start of the pandemic. Total employment is more than 99.5% recovered from the pandemic. Since January the number of Montanans receiving unemployment has plummeted by 87%. The State has also had strong wage growth growing at 7.9% in 2020 the fastest personal income gains of any state in the nation.
Investigators are seeking the cause for derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder near Joplin in far northern Montana that killed three people. There were roughly 160 passengers and crew on the train including Megan Vanderves.
People are encouraged to sign up to vote on National Voter Registration Day Tuesday. According to Forward Montana’s Bozeman field manager Emma Bode some people might not be aware there are elections this year in Montana but people will have a chance to vote in local elections which she says impact everyone’s day-to-day life.
Seven people injured after the Amtrak Empire Builder train derailed Saturday along Montana’s Hi-Line three miles east of Joplin near a switch on the tracks remained hospitalized Sunday but are in stable condition and three people are confirmed to be deceased. Injuries were reported among both passengers and crew members. On board the train which originated in Chicago and was destined for the Seattle and Portland areas were 146 passengers and 13 crew members. Officials have not announced a cause and an investigation is ongoing.