Transportation, Highways & Military Affairs Joint Committee meets in Casper

The Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs Joint Committee met in Casper.
The Transportation, Highways, and Military Affairs Joint Committee met in Casper.(Katie Reed)
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 7:08 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee is meeting this week in Casper. The meeting is being held at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and a live stream is also available.

This committee meeting is the third of three interim meetings. The focus is on funding for transportation infrastructure at state and county levels, use of safety infrastructure, and military facilities. Any proposed bills will require a two thirds vote to pass the budget session.

“Our job this committee is to advocate on behalf of the constituents we represent on this committee,” said Chairman Senator Bill Landen.

Reports for consideration will come from the Military Department, Department of Transportation, Department of Health, State Construction Department and the Veteran’s Commission.

Topics from these reports will include military sexual harassment matters, grazing at Camp Gurnsey, the construction of a veterans skilled nursing facility, and progress on the modernization of the electronic transportation information system.

“We really appreciate public comment and we really appreciate the public being involved and expressing their concerns on all these bills and even their support for these bills,” said Representative Mark Baker.

The meeting will adjourn Tuesday afternoon. Any potential bills that pass the joint committee will be introduced to the Senate or House in 2022.

The committee may host an additional half day meeting in January to continue discussing sexual harassment in the military.

“We don’t want one bad apple to spoil the bunch. The Wyoming Military Department is a good department within state government... it’s important for us as a legislature to look at these issues and not just ignore them,” said Baker.

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