Cheyenne, Wyo. – A State Senator wants the legislature to set the stage for banning same-sex marriage under the Wyoming Constitution. Senator Curt Meier says the issue has been a topic of contention for some time, and voters should decide whether or not same-sex marriages should be legal.
Casper, Wyo. – Arch Coal Inc. has announced a deal to ship Wyoming coal to Asia by way of British Columbia.
The St. Louis-based company on Tuesday announced a deal with Canadian firm Ridley Terminals Inc. that will enable Arch to ship up to 2 million metric tons of coal this year and up to 2.5 million tons each year through 2015.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports the company would use a port near Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that brings better notification and industrial siting rights to landowners affected by wind energy development has passed the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senate President Jim Anderson says they are trying to take the lessons they learned from oil and gas development and apply them to wind. But in some cases, the issues are different.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Wyoming Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed gun without a permit.
Senator Kit Jennings of Casper says if people meet federal and state requirements, they have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons without government intrusion. The bill also would allow people from other states to carry non-permitted concealed guns while they're in Wyoming.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – After adding an amendment to a revised Hathaway Success Curriculum bill on Monday, the Wyoming House of Representatives removed it on Tuesday and passed the bill.
The measure changes a requirement that students must have two years of a foreign language. It allows students to opt for two years of vocational education or two years of fine or performing arts study instead.
CHEYENNE, wyo – A Wyoming legislative committee voted 7-2 to approve a bill that would ban all gay marriages performed elsewhere from being recognized in Wyoming. The state currently does not allow gay marriages to be performed in the state. That's why house majority floor leader Tom Lubnau of Gillette supports the bill
"We are not extending the same rights to our citizens that we are extending to citizens of other states," says Lubnau.
CHEYENNE, wyo – A Wyoming legislative committee has voted to toughen Wyoming's driving under the influence law and would no longer allow citizens to refuse a chemical blood alcohol test. Currently defense attorneys advise clients not to submit to such a test and generally the worst that happens to a driver that refuses, is a suspended license. Eric Phillips is the new traffic safety resource person for Wyoming prosecutors. He says when South Dakota switched to this approach they got a lot better handle on DUI's
CHEYENNE, wyo – The Wyoming Senate Judiciary committee is trying to determine the best way to handle a pair of proposed health care resolutions that would put health care decisions in the hands of the public. The measures would attempt to amend the Wyoming constitution. One bill keeps the federal government from requiring that citizens carry health insurance. The other says that most health care decisions will be left in the hands of citizens. But Committee Chairman Drew Perkins of Casper says such things are tricky