On Tuesday, both legislative bodies started to review supplementary budgets and amendments. This week lawmakers will dive deeper into the $800M in state funds to allocate to services, programs or savings.
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee took public comment on The Life is a Human Right Act. This bill prohibits abortion and would create new statutes, specifies criminal and regulatory penalties, removes obsolete provisions, and codifies the fetus’s legal rights from conception. Exceptions include spontaneous abortion and ectopic pregnancy and would become effect July 1, 2023.
The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee met Friday morning to discuss the child-abuse change of sex bill. This bill would charge parents with child abuse if they assist their under-aged, in changing their gender permanently.
On Thursday legislature looked at foreign actors and security. Thursday morning, the agriculture, state and public lands & water resources committee looked at bills prohibiting foreign property and agriculture ownership in the state.
“We’re glad we’re making progress to make sure that we can empower military parents to make decisions that are right for their kids when dealing with harassment and discrimination in our school districts,” said Sen. Brian Boner, S.D. 2
On Wednesday, committees and legislature looked at access to medicine and protections. The House Minerals Business and Economic Development Committee discussed a news source shield law bill Wednesday. The bill helps journalists and media protect whistle-blowers and sources that could inform the public of wrongdoing.
The second week of Legislation has lawmakers looking to support law enforcement and families. The House Judiciary Committee discussed adjusting child support amounts to reflect inflation and the cost of living. It’s been 10 years since the last adjustment it passed the Judiciary Committee going to the floor for further debate.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was recognized in front of the state capital steps on Monday as crowds gathered and acknowledged the civil rights leader and the newest state proclamation. “You would not have seen this level of diversity marching together for any reason, let alone for equality of rights. And to have me stand and be able to honor Dr. King in front of this diverse field is just absolutely incredible. It means the world,” said CMSgt. Sylvestris Hlongwane, Command Chief, 90th Missile Wing.
Students from Cody High School came to the Capitol on Monday for an important bill and issue you’ve probably never heard about.Delta 8 is a chemically modified cannabis drug that is making some Cody students and citizens sick,
On Tuesday morning, the Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee discussed liquor licenses and the possibility of joining two licenses to give folks more access to licenses over time. Law enforcement voiced concerns over the “disorderly” effect this could have on the public.
On Wednesday morning, the Legislative Committees focused on maternal and child well-being. The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services discussion of S.F.79, the Safe Care for New Borns bill, tackled maternal substance abuse and detailed ways to support both mother and infant with care and community resources, keeping both together instead of criminalizing maternal addiction.
On Friday, legislators discussed vaccine discrimination, IDs, and vulnerable adults. Friday morning, a bill prohibiting mask, vaccine and testing discrimination was up in the house labor, health, and social service committee.
On Tuesday legislature talked about bills that protect our vulnerable populations. To stave off the growing problem of Fentanyl, House Bill 111 protects children from exposure by expanding on a current statute to protect their rights. This bill will allow for a 5-year felony charge if a child is exposed to the drug.
Since the school crosswalk death of a 13-year-old in Cheyenne last year, a new bill is looking at getting funding so it never happens again. The State Department of Transportation and the joint judiciary interim committee are working on getting 10 million dollars to pay for new crosswalks across the state.
As part of registration, families are required to review and update their students’ information as well as verify their address. Examples of suggested forms of address verification include Rental agreement, purchase agreement or electric/gas bill.
The latest edition of the AARP COVID-19 Dashboard showed substantial improvement in staff, and resident cases of COVID-19 inside the state’s nursing homes over the four-week period ending December 18, 2022.
Therapy dogs Axe and Quincie have completed their 17-week K-9 Caring Angels training program in partnership with Sit-Means-Sit dog training and will assume their roles as certified Therapy Dogs beginning this week.
As much as ARPA funds have helped the state of Wyoming create supportive programs, the sunset date for these funds is around the corner, causing legislators to come up with new ways to sustain these projects’ financing. On Thursday legislature focused on mental health and education. The Joint Revenue Committee looked at sustainable funding for the 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline.
If you are a small business looking to expand your exporting capacity, the Wyoming Business Council has a webinar you may want to check out. This program is built to help Wyoming businesses grow their local and international impact, but knowing where to start can be a little daunting.
Gov. Mark Gordon spoke to both chambers and the public Wednesday in the people’s house at the Capitol. “It’s my honor and obligation to report to you that today the State of Wyoming is strong and her future is bright,” said Gordon. And touched on the idea that it’s also her citizens’ job to ensure it stays that way.
We continue with part two of our discussion with the newly elected Laramie County District Attorney. We spoke with Sylvia Hackl about attorneys and handling the county case workload. You’re planning on hiring more employees and attorneys and staff. How many more are we talking about?
We sat down with our newly sworn-in District Attorney for an interview. Sylvia Hackl has practiced law in Laramie county for 42 years, with 22 years in criminal law and a master’s degree in Public Administration. She talked with us about how these experiences will affect her new office.