Legislature discusses maternal and child well-being on Wednesday.

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 9:13 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On Wednesday morning, the Legislative Committees focused on maternal and child well-being.

The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services discussion of S.F.79, the Safe Care for New Borns bill, tackled maternal substance abuse and detailed ways to support both mother and infant with care and community resources, keeping both together instead of criminalizing maternal addiction.

The bill passed.

House Labor and Social Services looked at creating a task force with H.B. 19 the State Indian Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) To better support indigenous children and tribes at the state level regarding adoption, should the Federal ICWA law get overturned.

The bill was voted 8 to 1.

House Bill 47 would help certify election equipment by requiring the Secretary of State’s approval of electronic election systems used in elections.

It’s the second reading of this bill and amendments passed

School finance-regional cost adjustment or S.F. 51 was on the Senate floor for its second reading.

Lawmakers discussed the cost of living index for school finances and the need to adjust for current costs.

Other lawmakers argued the model may still work for more rural schools and to allow these districts to decide their parameters.

Current amendments failed and the bill moved on to its third reading.