Gov. Mark Gordon covered numerous topics in his 2020 State of the State address, delving into discussions about the economy, energy, education, agriculture and more. You can watch the entire thing here.
“Wyoming remains strong thanks to her people, and because we have planned well for challenging times,” Governor Gordon said in his remarks. “I’m confident we’ll remain strong by aggressively engaging our future and seizing our opportunities.”
The speech stressed the Governor’s support for Wyoming’s energy industry, noting his decision to challenge Washington’s discriminatory denial of a permit to construct a coal export terminal before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Governor also reiterated his desire to invest in carbon capture and sequestration technology.
“Wyoming will always advocate for our industries, whether it be to protect against unconstitutional restraint of trade, or in their endeavors to deliver cleaner, more dependable, more affordable, and safer energy to our nation,” he said.
The Wyoming Business & Industry Federation has a live bill tracker you can access here to see what they support or oppose this session.
You can also voice your opinion in their Legislative Snapshot Survey.
BILLS WBIF SUPPORTS:
WY – HB134 Wyoming tourism account funding passed the House Committee of the whole on Thursday, February 13, 2020. This bill is relating to sales tax specifically a lodging tax, five percent (5%) shall be deposited each year into the Wyoming tourism account.
WY – SF6 Tolling authority for I-80 failed introduction and a new bill was added, WY – HB240 Tolling authority for I-80-2. The purpose of the bill is to finance, construct, operate and maintain interstate 80 and accommodate the needs of the traveling public through safe, efficient, convenient and modern vehicular traffic.
WY – HB32 Resident tuition for military members and family. Passed Transportation committee Thursday, February 13, 2020
WY – SF36 Large scale solar and wind energy facilities. An act relating to regulation of solar and wind energy facilities, passed Corporations Thursday, February 13, 2020
WY – HB63 Fuel tax. Failed introduction Wednesday, February 12, 2020
WY – HB101 Protection and privacy of online customer information. This bill purports to protect the privacy of online customer information, but would provide Wyomingites with a false sense of security that their online personal data is safe. That’s because while the bill places restrictions on Internet Service Providers (ISPs), it does not protect them when they use search engines, social media or apps on their mobile phones. House Introduced and Referred to H07 ¬Corporations 57¬1¬2¬0¬0 February 11, 2020
During the 2020 Legislative Session, the Wyoming Business & Industry will advocate for legislation under the following guiding principles:
1. Encourage the creation of a tax structure that builds business and community.
2. Support a regulatory environment that encourages job creation, business profitability and continuous diversification of the economy.
3. Support existing infrastructure maintenance and encourage future infrastructure development.
4. Advocate for “Wyoming’s Tomorrow.” Prioritize critical issues for our future: education, healthcare, affordable housing, and quality of life.