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There are many board and commission openings with the City of Gillette, Campbell County, and State of Wyoming.
Currently the City of Gillette has an opening on the Public Land Board: The members of the Land Board are responsible for overseeing the orderly development and improvement, maintenance and operation of the CAM-PLEX property and facilities. The board meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the CAM-PLEX. Click here to apply and see full board opening listing.
Campbell County has an opening on the Joint Powers Fire Board: This board is responsible for the oversight of the emergency services which include, but are not limited to fire suppression, hazardous materials response, wildland operations, technical rescue, and a countywide first responder program delivered to all of the citizens who live within the Campbell County boundaries. The board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Fire Department's Community Room, Station One, at 106 Rohan Ave. Click here to apply and see full board opening listing.
There are also dozens of openings with the State of Wyoming. By legislative mandate or executive order, there may be specific requirements for certain appointments. For example, factors such as political party, geographical distribution, and professional or occupational disciplines may be relevant. For details on these requirements, you may call Tatum Soto (307-777-5647).
Click here to see a full list of openings, and to fill out an application. (Please note that applications for gubernatorial appointments are generally kept on active file for a period of two years.)
Chamber Member (and winner of the 2018 Award of Excellence for Small Business) Gillette Optometric Clinic, sent the following in regards to Senate File 55, Optometrists Practice Act Amendments:
"We are contacting you today because we want you to be aware of important changes the Wyoming Legislature is considering regarding the procedures that we can provide you or your family here in our offices. You may have heard on the news there has been a debate in the State Capitol on what we are trying to accomplish with supporting changes to the Wyoming Optometrists Practice Act.
Through the Wyoming Optometric Association, we asked the legislature to study advances in the practice of optometry through the Legislature’s Joint Labor, Health and Social Service Committee. After about a year’s worth of work the committee drafted and sponsored Senate File 55, Optometrists Practice Act Amendments.
The legislation recognizes that Doctors of Optometry deliver essential components of patients’ overall primary health that goes beyond prescribing glasses or contact lenses. Current curriculum being taught in accredited optometry schools across the country and for which current Doctors of Optometry receive during continuing education has made significant advances. However, we have not been able to use these new advances in Wyoming due to limits in state law on what services we may provide for your eye health. These limits have not been looked at in 25 years.
Wyoming Doctors of Optometry currently provide 98% of eye care in 21 counties in Wyoming. Allowing the updates to our scope of practice to include procedures we are trained in will improve patient care and patient access.
We strive to provide you with leading solutions and the best available procedures which keep your eyes healthy. Our request to the Legislature has been simple, let your local eye doctor provide you with the quality eyecare services for which we are trained. Passage of original Senate File 55 will help us accomplish those goals.
We need your help and the Legislators need to hear from you as citizens. They need to hear that you support original Senate File 55 which will allow us to provide you with the best eye care we can with the most updated and safe procedures for which we have been trained and certified.
Dr. Roger L. Jordan, OD
Dr. Joseph L. Fischer, OD
Dr. Joseph C. Maycock, OD
Dr. Ashlee Mills-Fischer, OD
Dr. Melissa M. Younger, OD"
You can voice your support for the bill online here, or contact one of your local Senators and ask that they support the bill.
Governor-Elect Mark Gordon was sworn in this past week and delivered his first State of the State Address on Wednesday. In his remarks, he laid out his general priorities.
The legislative session has kicked off and is underway. As of this writing, 226 bills have been filed, and the Wyoming State Chamber expects many more. One of the bills we are tracking has moved very fast this week. SF0043, which add a career-vocational pathway to Hathaway Scholarship eligibility passed 2nd Reading in the Senate on Friday.
Other bills being tracked:
The Wyoming Legislative Session convenes today at Noon. Here are the best ways to contact your representative while the legislature is in session:
Representative for District 3 (includes Converse county) Eric Barlow: email Eric.Barlow@wyoleg.gov
Representative for District 31, Scott Clem: email Scott.Clem@wyoleg.gov, or text (307) 660-7141
Representative for District 53, Roy Edwards: email Roy.Edwards@wyoleg.gov
Representative for District 32, Tim Hallinan: email Tim.Hallinan@wyoleg.gov
Representative for District 52, Bill Pownall: email Bill.Pownall@wyoleg.gov
For a full contact list of House Representatives, click here.
Senator for District 24, Michael Von Flatern: email Michael.VonFlatern@wyoleg.gov or text (307) 680-4744
Senator for District 23, Jeff Wasserburger: text (307) 680-2943
Senator for District 1 (includes Crook and Weston counties) Ogden Driskill: text (307) 680-5555
Mr. Driskill has been elected Senate Vice President for the current Legislative Session.
For a full contact list of Senators, click here.
You can listen live to the Joint Session of the Legislature and Governor's State of the State address today at 10 a.m. by clicking here.
We'll be keeping up to date with events during the session right here on our Legislative Monitoring blog. Please check back for updates!
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