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Legislature on downhill slide

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017


Pioneer Editor


CHEYENNE — The day of reckoning for the bills at the State Legislature came and went the first part of this week as bills moved out of their house of origin and to the next house for final passage or to fail.

Tuesday was the last day for bills in the 2017 session to be approved in their house of origin.

This year there were almost 500 bills submitted for consideration. Of these, 289 made it through the first step, approval in their house of origin and to be passed on to the second house for consideration.

One bill of prime importance for the state was the Education Funding Bill. It was sent from the House to the Senate Monday for consideration.

Wyoming lawmakers removed a proposed two percent sales tax increase from House Bill 236 intended to fund public schools last Friday. Projections were there would be a $400 million annual shortfall in education spending.

The gun bills are continuing their march through the legislature. According to David Ball, president of the Wyoming Gun Owners, the bill by Rep. Bo Biteman, HB!36, passed out of the House 40-19 and is a true “campus carry” bill. It made it out of the House with no restrictive amendments. But, according to Ball, Rep. Eklund’s bill, HB194, also made it out of the House to the Senate. The two bills will now “battle it out in the Senate,” according to Ball. He said Eklund calls his bill a “’campus carry’ bill but in but in reality, it allows each school district

Also of prime importance to those in southern Wyoming was bill in the Senate approved Monday would require the Wyoming Department of Transportation to conduct a study of I-80 across the state and create a master project plan for the highway.

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