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.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate is debating a bill that would change Hathaway college scholarship requirements. The most significant change would come in the upper levels of the award.
Students who qualify for the most money would be required to take two years of a foreign language and two years of either vocational education or fine and performing arts. The House version of the bill said that students would no longer be required to take a foreign language.
Billings, Mont. – Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says the state will defy federal protections for gray wolves and kill packs that have been hurting elk herds.
Schweitzer also told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he is encouraging livestock owners north of Interstate 90 to shoot wolves that harass their animals. He says state game wardens would stop investigating wolf shootings in that part of the state.
Livestock owners in southern Montana already have authority to shoot wolves that harass their animals.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would say only marriages and civil unions between one man and one woman can be recognized in Wyoming may finally get a hearing on the Senate floor.
After delaying action on the bill, the State Senate may debate the measure as early as Wednesday. Senate Majority Floor leader Tony Ross says he fears the bill goes too far in barring recognition of civil unions between gay couples.
Laramie, Wyo. – A former state official and his wife plan to burn their marriage license on the steps of the Wyoming Capitol Building, to protest a bill moving forward in the Wyoming Legislature. If it's passed and signed by the governor, House Bill 74 would change Wyoming law to specify that the state only recognizes marriages between one man and one woman.