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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.

December 16, 2014 7:15 pmLoading…

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…
'Death with dignity' bill will be introduced in the Legislature

'Death with dignity' bill will be introduced in the Legislature

CASPER Wyo. — Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, said he will sponsor a bill next year that would permit terminally ill Wyomingites to obtain a prescription to end their lives.

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Mead, lawmakers want to discuss $2 billion rainy day fund

CASPER, Wyo. — With $2 billion in the state’s rainy day fund, Gov. Matt Mead and some Wyoming leaders want to discuss whether it’s time to start spending.

November 16, 2014 11:00 amLoading…
Nicholas, Brown to lead Wyoming Legislature

Nicholas, Brown to lead Wyoming Legislature

CASPER, Wyo. — Sen. Phil Nicholas will be president of the Wyoming Senate and Rep. Kermit Brown will be speaker of the House next year.

November 15, 2014 4:00 pm Photos


McGinity eyes closer University of Wyoming ties to Legislature

McGinity eyes closer University of Wyoming ties to Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Finding ways to prevent off-campus violence involving students and alcohol is one of the topics University of Wyoming administrators plan to discuss with state lawmakers in next year’s legislative session, UW President Dick McGinity said.

November 12, 2014 12:34 pmLoading…

Women to be down by 2 in Wyoming Legislature

CASPER, Wyo. — The recent election reduced even further the already small portion of women serving in the Wyoming Legislature.

November 10, 2014 1:18 pm

Democrats gain seat in Legislature; ultraconservatives gain 3

CASPER, Wyo. — Time will tell whether the state Legislature becomes more conservative next year, when 16 newly elected lawmakers take oaths in the House and Senate.

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Science standards halt at the state, not for districts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — When the Wyoming Legislature adjourned in March, it left school districts in limbo.

November 02, 2014 5:30 pm Related Loading…

Bill would eliminate civil asset forfeiture in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — A state legislative committee will sponsor a bill in the 2015 session that would prohibit law enforcement and prosecutors from seizing property unless the owner has been convicted of a crime.

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Felon voting rights bill advances in committee

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A bill to make it easier for nonviolent felons to regain their voting rights was approved Friday by a legislative committee in Wyoming.

September 12, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…

Joint Education Committee to talk statewide governance

CASPER, Wyo. — A discussion about an ongoing education governance survey will headline a meeting of the state Legislature's Joint Education Committee meeting in Casper on Wednesday.

September 09, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…
Group asks state lawmakers for cyclist protections

Group asks state lawmakers for cyclist protections

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Citing the deaths of at least four cyclists so far this year, an organization devoted to people who bicycle and walk is asking Wyoming lawmakers to consider new safety laws.

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Wyoming lawmakers head to Asia on trade mission

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Six Wyoming lawmakers are traveling to Asia next week as part of the state's continuing effort to find energy markets there.

September 05, 2014 6:38 pmLoading…

Lawmakers to debate ending death penalty

CASPER, Wyo. — A state legislative committee will discuss next week whether to sponsor a bill in the 2015 session that would abolish the death penalty.

September 04, 2014 5:22 pmLoading…

Wyoming GOP, Dems strategize based on county advantages

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming might be deeply Republican, but campaigns on both sides of the partisan divide see plenty of shades of GOP red -- shades that affect how they campaign.

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State offers early childhood grants

CASPER, Wyo. — Dianna Webb stepped gingerly between sleeping children Thursday afternoon on the way to her office at Apple Tree Learning Center in Casper.

August 29, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Safer Wyoming roads at less-than-expected cost to motorists

Wyoming’s transportation system, particularly its highways, plays a vital role in the overall safety and health of our residents and our state’s economy.

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Wyoming lawmakers to consider poaching bills

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming legislative committee is preparing to discuss two proposed bills that would toughen up the state’s ability to prosecute poaching and the penalties for those convicted.

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School districts team up to lobby for more money

CASPER, Wyo. — A new coalition of seven Wyoming school districts says the state Legislature has shortchanged K-12 funding by $151 million in recent years by failing to keep up with inflation.

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Sheridan mayor sworn in to finish Senate term

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Dave Kinskey has been sworn in to the Wyoming Senate to replace the late John Schiffer.

July 15, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Wyoming Legislature considers criminalizing vote-swapping

Wyoming Legislature considers criminalizing vote-swapping

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Pending legislation would reiterate that it’s a crime for a Wyoming lawmaker to offer to support a colleague’s bill in return for a promise of support for other legislation.

July 08, 2014 2:00 pmLoading…

Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey gets state Senate seat

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey will fill the Wyoming State Senate seat left vacant by the death last month of Sen. John Schiffer.

July 07, 2014 2:37 pmLoading…

Wyoming Military Department hopes VA doesn't close any facilities

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Military Department’s director is concerned the anticipated overhaul of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care system could result in the closure of Wyoming facilities, he said Monday morning.

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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 amLoading…

Schiffer funeral service on Tuesday

KAYCEE, Wyo. — Funeral services for longtime state Republican Sen. John Schiffer will be held Tuesday in Kaycee.

June 21, 2014 10:00 amLoading…

Wyoming state Sen. John Schiffer dies

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — State Sen. John Schiffer, of Kaycee, died Thursday just a few weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer. He was 68.

June 19, 2014 1:28 pmLoading…

Tight Wyoming labor supply delays school project

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — School officials in Sheridan County say a tight labor market is driving up costs, causing them to reject all bids for building an elementary school in Ranchester.

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Wyoming lawmaker decries legislating through the budget

CASPER, Wyo. — Lawmakers are inserting too many non-budgetary measures into the state’s budget bills, said Wyoming’s longest serving legislator.

May 29, 2014 5:50 amLoading…
Wyoming lawmakers mull firing squad for executions

Wyoming lawmakers mull firing squad for executions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad.

May 21, 2014 4:47 pmLoading…

Wyoming state lawmaker wants to revisit marijuana

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming state legislator whose bid to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana failed this session isn't giving up on the idea, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

May 20, 2014 9:11 amLoading…

When it comes to lawmaking, most Wyoming legislators pass 1 or 0 bills

Rep. Tim Stubson, R-Casper, knows how to guide a bill through the Wyoming Legislature.

May 18, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Wyoming game wardens push for steeper penalties

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming game wardens are pushing state lawmakers to make some game violations felonies, arguing that poachers face minimal fines while at times making hundreds of thousands of dollars off illegally taken wildlife.

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Wyoming lawmakers weigh giving nonviolent felons right to vote

RAWLINS, Wyo. – The Wyoming Joint Judiciary Interim Committee wants to consider automatically restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons after their incarceration or probation ends.

May 14, 2014 9:21 amLoading…
Lawmakers discuss how Wyoming runs education system

Lawmakers discuss how Wyoming runs education system

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Legislature's Joint Education Interim Committee is holding discussions on how the state runs its public education system.

April 25, 2014 6:45 amLoading…
Judge's order: Most of Hill bill unconstitutional

Judge's order: Most of Hill bill unconstitutional

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cindy Hill says she intends to be back on the job Monday morning running the Wyoming Department of Education following a judge's ruling that puts to rest her bitter legal battle to regain the office.

April 18, 2014 4:12 pmLoading…

New fuels tax means more road projects in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Road crews will be out in force soon across Wyoming, and there will be more work going on this year thanks to the state's new 10-cent per gallon fuels tax.

April 09, 2014 1:50 pmLoading…

Wyoming tribe leaders blast U.S. Senate draft bill

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Tribe leaders are opposing a bill co-sponsored by Wyoming's congressional delegation regarding the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

April 06, 2014 2:23 pmLoading…

Tom Jones eyeing comeback to Wyoming Legislature

CASPER, Wyo. — Tom Jones, who served as a Park County lawmaker three decades ago, wants to return to politics.

April 02, 2014 8:34 amLoading…
In the interim, legislators discuss death penalty methods

In the interim, legislators discuss death penalty methods

CASPER, Wyo. — A legislative committee will continue discussing Wyoming's options to execute inmates convicted of capital crimes in the coming months.

April 02, 2014 5:50 am Photos



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