Wyoming Legislature update – Jan. 28, 2019
by Albert Sommers, House District #20 Representative
January 29, 2019
Monday, January, 28, 2019
Hello Sublette County,
This is Albert Sommers in Cheyenne. Today kicked off the fourth week of the 65th General Session. This morning the Joint Appropriations Committee released HB0001 – General government appropriations, also known at the Budget Bill. It was received for introduction into the House and referred to the House Committee of the Whole.
In the morning session of the House, 13 bills were passed on 2nd reading. Key bills included:
HB0074 – Special purpose depository banks
HB0076 – Wyoming beer freedom act
HB0108 – Contractors – final payment
Eight bills were considered in the House on 3rd reading and were sent to the Senate for consideration. Several of interest include these that I supported:
HB0014 – Mountain daylight time
HB0099 – Wyoming public lands days
HB0142 – Wildlife and natural resources trust account board - duties
The Committee of the Whole dedicated the afternoon to the Budget Bill, HB0001. The bill was read and explanations about the various sections were given.
Additional bills passed by the Committee of the Whole by voice vote included these I support:
HB0117 - College entrance exam-written component.
HB0132 - Hathaway scholarships-award increase.
One of my bills failed the Committee of the Whole:
HB0136 – School district teacher adjustment. This bill would have provided extra funds to smaller school districts to deal with recent budget cuts. Much of the discussion against it focused on the additional costs associated with the bill.
Detailed information about every bill is available at https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019
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