Legislature

$317 million dollars later–the Wyoming Capitol is finally nearly completion. A grand opening in July preceded the final construction of an auditorium, student learning center and visitor center in or near the tunnel connecting the Capitol to the Herschler Building. Just over $2 million of a contingency fund set aside by the Legislature earlier this…

Wyoming lawmakers are moving ahead with plans for more gambling regulation. The state Pari-Mutuel Commission currently oversees horse racing. The Legislature’s joint Travel, Recreation and Cultural Resources Committee voted Thursday to advance a bill to expand the commission’s responsibilities to other types of gambling. The bill could be debated during this winter’s legislative session. Under…

Wyoming state officials have voted to advance legislation that would enact a state corporate income tax. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that the Joint Committee on Revenue voted in favor of the bill, leaving its creator to work out incomplete details before the January 2020 budget session. Officials say Republican Rep. Jerry Obermueller submitted a…

A Wyoming interim legislative committee has rejected a proposal to prohibit killing coyotes by running them over with snowmobiles. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Teton County Democratic Rep. Mike Yin tried to bring forward a bill to ban killing or injuring predatory animals using snowmobiles. Yin’s bill, which he first tried to…

Wyoming cities want only people living inside their limits to have say on city taxes–a change some county governments say would put them at a disadvantage. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Sunday that state lawmakers heard from city and county officials last week while discussing changes to the local-option tax. Under current law,…

The early parts of July may see the legislative branch have a light schedule–but the laws past in the last session took hold on July 1st. Over 200 new laws were passed during the last legislative session in Cheyenne–they impact the lives of Wyomingites in ways big and small. Some select laws that may interest…

Wyoming officials hope to study tolls as a means of improving and maintaining Interstate 80. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports that the Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee named a study of I-80 tolling among its top priorities before the next legislative session. The Wyoming Department of Transportation has studied the possibility in 2008 and…

A grand reopening of the renovated state Capitol is still on schedule to be part of Wyoming statehood celebrations July 10, per a report in the Casper Star-Tribune . During a presentation to the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group on Thursday, representatives from the project said the Capitol will be ready for the public to…

A Wyoming lawmaker is trying again to impose tolls to widen the state’s busiest highway. Sen. Michael Von Flatern told the Gillette News Record that the effort to charge a toll on Interstate 80 is driven in part by the fact that some portion of it was closed nearly every day this winter because of…

Per the Casper Star-Tribune — nearly one week after voting narrowly to keep the bill alive, the Wyoming House of Representatives on Wednesday killed a proposal to implement work requirements for Medicaid that, according to the bill’s opponents, could have potentially cost nearly 2,000 Wyomingites their health insurance. On Wednesday, 20 members of the House…


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