Cheyenne, Wyo. – Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has been elected to the board of directors of St. Louis-based Arch Coal.
The company announced Wednesday that Freudenthal joins the board effective immediately.
Arch Coal sold more than 160 million tons of coal last year, much of it mined from the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming. Wyoming produces about 40 percent of the nation's coal, more than any other state.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House has taken a step toward allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Supporters say that is a constitutional right. For example, Jackson Representative Keith Gingery says citizens can currently carry weapons openly without a permit, and this measure would simply extend that, to give those who want to conceal their weapons the same right.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The issue of teacher tenure has returned, in a bill being debated by the Wyoming House of Representatives.
In a measure that develops teacher accountability standards, the House decided that teachers should have to work for five years before earning tenure instead of the current three years. If teachers change school districts after acquiring tenure, the bill would now require that they wait another four years before they regain tenure.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Once again, the Wyoming Legislature has voted against raising the fine for not wearing a seatbelt. The House of Representatives declined an attempt to raise the current fine from $25 to $75.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming legislature is slated to debate two high-profile bills in conference committees. One bill would keep gay marriages from being recognized in Wyoming. The House version of the bill also bans civil unions from being recognized in the state, unlike the Senate version. And that will be a key topic of discussion.
Laramie, Wyo. – On Tuesday, the Wyoming legislature will try to finalize its work on the state supplemental budget. The chairmen of the Joint Appropriations Committee say that the House and Senate passed similar budgets, and there are only minor issues to work out.