SUBLETTE COUNTY – Both houses of the Wyoming Legislature worked their way through their fourth week in session, scheduling third readings for key bills to pass through their house of origin by Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Tuesday’s calendars included a host of third readings to get each house’s three votes of approval in “third readings.” Then as House bills (HB) proceeded to the Senate, that house sent its passed Senate files (SF) to the House and both work on “engrossed versions” to reach a consensus, which would then go to Gov. Matt Mead for his signature.
With 2017 being a budget session, the Legislature is trying to balance the state’s budget with more cuts and freezes – with funding and maintaining the quality of Wyoming’s public schools of great importance to citizens and legislators.
The House successfully moved a number of bills through to the Senate, including the cigarette tax bill (HB 151), abortion ultrasounds (HB 182) and abortion amendments (HB 116) that dropped reference to fetal pain but prohibit transfer of fetal tissue – both now with in the Senate’s Ag Committee.
The Senate handed over a number of bills to the House as well, such as radioactive waste storage amendments (SF 06), inoperative liquor licenses (SF 14), film industry incentives (SF 24), wildlife location and research confidentiality (SF 25), computer extortion (SF 33), veterans and military spouses’ hiring preferences (SF 53-54), malicious cruelty to animals (SF 115), unmanned aircraft (SF 170) and a Bear River migratory bird refuge (SF 169).
Died on the vine
Earlier this week, a handful of bills died in the House shuffle including an animal cruelty bill (HB 193), two allowing a lodging-tax increase (HB 102) and changing its distribution (HB 149), one for daylight savings time exemption (HB 149), another giving a county authority to regulate wildlife feeding (HB 69), one requiring a photo ID to vote (HB 167), one for a tobacco tax (HB 168) and a country of origin labeling for U.S. beef (HB 198).For the complete article see the 02-10-2017 issue.
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