The 2019 general session passed the half way mark last week and is scheduled to run through Wednesday, February 27, 2019, with five additional days available if needed. The Legislature will not convene February 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
The final count for bills and resolutions listed on the Wyoming Legislature website this session is 499. Bills can be found here.
- Wednesday, February 20 Last day for Bills to be reported out of Committee in second house
- Thursday, February 21 Last day for Committee of the Whole in the second house.
- Friday, February 22 Last day for Second Reading in the second house.
- Monday, February 25 Last day for Third Reading in the second house.
This year’s Gillette Area Leadership Institute class headed to Cheyenne for their yearly visit to the Legislature. Governor Mark Gordon met with the class as they toured the Governor’s Mansion, and then signed Senate Resolution 1, declaring December 10, 2019 as the official 150th anniversary of Wyoming Women’s Suffrage.
The class will continue to visit with lawmakers and explore Cheyenne through Friday.
There were a variety of amendments to the Wyoming Business Council budget that were considered in both the house and senate budget discussions. Please find a summary below of those that passed. Any amendments that passed one chamber but not the other will need to be worked out in a conference committee assigned to work through proposed differences in the budget.
House passed amendments:
- 2010 deletes “Pacific Rim” and adds “Asia” as the targeted market for advertising
- 2011 adds $3mm for broadband public/private partnerships in underserved areas across Wyoming.
- 2012 adds the word “drones” to the $250,000 earmarked for aerospace.
- 3019 removes the $250,000 BRC earmark for aerospace and funds it through general fund dollars instead.
- 3054 adds new general fund dollars to the BRC program for military housing project in SE Wyoming.
- 3060 removes the freeze on $250,000 and $2mm of WBC/BRC funds but maintains that the WBC report to the legislature by 11.1.19 with an overall economic development update of how WBC, SLIB and ENDOW programs co-exist.
Senate passed amendments:
- 2008 (WY Dept. of Transportation budget) only allows $6mm (of$15mmtotal) to be used in any one-year contract for enhanced air service contracts.
- 2020 deletes “Pacific Rim” and adds “Asia” as the targeted market for advertising.
- 2021 deletes the $250,000 earmark for aerospace.
- 2037 deletes $3mm for broadband public/private partnerships in underserved areas across Wyoming.
The house and senate differ by about $80 million on their marked up supplemental budgets and are continuing to meet and discuss ways to close the gap. A conference committee(s) will be assigned to work out the differences between the house and senate versions of the budget.
House Bill 66, the Statewide Lodging Tax, was introduced to the Senate on Monday and has been referred to the Senate Committee for Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources. (Senator Driskill is Committee Chairman, Gillette Senator Wasserburger is also a member of the Travel Committee.)
Senate File 43, the Hathaway Scholarship bill that will modify the Hathaway Scholarship Program to allow for a career technical aptitude test to satisfy Hathaway Scholarship eligibility requirements, has passed both the House and Senate. It awaits Governor Gordon’s signature.
Don’t forget that March 19 is our Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast. You can register online or by calling 307-682-3673. We will once again be hosting our local legislators at the Gillette College Technical Education Center at 7 a.m. Breakfast from Pokey’s BBQ starts at 6:30 a.m.