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.
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:
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.
63rd Wyoming Legislature