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Medicaid expansion defeat hinges on ideology in House debate

Medicaid expansion defeat hinges on ideology in House debate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives shot down a third attempt to expand Medicaid on Thursday with a budget amendment one legislator compared to an on-side kick to end a close football game.

February 19, 2015 5:45 pm(0)

Amended religious freedom bill passes House

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives passed a measure Monday morning that would allow people to deny services if they conflict with their religious beliefs. But the House amended the measure to require government employees, including county clerks who issue marriage licenses t…

February 02, 2015 5:45 pm(0)
Wyoming lawmakers reject bill to abolish death penalty

Wyoming lawmakers reject bill to abolish death penalty

CHEYENNE — A bill to abolish the death penalty in Wyoming was defeated Tuesday, despite calls from religious groups to stop the practice.

January 28, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Bill would increase Wyo's minimum wage

CASPER, Wyo. — A bill before the Wyoming Legislature would increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

December 29, 2014 3:25 pm(0)

Wyoming to consider anti-discrimination bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gay rights activists in Wyoming are hoping the recent court victory affording them the right to marry will give them momentum as they push to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

December 06, 2014 10:04 am(0)

Numbers steady for UW domestic partner benefits

CASPER, Wyo. — The number of University of Wyoming employees receiving reimbursement to help pay for health benefits for their domestic partners has remained steady since the program started in 2011.

July 07, 2014 8:30 am(0)
Next in Wyoming gay marriage fight: Anti-discrimination law

Next in Wyoming gay marriage fight: Anti-discrimination law

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming's only openly gay lawmaker says the state should pass a bill that bars discrimination against gays at the same time as various courts consider the legality of gay marriage.

June 27, 2014 9:46 am(0)

LBGT advocates in Wyoming applaud 10th Circuit ruling on Utah gay marriage

CASPER, Wyo. — The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban, which could open the doors for marriage equality in Wyoming, gay marriage advocates said.

June 26, 2014 5:06 am(0)

Gay Wyoming advocates share their stories amid blitz of marriage equality initiatives

CASPER -- Melanie Vigil doesn’t want to marry in Iowa, Massachusetts or New York.

March 31, 2014 8:00 am(0)

Lawmakers consider suicide prevention training law for educators

CASPER, Wyo. — State lawmakers are considering mandatory suicide prevention training for educators.

June 03, 2013 11:31 pm(0)
Wyoming lawmakers show varying resolve for diet

Wyoming lawmakers show varying resolve for diet

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Unwanted pounds multiply like stacks of amendments for many lawmakers in the Wyoming Capitol.

February 15, 2013 11:45 pm Related (0)
Committee advances bill to block federal gun ban

Committee advances bill to block federal gun ban

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A state House committee approved a bill that would make it a felony in Wyoming to enforce stricter federal gun regulations created after the spate of recent mass shootings -- a move that could put Wyoming and the federal law at odds.

January 29, 2013 1:38 pm Related (8)

Some in Wyoming see thaw on gay rights issues

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For years, Democratic lawmakers in Wyoming have floated bills aimed at preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians but have found little support. Now, they seem to have gained some — among Republican lawmakers.

January 27, 2013 2:23 pm(8)

Lawmakers: Human trafficking exists in Wyo

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lawmakers provided emotional accounts of would-be human trafficking violations in Wyoming during debate on the state House floor Thursday.

January 24, 2013 11:15 pm(0)

Committee advances human trafficking bill

CHEYENNE — A Wyoming House committee on Monday voted 9-0 in favor of a bill to ban human trafficking in Wyoming.

January 21, 2013 7:16 pm(0)

From the lobby to the floor, Wyoming's freshman legislators learn the ropes

CHEYENNE -- A rite of passage for freshman lawmakers is introducing a bill on the floor. The state Senate rarely allows it to happen. Some representatives don’t do it until their second year. When freshman Rep. Tom Walters, R-Casper, had an opportunity to present a bill to the House, he didn…

January 20, 2013 11:45 pm(0)

UW students push for action on human trafficking

LARAMIE — Three words — the first three — stand out on a petition a University of Wyoming student group has circulated since late last year in hopes of persuading state leaders to pass a new human rights law.

January 17, 2013 4:29 pm(0)
Gay-marriage bills receive bipartisan support

Gay-marriage bills receive bipartisan support

CHEYENNE -- Two same-sex marriage/civil-union bills introduced by the state's only openly gay legislator are receiving bipartisan support.

January 16, 2013 10:30 pm Related (6)
2 Jackson legislators back gay marriage, civil unions

2 Jackson legislators back gay marriage, civil unions

JACKSON, Wyo. — Two Republican lawmakers are supporting proposals to allow either gay marriage or same-sex civil unions in Wyoming.

January 15, 2013 10:54 am Related (1)

Wyoming House flunks proposed teacher salary change

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday shot down a controversial proposal for a regional cost-of-living adjustment for teachers in the state.

February 13, 2012 11:45 pm(0)

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