Wyoming Legislature update – Jan. 18, 2019
by Albert Sommers, House District #20 Representative
January 18, 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019
Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers reporting to you from the House of Representatives on Friday, January 18. The Joint Appropriations committee has worked tirelessly to craft a supplemental budget this session. Members have completed their initial work and committee staff will finalize the draft bills for introduction next week.
Today, the House considered 11 bills on second reading. One, HB0075 - Background check requirements-professional licensure, was laid back. The other 10 passed, including:
HB0021 – Election Readiness Account
HB0073 – Use of dogs – recovery of killed or wounded big game
HB0081 – Omnibus water bill – planning
HB0130 – Wyoming Cowboy Legacy Week
During the morning session, nine bills passed the House on third reading and will be delivered to the Senate for consideration. Several bills to highlight include:
HB0002 – Regulation of Hunting Methods
HB0044 – Expungement of juvenile court records
HB0054 - Federal natural resource policy account-amendments
HB0062 - Wyoming Utility Token Act-property amendments
HB0078 - Education major maintenance funding
The House Committee of the Whole met during the afternoon session to tackle important issues including education, local governments, and shared parenting. Rigorous debate surrounded HB0024 – National Board Teacher Certification and whether changes would be made to the incentive program for teachers to become National Board Certified Teachers; ultimately passing. Additionally, HB0101 - Joint powers boards-natural gas service, allows for the formation of joint powers boards to create and operate natural gas systems.
The 65th Legislature General Session will stand adjourned until Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
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