UPDATE TO BILLS WE ARE WATCHING IN WYOMING LEGISLATURE.

All bills must be voted on by Monday, February 25. The last day for bills to be reported out of committee is Wednesday, February 20. There are many important bills on the floor this week (see the list and view the calendar).

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT YOUR
LEGISLATORS ABOUT THESE BILLS:

BILLS THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON ~ CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE 
We oppose

  • SF0144: Medicaid and SNAP Eligibility Requirements
    • Requiring Medicaid recipients to comply with specified work or volunteer requirements as a condition of continuing eligibility
  • SF0160: Change in Political Party Affiliation-2 
    • Restricting voters rights to change political party affiliation for primary elections

We support

  • SF0146: Medicaid Expansion Study
    • Relating to a possible expansion of the Medicaid program; requiring a study of the benefits and costs of expanding the Medicaid program

BILLS THE SENATE WILL VOTE ON ~ CONTACT YOUR SENATOR 
We oppose

  • HB0103: Reporting of Abortions
    • Establishing additional requirements for abortion reporting, requiring a public reporting of abortion statistics, and requiring the report to be shared with a “national abortion surveillance report” 
  • HB0140: Abortion- 48 Hour Waiting Period
    • Requires a woman to first meet with a provider and then wait 48 hours before terminating her pregnancy.
  • HB0106: Party Affiliation Changes
    • Restricting voters rights to change political party affiliation for general elections
    • The Senate Agriculture committee is meeting on this bill on 2/19. Senator Kost is on this committee.

We support

  • HJ0008: Free and Fair Elections
    • urging Congress to propose a constitutional amendment ensuring free and fair elections; clarifying the distinction between the rights of natural persons and the rights of corporations. (Recommended actions to take from Wyoming Promise)

BILLS WE WERE WATCHING THAT HAVE DIED 

  • HB0230: Enhancing Quality Employment Law
    • prohibiting discriminatory practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment practices
    • this bill passed the House Revenue Committee by a 5-4 vote (Rep. Dan Laursen voted against it). Unfortunately, it was not considered on the floor of the House before the Feb. 4 deadline.
  • HB0010: Crimes against Critical Infrastructure
    • defining “critical infrastructure” and creating penalties against anyone knowingly impeding the operations of a critical infrastructure facility
    • this bill passed the House Minerals Committee by a 5-4 vote (Rep. Mike Greear voted against it). Fortunately, it was not considered on the floor of the House before the Feb. 4 deadline.
  • HB0144: Death Penalty Repeal
    • this bill passed the House 36-21-3 (Rep. Flitner was a co-sponsor and along with Rep. Newsome voted yes. Reps. Greear, Laursen, and Winter voted no and Rep. Northrup was excused. Unfortunately, the bill died in the Senate when it was voted down by the Committee of the Whole 12-18. Senator Kost voted yes and Senators Coe and Agar voted no.

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