This has been an extremely fast session, which was accelerated by last week’s “crossover”. All bills that did not receive a third reading from the Chamber of Origin died. However, there were a few bills that were laid back and were heard on Monday. One of those bills, HJ0004 – Legislative sessions, moved on to the Senate.
This past week’s headline is the passage of HB 134, Wyoming tourism account funding. The bill moved through concurrence and is on the Governor’s desk for signing. This bill will impose a 3% statewide lodging tax, 2% local lodging tax and the opportunity for an additional 2% local lodging tax which will allow locals to put on the ballot. The 3% will generate approximately $26M a biennium which will fund the Wyoming Office of Tourism and revert the $26M back to the General Fund.
This week WTA will continue to watch HB 0171 Wyoming gaming commission as HB 0225 Gaming governance and HB 0234 Gaming regulation both died. Most likely the clean up of gaming regulation and taxation will be taken up as an interim topic and we will continue to monitor.
Every Monday WTA reviews proposals and tracks the progress of bills. Numerous bills pose tax implications. Current positions can be found by clicking here.