Tuesday’s Legislative topics include education and liquor licenses

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 9:50 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On Tuesday morning, the Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee discussed liquor licenses and the possibility of joining two licenses to give folks more access to licenses over time.

Law enforcement voiced concerns over the “disorderly” effect this could have on the public.

Further discussions will happen on Thursday.

” Liquor is an important area; it requires consistent laws and framework. I have the best committee in the world... So this is the right committee to do this heavy lift,” said Sen. Cale Case, S.D. 25.

Next, the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources Committee discussed what prohibiting travel across private land would mean for game wardens.

”It turns the process over to the game wardens instead of the county sherrifs or that sort of thing and that was the contention...That’s what this bill really clarifies,” said Sen. Wendy Davis Schuler, S.D. 15.

Moving from liquor licenses in the Committees to power and online learning in the Chambers.

The House Chambers discussed community colleges and how they will get paid for distance education.

”Distance education has been funded at a lower level, but the evidence appears to be that it costs just as much to provide that service, and as a result, house bill 29 would level that up and so community colleges can recieve fair share of the cost they are incurring,” said Rep. Clark Stith, H.D.48

Also, the Senate looks at school regional cost adjustment in education but worries about sunset funding.

”Our school district they do so much to try to cut costs so that they can put more money towards teachers salaries. But right now its like were fighting with one arm tied behind outr backs,” said Sen. Mike Gierau, S.D. 17.

When asked what can be done to help teacher retention?

Gierau simply replied,”Pay them.”

The House also looked at state assessment of independent power producers.

”Wind farm generation and creation in wyoming they want predictability and stability in the tax structure .. this creates predictability,” said Rep. Jared Olsen, H.D. 11.

Both chambers will continue to convene this second week o the 67th legislative session.