The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, which is part of the Public Lands Package, is one step closer to reality.

Federal public lands bill, with many Montana benefits, clears early vote

A long-delayed public lands bill with key Montana provisions easily passed a first vote in the U.S. Senate Tuesday. Lawmakers voted 99 to 1 for a public lands package that included permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, plus a ban on new Paradise Valley gold mining outside Yellowstone National Park.