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Wyoming Legislature

Committee hears conflicting testimony over 'right to try'

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A proposed bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek experimental drugs as a last-ditch effort to improve their condition drew conflicting testimony during a hearing before a Senate committee.

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Bill for minimum wage increase fails

CHEYENNE — A bill that would have increased the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour failed in a legislative committee Friday morning.

January 23, 2015 3:02 pmLoading…
House passes judicial age bill

House passes judicial age bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to raise the mandatory retirement age for Wyoming Supreme Court and district court judges.

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Wyoming House moves to allow national science standards

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Thursday to rolling back last year’s prohibition against the Wyoming State Board of Education adopting national science standards that teach that burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming.

January 22, 2015 4:51 pmLoading…

House approves increase in retirement age for judges

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators advanced a proposal Thursday that would increase the mandatory retirement age for the state’s judges to 75. The measure passed 49-11 and will move to the Senate for consideration.

January 22, 2015 4:45 pmLoading…
Kasich promotes federal balanced budget amendment in Cheyenne stop

Kasich promotes federal balanced budget amendment in Cheyenne stop

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Ohio governor and potential presidential candidate John Kasich said the lack of a federal balanced budget is akin to inviting a friend to lunch and then sticking her with the bill.

January 22, 2015 1:51 pmLoading…

Bill to assess fines for worker deaths passes Wyoming legislative committee

CHEYENNE — A Senate committee Wednesday morning approved a bill that would fine employers who commit violations that result in a worker’s death, although skeptics said it isn’t strong enough to protect workers.

January 21, 2015 5:13 pmLoading…

Senators debate penalties in data trespass legislation

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming senators sparred Wednesday on the Senate floor over stiff penalties provided in a bill that would create the crime of trespassing to collect data.

January 21, 2015 4:45 pmLoading…

Bill would require future laws written with gender-neutral words

CASPER, Wyo. — The 12 women in the Wyoming Legislature are sponsoring a bill that would require future legislation be drafted with gender-neutral words.

January 21, 2015 3:30 pmLoading…
Lawmaker questions increased costs of Medicaid expansion alternative

Lawmaker questions increased costs of Medicaid expansion alternative

CHEYENNE — One of the key backers of a Senate bill to expand Wyoming’s Medicaid program is dismissing estimates that the bill would require higher administrative costs than the plan favored by Gov. Matt Mead.

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Lawmakers propose creating special investigator office

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing to create a new special prosecutor's office in state government to look into any allegations of wrongdoing against top state officials.

January 20, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…

Wyoming legislative panel recommends prepaid cellphone tax

CHEYENNE — A proposed tax on prepaid cellphones could help local governments, including Laramie County, pay for their 911 emergency operations.

January 20, 2015 6:30 pmLoading…

House committee opposes bill allowing ministers to refuse gay marriages

CHEYENNE — A bill that would have reaffirmed the right of religious officials to decline to marry same-sex couples was defeated Tuesday morning in a state legislative committee.

January 20, 2015 5:30 pmLoading…

House committee approves marijuana decriminalization bill

CHEYENNE — A bill that would decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana possession passed a House committee Tuesday morning.

January 20, 2015 5:15 pmLoading…
Wyoming House committee approves marijuana decriminalization bill

Wyoming House committee approves marijuana decriminalization bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana passed a House committee Tuesday morning.

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Asset forfeiture bill heads to Wyoming Senate floor

CHEYENNE — A bill that would prohibit police from seizing people’s property unless they are charged with a felony drug crime passed out of a legislative committee Monday morning.

January 19, 2015 6:33 pmLoading…

Senate committee approves education accountability bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Senate Education Committee has endorsed a bill meant to tweak the state's school accountability system and establish guidelines for teacher and leader accountability systems.

January 17, 2015 5:30 pmLoading…

Medicaid expansion advocates will use business tactic this year

CHEYENNE — In the past years of proposed, but failed, Medicaid expansion bills before the Wyoming Legislature, advocates have used arguments of logic and emotion.

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Wyoming lawmakers give initial OK to drone limits

Wyoming lawmakers give initial OK to drone limits

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill that would limit how law enforcement agencies can use drones.

January 16, 2015 4:16 pmLoading…
Wyoming lawmakers give initial OK to drone limits

Wyoming lawmakers give initial OK to drone limits

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill that would limit how law enforcement agencies can use drones.

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Bill allows counties to join Wyoming employees' insurance plan

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming counties struggling to provide health insurance to employees could be afforded an alternative with a bill that would allow them to join the state employees’ group insurance plan.

January 14, 2015 8:00 pmLoading…
Bill would allow Wyoming county clerks, others to deny marriage licenses to gays

Bill would allow Wyoming county clerks, others to deny marriage licenses to gays

CASPER, Wyo. — On the heels of the court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in Wyoming, a bill before the state Legislature would allow people — including county clerks — to deny services if their religious beliefs conflict with government policy.

January 14, 2015 7:00 pmLoading…
Gov. Mead: I will wage fight for Wyoming coal

Gov. Mead: I will wage fight for Wyoming coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead is pledging to keep fighting “with bulldog determination” for the future of Wyoming coal.

January 14, 2015 5:30 pm Photos

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Medicaid expansion supporters, opponents offer mixed reaction to State of State

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On the Wyoming Hospital Association’s website, a ticker shows, second by second, the amount of federal funding Wyoming has foregone by not expanding Medicaid.

January 14, 2015 5:00 pmLoading…

Wyoming Senate gives first approval to firing squad bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming could use the firing squad to execute condemned inmates under a bill that has received preliminary approval from the state senate.

January 14, 2015 4:50 pmLoading…

Wyoming chief justice addresses lawmakers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The chief justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court tells state lawmakers that the condition of the state's judiciary is strong.

January 14, 2015 3:00 pmLoading…
Wyoming governor says he will fight for state's coal

Wyoming governor says he will fight for state's coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead is pledging to keep fighting "with bulldog determination" for the future of Wyoming coal.

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2015 Wyoming Legislature

January 13, 2015 10:14 pm Photos

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Some lawmakers shocked at price of UW science initiative

Some lawmakers shocked at price of UW science initiative

CASPER, Wyo. — A team of University of Wyoming science faculty and business leaders showed lawmakers pictures of mice and passed around plants Tuesday afternoon to explain how a $196.2 million initiative would improve research and education in areas such as molecular biology, chemistry and p…

January 13, 2015 6:15 pmLoading…

Wyoming lawmakers sworn in amid questions about rate of savings, oil revenues

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Senate President Phil Nicholas, R-Laramie, said the state needs to examine revenues and spending for the next decade in anticipation of less money in coffers from oil and natural gas.

January 13, 2015 5:00 pmLoading…

Advocates push for second try on Wyoming innocence bills

A year ago, things were looking up for Andrew Johnson.

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Legislative session promises serious policy with some levity

CASPER, Wyo. — For about 40 days beginning Tuesday, the 2015 general session of the Wyoming Legislature will meet in Cheyenne and pass and reject bills that will affect every state resident.

January 11, 2015 12:00 pmLoading…

Wyoming Legislature: 5 key issues

CASPER, Wyo. — As the 63rd Wyoming Legislature convenes Tuesday, lawmakers will consider several bills with long-term impacts on the state’s health care, financial and labor landscape.

January 11, 2015 12:00 pmLoading…
Lawmaker brings back bill to honor jackalope

Lawmaker brings back bill to honor jackalope

CASPER, Wyo. — Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, has ambitions for an alleged mammal with the body of a jackrabbit and the horns of an antelope.

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Legislation seeks to ease punishment for some drug offenses

Legislation seeks to ease punishment for some drug offenses

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lawmakers will be asked to consider several proposals to ease the penalties for low-level drug offenses when they begin the 2015 session next week.

January 09, 2015 2:30 pmLoading…
New coalition pushes anti-discrimination law

New coalition pushes anti-discrimination law

CASPER, Wyo. — A group of business and opinion leaders announced the formation of a coalition to advocate changes in state law to protect gay and transgender people in the workplace.

January 08, 2015 6:30 pmLoading…

Legislature considers Medicaid, firing squads, pot

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature will consider expanding Medicaid to low-income Wyomingites, allowing the execution of death row inmates by firing squad and dozens of other bills in 2015.

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Ag interests aim for energy ombudsman

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming agricultural interests won’t be focused intently on the work of the Legislature’s agriculture committees in the upcoming legislative sessions.

January 02, 2015 6:30 pmLoading…
Wyoming's Year in News Photos

Wyoming's Year in News Photos

Rep. Marti Halverson sits at her desk during the first day of the 2014 budget session Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne. (Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune)

December 17, 2014 6:10 pm

Wyoming lawmakers advance Medicaid expansion proposal

CHEYENNE — A plan to extend health coverage to thousands of low-income Wyoming residents cleared a major hurdle Tuesday.

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Health facilities task force report to be considered in interim

CHEYENNE — The task force analyzing the role of Wyoming’s state-run medical facilities presented its final report to the legislature at a Tuesday meeting of the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services committee in Cheyenne.

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Wyoming lawmakers endorse workplace fatality bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths.

December 16, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Lawmakers debate proposal to fine companies $50K for workplace deaths

Lawmakers debate proposal to fine companies $50K for workplace deaths

CASPER, Wyo. — State lawmakers will take up a proposal this week to fine companies $50,000 for a workplace safety violation resulting in a fatality.

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Education committee advances school security initiatives

CASPER, Wyo. — Legislators advanced a bill Thursday that would improve safety conditions in Wyoming schools.

December 12, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…

Wyoming legislators seek to add transparency

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers recommended five new rules that would encourage legislative leadership to post certain meeting notices, vote tallies and other information to the Internet as soon as possible.

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Wyoming legislators propose rebuilt tribal liaison program

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators introduced legislation to revamp the state’s tribal liaison program Tuesday at a meeting of the Select Committee on Tribal Relations.

December 09, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Seeing green: Most Wyominigites support medical pot

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyomingites’ long-standing support for medical marijuana may move toward reality, as the Legislature will be awash in cannabis bills next month.

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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.

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Bill seeks to address Wyoming highway safety

CHEYENNE — A legislative proposal seeks to make highway merging safer for drivers.

December 05, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

Out-of-state PACs will continue to file paperwork

CASPER, Wyo. — A Wyoming legislative committee declined to relieve out-of-state political action committees of the requirement to disclose contributions and expenditures in Wyoming.

November 28, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…

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