Legislators look at vulnerable adults and skill-based games

Updated: Feb. 10, 2023 at 7:00 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As we close out the 5th week of the Legislature. Lawmakers look at vulnerable adults and skill-based games.

As the legislative crossover continues, the Senate takes a quick breather while the House continues to finish up loose ends.

In the house, the Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults bill looks to protect the elderly from being scammed or misused and having their bank accounts drained.

This bill provides a 5-day hold the banks could use if they suspect suspicious activity on an elderly person’s accounts.

”Over the interim we studied it, i learned a lot more, I learned more about the problem and today i am a proponent of it and believe its something the legislature needs to do,” said Rep. Barry Crago, H.D. 40.

The bill has passed the senate and passed its second reading in the house.

Next, the Skill-Based Amusement Games bill just came through the revenue committee; Lawmakers were looking to add more sideboards on this bill to contain the number and access, within reason, people would have to these games.

”We just don’t want this to get so prolific that we begin to look like other states that legalize all gambling so its really trying to keep it out of the hands of people who are under 21 and keep it from becoming something very prolific,” said Rep. John Bear, H.D. 31.

If this bill passes, the number of games is expected to double. The bill passed general reading in the house.

Representative bear spoke on behalf of the freedom caucus about their supported two bills that would repeal gun-free zones and stop red flag laws.

The bills were killed in committee.

”We will always fight for those things that are valuable to the people that live in Wyoming, and we believe that the grassroots support the efforts that we are making, and we are standing strong for them,” said Bear.