Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming legislature has once again said no to a lottery. The bill would have either set up a statewide lottery or had Wyoming join a multi-state effort. But the Wyoming House defeated the measure by a six vote margin Wednesday.
Laramie, Wyo. – Schools in Teton County School District One were on lockdown for a period of time Tuesday afternoon, after a shooting in Jackson's Cottonwood Park neighborhood. That's according to a dispatch officer with the Teton County Sheriff's Office.
According to the officer, the shooting took place near a number of schools. Police were working to clear the area as of 4:00 this afternoon. They were also in the process of releasing students.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The House Agriculture Committee has approved a bill that would sell property inside of Grand Teton National Park to the federal government. The state will receive approximately $104 million for the 1400 acres of land.
Washington, DC – Congressional investigators say oil and gas companies have injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel fuel in a widely used technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
Democratic lawmakers say the practice by large companies, such as Halliburton and BJ Services Co., appears to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act, because the companies did not obtain needed permits for use of diesel fuel.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Senate Education Committee has approved a teacher accountability bill that bases teacher evaluations in part on teacher performance. The committee has already passed another broader accountability bill, and a bill to remove teacher tenure.
Senator Hank Coe chairs the committee, and he says that he likes aspects of all three bills. "The bills have a lot of the same stuff in it, he said. "As they meld together I think we will have one bill, but I don't know how it's going to work."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Sen. John Barrasso has introduced legislation that would prevent the federal government from regulating greenhouse gases for the purpose of addressing climate change without specific approval from Congress.
The Wyoming Republican has seven co-sponsors, including fellow Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi.
Barrasso says in a statement released Monday that it's time for the Obama administration to give up its attempt to implement cap and trade through administrative rulemaking.