Wyoming – Next week the Wyoming legislature will be asked to take up a proposed constitutional amendment on the right to hunt. Such an amendment has been adopted by three other states and Wyoming sportsmen and sportswomen organizations are behind the effort. Walt Gasson is the Director of the Wyoming Wildlife federation. He says the constitutional amendment would be beneficial in this state.
Wyoming – The Albany County SAFE Project advocates on behalf of victims, including victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. It's one of 24 such programs statewide - and this month the SAFE Project is trying to draw attention to the problem of stalking. I asked Outreach Coordinator Brittany Parsons to begin by giving us some numbers.
Wyoming – A big part of getting new legislation passed in the legislature is advocacy for bills. Some of that advocacy comes from citizens, but a lot happens through lobbyists. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone spent an afternoon speaking with lobbyists to hear about their strategies at the start of this session.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that would study the possibility of merit pay for public school teachers. The money could be doled out through a merit-based salary schedule, or could come as extra pay for excellent work.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill to keep Wyoming from recognizing any same-sex marriage. The state does not allow same-sex marriage, but the bill would amend state law so that gay marriages performed in other states would not be viewed as legal in Wyoming.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate will soon debate a resolution that's intended to keep government from mandating a health care plan. It specifically points to insurance mandates, but includes many other state or federal requirements.