Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Matt Mead announced several appointments to his administration today. Steve Corsi will be his new Director of the Department of Family Services. Tom Glause will be a member of the Board of Equalization. Ryan Lance will be the new Director of the Office State Lands and Investments. The new Adjutant General will be Luke Reiner, presently a Colonel in the Wyoming National Guard.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state House is advancing a bill that would establish annual teacher evaluations that are based in part on student performance. Senate File 146 passed a preliminary vote Friday and faces two more votes in the House. The bill would require creation of standards for school districts and administrators to measure teacher performance annually and how to handle teachers who don't meet the standards. The bill specifies that one measure of teacher performance is whether a teacher's students show academic improvement.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives added some $45 million to the state budget during its budget debate.
Under the House version, new money would go to local government and toward some economic development efforts, like data center recruitment. The House and the Senate also placed some $15 million into an account to deal with aging landfill sites.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate today made an adjustment to a bill that would change the eligibility requirements for Hathaway scholarships.
Kaycee Senator John Schiffer successfully amended the bill, so that students in smaller schools would not be penalized if their district could not provide classes that would allow them to meet the Hathaway requirements.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate on Wednesday gave initial approval to a bill that would clarify that the only marriages that will be recognized in Wyoming are those between a man and a woman. The same would apply to civil unions.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Supporters of gay marriage rallied in front of the State Capitol on Wednesday in opposition to a bill that is intended to keep Wyoming from recognizing same-sex marriages and civil unions. Minister and former state official Rodger McDaniel and his wife of 34 years told the gathering that they are strongly in support of marriage, which is why they decided to shred their marriage license.