Wyoming Freedom Caucus kills 1/3 of committee bills upon introduction.

In the first days of this legislative session, the Freedom Caucus has “killed” several committee-sponsored bills that would have improved the lives of Wyoming citizens. Committee bills are drafted during offseason meetings, where they get extra attention and deliberation by lawmakers, state agencies, and the public. That process requires a thoughtful approach, time, and money, and in return those bills are traditionally prioritized during the session over individually sponsored legislation. They are typically more likely to pass after consideration by the full legislature.

But 13 committee bills ended abruptly when each failed on introductory vote.

While the hard-line Freedom Caucus does not have the majority in the House, it does possess enough members to block bills that are presented for introduction.

These are some of the committee bills “killed” by the Freedom Caucus that Wyoming Rising feels should have been openly debated on the floor of the Legislature:

HB2 increased nonresident fishing license fees by a small amount but would bring an annual total revenue increase of $672,696 for the Game and Fish Fund.

HB5 would have made it easier for people with public or private insurance to continue to access care at community mental health centers.

HB37 clarified existing law and created penalties for intimidation of election workers and voters.

HB118 funded local and state health services, including $5 million for mental health services, from the money already allocated to Wyoming from the American Rescue Act.

HB119 would have created a block grant program for K-12 school districts to provide additional school counselors and school nurses.

SF40 provided funding for enhancement of outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities, boosting this sector of our economy and its many jobs.

SF28 proposed creating the position of national resource management coordinator to review and coordinate all legislative and administrative acts to Wyoming’s public lands.

Is this the representation we want in our legislature? Check on your senators or representatives votes on wyoleg.gov.

read a related article by Maggie Mullen at WyoFile

 

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