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Wyoming Legislative Special Session wraps up

Wyoming Legislative Special Session wraps up
Wyoming Legislative Special Session wraps up(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 4:17 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming Legislative finished their Special Session Wednesday night.

The 8-day session introduced 20 new files to the Senate and 21 new House Bills. These included prohibitions to employer vaccine mandate, discriminatory vaccine status treatment, along with mask and vaccine medical waivers.

SF 1003 focused on prohibiting discriminatory practices based on vaccine status.

HB 1001 focused on banning employers from requiring vaccines from employees, and HB 1002 focused on individual rights to not vaccinate and turned the bill into a hybrid resolution bill.

Additionally, a $4 million fund was set aside for the State Attorney General to use for future public litigation, including cases from public entities or collective state litigation. The courts will ultimately decide the results.

“We really reverted back to what the legislature is good at, which is appropriating money, and making those budget decisions. The 4 million dollars we gave to the Attorney General can help in pushing back against the unconstitutional mandates from the Biden Administration,” said Brian Boner, Senator, District 2.

Wyoming Legislature created House Bills and Senate Files to fight for individual choice regarding the Covid vaccine mandates, which was emphasized by the Freedom Rally that brought many demonstrators to the Capitol steps and chambers the first day.

The legislature created these bills to provide citizens with a way to push back against vaccine enforcement by employers, schools and other public entities.

What ultimately resulted was a resolution bill and a settlement fund negotiated between the Senate and the House. The 4 million dollar litigation fund was created for the State Attorney General to fight any future litigation.

“Up until the point where the government says ‘if you keep following the state law, we’re not going to give you any federal reimbursement.’ That puts hospitals especially with Medicaid and Medicare funds in a horrible predicament. We allow them then to follow the federal law, because ultimately US constitution supersedes state law,” said Dan Zwonitzer, Representative District 43.

Zwonitzer predicts more states will join the legislative or legal fight against the mandate and we should expect to see future legal battles in the courts and news.

Time may only tell.

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