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Wyoming Legislature update Jan 22, 2019
by Albert Sommers, House District #20 Representative
January 23, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Hello Sublette County, this is Albert Sommers from a cold and snowy Cheyenne. The House of Representatives is back in session after the holiday weekend. I spent the weekend reading bills and preparing for the short week ahead, with its heavy schedule.

Today, the House considered eight bills on second reading. Bills of note included:
HB0022 Teacher Accountability
HB0024 National Board Teacher Certification

Nine bills passed the House on third reading and will be delivered to the Senate for consideration, including these, which I supported:
HB0021 Election readiness account
HB0073 Use of dogs recovery of killed or wounded big game
HB0081 Omnibus water bill planning
HB0089 Wage garnishment

The House Committee of the Whole considered nine bills this afternoon. Several of which sparked lively debate. Six bills passed the committee, including these bills I supported:
HB0060 Underage marriage exceptions repeal. This bill would move the age of marriage to eighteen, from the current sixteen. I supported this bill, but believe that exceptions should be allowed. I am working on an amendment
HB0082 Veterans skilled nursing facility. This bill has seen a great deal of debate. An interim committee recommended Buffalo as the preferred site, but that has been changed to Casper during Committee hearings here in Cheyenne. I support Buffalo, because I do not like to see all state facilities and state jobs being located in the most populated cities of Wyoming.
HB0084 Wage equality state employees and programs

Three bills failed the House Committee of the Whole today, including these bills I voted against:
HB0102 Hunter safety course preference points. I believe the whole preference point system needs to be studied, but this bill complicated the system worse than it is now.
HB0114 Shared parenting. I did not support this because it took judicial discretion away from the process of determining custody of children.
HB0115 - Lifesaving measures immunity

Learn more about all the bills I discuss, and any bill this session, by visiting the website

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Thank you

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