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Wyoming Legislature

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.

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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.

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Schiffer funeral service on Tuesday

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dispute over Wyoming school superintendent bill continues

Dispute over Wyoming school superintendent bill continues

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lawyers for the Wyoming superintendent of public instruction are back in court after lawyers for the state conceded in a court filing that the bulk of a law passed last year that stripped most duties from the superintendent is unconstitutional.

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Natalia Duncan Macker

Natalia Duncan Macker

Duncan Macker

March 28, 2014 6:02 pm
Republicans to vie for Fremont County House seat

Republicans to vie for Fremont County House seat

RIVERTON, Wyo. — At least two Republicans will be vying for a Wyoming House seat in Fremont County that's being vacated by a Democrat.

March 20, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…

Wyoming school building bonanza may soon come to an end

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature this month approved nearly $231 million in new K-12 school construction for the next fiscal year, but the building bonanza may be coming to an end because the state's main funding source for school building projects is expected to dry up.

March 19, 2014 1:15 pmLoading…
Rep. Keith Gingery

Rep. Keith Gingery

Gingery

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Rep. Patrick Goggles

Rep. Patrick Goggles

Goggles

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Wyoming Rep. Patrick Goggles won't seek re-election

Wyoming Rep. Patrick Goggles won't seek re-election

RIVERTON, Wyo. — State Rep. Patrick Goggles will not seek re-election to the Wyoming House of Representatives.

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Wyoming lawmakers' service dog becomes 'member' of Legislature

Wyoming lawmakers' service dog becomes 'member' of Legislature

Like many at the Wyoming Capitol, LeRoy got sick during week three of the four-week budget session.

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Lawmakers send Grand Teton land swap to Wyoming governor

JACKSON, Wyo. — Whether to allow Grand Teton National Park to acquire land owned by the state school trust is now up to Gov. Matt Mead.

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Wyoming Legislature adjourns budget session

Wyoming Legislature adjourns budget session

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature has adjourned its budget session.

March 06, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

Bill to compensate exonerated inmates dies

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill spelling out how Wyoming could compensate people who served time in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence died Thursday in the closing hours of the Legislature.

March 06, 2014 3:21 pmLoading…
Wyoming governor signs Game and Fish budget bill

Wyoming governor signs Game and Fish budget bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead has signed a bill to allow the state game and fish department to shift some of its costs away from sportsmen.

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Education panel tasked with superintendent case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A state legislative committee is being tasked with trying to come up with solutions to a recent state Supreme Court ruling involving the powers of the state superintendent of public instruction.

March 05, 2014 5:10 pmLoading…

Wyoming Legislature approves 5 percent Hathaway increase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Recipients of Wyoming's state-funded college scholarship will see an increase in their awards under a bill approved by the Legislature.

March 05, 2014 12:25 pmLoading…

Work goes on at Wyoming Department of Education despite mixed signals

CASPER, Wyo. -- The work to implement Common Core State Standards and to consider similar national standards in science is ongoing in Wyoming despite legislative battles to halt these national trends in the state.

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Wyoming Legislature moves Medicaid expansion study

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Both houses of the Wyoming Legislature on Monday passed a budget bill that calls on Gov. Matt Mead and other Wyoming officials to investigate whether they can reach an agreement with the federal government to expand Medicaid on the state's terms.

March 03, 2014 5:14 pmLoading…

Wyoming Legislature approves cameras in school buses

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state Senate gave final legislative approval Monday to a bill that would help school districts equip their school buses with cameras to help catch motorists who illegally pass stopped buses.

March 03, 2014 12:13 pmLoading…

Wyoming Legislature enters last week

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature faces two main jobs before it can adjourn this week.

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Suicide prevention bill passes Wyoming House

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state House has passed a bill that would require suicide prevention education for teachers and school administrators.

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Wyoming Legislature gives final OK to alternative schools bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature has given final approval to a proposal to lift the state's eight-year moratorium on funding new alternative schools.

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Wyoming Senate rejects cutting money for school bus cameras

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state Senate has embraced the idea of the state helping school districts equip their school buses with cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass buses stopped to pick up and drop off students.

February 27, 2014 4:44 pmLoading…

Senate panel puts brakes on school construction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Senate Appropriations Committee put the brakes on spending in a K-12 school construction bill after members raised concern that some proposed school building projects appeared to have skipped initial stages of the established legislative process for approval.

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Conference committee considers Medicaid talks

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead and other Wyoming officials could get the green light from the Legislature to investigate over the coming year whether they can reach an agreement with the federal government to expand Medicaid on the state's terms.

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Wyoming House and Senate conferees address budget bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Negotiating teams from the Wyoming House and Senate are meeting at the State Capitol in Cheyenne to try to resolve differences in their respective amendments to the budget bill.

February 26, 2014 4:41 pmLoading…

Wyoming Senate panel advances school bus camera bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill that would require school buses have cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass buses stopped to pick up and drop off students.

February 26, 2014 12:11 pmLoading…

Bill would ban charging for removing jail photos

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill to outlaw the practice of companies charging people who have been arrested to have their mug shots removed from the Internet advanced in the Wyoming Legislature on Wednesday even as some lawmakers questioned how it could be enforced.

February 26, 2014 12:09 pmLoading…

Wyoming Senate passes bill allowing special session on school superintendent issue

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Senate has passed a bill allowing for a special legislative session to deal with fallout from the recent state Supreme Court decision in the superintendent of public instruction case.

February 25, 2014 4:26 pmLoading…

Wyoming Senate panel denies death, disability benefits for state park rangers

CHEYENNE -- A bill to provide 21 state park rangers with death and disability benefits failed Monday in a Senate committee. House Bill 70 was one of three bills to die in the Senate as the Legislature entered the third week of the four-week budget session.

February 24, 2014 3:34 pmLoading…

Wyoming Senate defeats bill on involuntary hospitalization

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Senate has defeated a bill that would have allowed state authorities to hospitalize people involuntarily for mental health treatment without quick judicial review of detention decisions.

February 24, 2014 3:27 pmLoading…

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