Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that aims to encourage more filmmakers to film movies in Wyoming has received final approval in the State House of Representatives. The bill would grant Wyoming's film office almost a million dollars every two years, to be used to draw filmmakers to the state.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate continues to debate the merits of a sales tax break on software intended to attract mega data centers to Wyoming. It would be coupled with an existing sales tax break on data center facilities.
Senator John Schiffer opposes the bill, and tried to amend it to require a report on what benefits the tax break is providing. He also tried to require data centers to pay their sales tax, which would be returned with interest in five years if the companies were still in Wyoming.
Jackson, Wyo. – A district judge has shot down Teton County's public smoking ban.
District Judge Timothy Day on Wednesday ruled that the county's health board lacked authority to enact the 2009 ban. It had prohibited smoking in all public places, including bars, restaurants and places of employment throughout the county, including the resort area of Jackson Hole.
Day ruled in response to a lawsuit brought by the owners of The Virginian Saloon and associations representing contractors, truckers and the liquor industry.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would require doctors to offer pregnant women who want to have an abortion the chance to see an ultrasound before they undergo the procedure was approved by the Wyoming House.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill that allows people to store guns in their cars, no matter where they are parked. It means that citizens can drive around with guns in their vehicles while at work or while shopping.
People would not be allowed to park with guns on school grounds. But many private business owners say they also want the ability to regulate who can have guns on their property.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – As the Wyoming legislature continues to discuss legislation to strike back against the federal health care law, Governor Matt Mead is watching their actions closely.
During a news conference, the governor admitted that he is nervous about language in one of the bills, that would say that Wyoming does not have to follow rules established in the Affordable Care Act. "We don't want to put our citizens in a position where they think they don't have to follow federal law," he said. "Because we cannot do that."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – An effort to help Wyoming attract what are known as mega data centers is being debated in the Wyoming Senate. One mega data center alone can create several hundred jobs, and supporters say the centers will lead to additional high-tech jobs.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House will soon get to vote on a pair of constitutional amendments that deal with hot-button issues.
The House Judiciary committee has approved one resolution that specifies that marriage is between a man and a woman. And it has also approved another measure that essentially says that Wyoming citizens are in charge of their own health care, not the federal government.