Wyoming Legislature meets for Day 2 of Special Session

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 10:33 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Legislature convened for Day 2 of the 2021 Special Session at 8 a.m. on October 27, 2021. For all videos related to the special session, click here.

This article will include periodic updates on the special session throughout the morning. For details on Day 1, you can check out our previous Wyoming News Now story.

Updated from 9:30 a.m. Oct .27, 2021 | In the House of Representatives, members of the body are working to address amendments to HB1001. The bill titled “COVID-19 vaccine employer mandates” attempts to create a law related to vaccination mandates. The bill looks to require employers to make accommodations for employees who do not want to get vaccinated. This bill would limit employers from enacting mandates for the COVID-19 vaccine without offering other alternatives, like testing, or exemptions for medical and religious reasons. The House of Representatives started with addressing amendments passed by the House Minerals committee on Tuesday night.

Update from 10:15 a.m. Oct. 27, 2021 | The House of Representatives is spending time working on an amendment that would change the language for exemptions in HB 1001.

Here’s the language being debated.

“(ii) The employer provides and accepts exemptions to the requirement or mandate upon submission of written evidence in accordance with the following:

(A) An employer shall grant an exemption for religious grounds upon submission of an exemption;

(B) An employer shall grant an exemption for medical grounds upon submission of an exemption that is completed or signed by a licensed physician. For exemptions for medical grounds that are not signed or completed by a licensed physician, an employer may grant the exemption;

(C) An employer shall grant an exemption for medical contraindication to the administration of the COVID-19 20 vaccine or upon written evidence that the employee is fully recovered from a COVID-19 infection;

(D) An employer who has enacted a COVID-19 vaccine requirement before the effective date of this section and ceased to accept or solicit exemptions or did not accept or solicit exemptions before the effective date of this section shall accept and grant exemptions in accordance with this paragraph on and after the effective date of this section.”.

The House of Representatives voted to adopt the amendment that included the language above just after 10:30 a.m.

Updated 11:40 a.m. Oct. 27, 2021 | The House of Representatives will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. The House continues to work on amendments to HB 1001. It will try to address a few additional bills this afternoon.

The Wyoming Senate voted to adjourn until 8:30 on Thursday morning. The Senate said the legislature will likely meet through the week and then work on Monday and Tuesday to finish up the special session. It’s possible the legislature could meet on Wednesday as well.

Here's a morning update on what happened in the Wyoming legislature this morning. Remember to drop your comments and questions below!

Posted by Grace Foulk Wyoming News Now on Wednesday, October 27, 2021