If you are a Wyomingite that is frustrated at how the Biden administration is running the nation you are not alone. In fact, several states have gone out of their way to create legislation that would give state lawmakers more say, and today Wyoming is joining them in getting a little closer to that end.
In light of the Chinese spy balloon that got shot over U.S. territory, we asked Wyoming lawmakers what they are doing to help keep Wyoming assets secured.Wyoming’s Senator Cynthia Lummis visited the Legislative chambers on Monday as the House and Senate completed the Committee of the Whole.Lummis spoke about what lawmakers are doing to secure Wyoming’s assets and citizens.
There was a lot of commotion today in the legislature on Thursday as folks got heated over some hot-topic bills. Thursday morning, the senate signed off on the third reading of the child abuse-change of sex bill. It passed 22 to 9.The moment came to a head when a mother shouted insults from the gallery to the floor as the bill got voted through.
Thursday was a big day in the legislature. We celebrated Military day and the Diversification of business in the state.” The capitol celebrated Military day with the life of Major Theodore Williams Gostas, a veteran who overcame atrocities by making something beautiful out of something ugly.
On Tuesday, both legislative bodies started to review supplementary budgets and amendments. This week lawmakers will dive deeper into the $800M in state funds to allocate to services, programs or savings.
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee took public comment on The Life is a Human Right Act. This bill prohibits abortion and would create new statutes, specifies criminal and regulatory penalties, removes obsolete provisions, and codifies the fetus’s legal rights from conception. Exceptions include spontaneous abortion and ectopic pregnancy and would become effect July 1, 2023.
The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee met Friday morning to discuss the child-abuse change of sex bill. This bill would charge parents with child abuse if they assist their under-aged, in changing their gender permanently.
On Thursday legislature looked at foreign actors and security. Thursday morning, the agriculture, state and public lands & water resources committee looked at bills prohibiting foreign property and agriculture ownership in the state.
“We’re glad we’re making progress to make sure that we can empower military parents to make decisions that are right for their kids when dealing with harassment and discrimination in our school districts,” said Sen. Brian Boner, S.D. 2
On Wednesday, committees and legislature looked at access to medicine and protections. The House Minerals Business and Economic Development Committee discussed a news source shield law bill Wednesday. The bill helps journalists and media protect whistle-blowers and sources that could inform the public of wrongdoing.
The second week of Legislation has lawmakers looking to support law enforcement and families. The House Judiciary Committee discussed adjusting child support amounts to reflect inflation and the cost of living. It’s been 10 years since the last adjustment it passed the Judiciary Committee going to the floor for further debate.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was recognized in front of the state capital steps on Monday as crowds gathered and acknowledged the civil rights leader and the newest state proclamation. “You would not have seen this level of diversity marching together for any reason, let alone for equality of rights. And to have me stand and be able to honor Dr. King in front of this diverse field is just absolutely incredible. It means the world,” said CMSgt. Sylvestris Hlongwane, Command Chief, 90th Missile Wing.
Students from Cody High School came to the Capitol on Monday for an important bill and issue you’ve probably never heard about.Delta 8 is a chemically modified cannabis drug that is making some Cody students and citizens sick,
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.
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.
On Friday, legislators discussed vaccine discrimination, IDs, and vulnerable adults. Friday morning, a bill prohibiting mask, vaccine and testing discrimination was up in the house labor, health, and social service committee.
On Tuesday legislature talked about bills that protect our vulnerable populations. To stave off the growing problem of Fentanyl, House Bill 111 protects children from exposure by expanding on a current statute to protect their rights. This bill will allow for a 5-year felony charge if a child is exposed to the drug.
Since the school crosswalk death of a 13-year-old in Cheyenne last year, a new bill is looking at getting funding so it never happens again. The State Department of Transportation and the joint judiciary interim committee are working on getting 10 million dollars to pay for new crosswalks across the state.