Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House of Representatives has voted against introducing a bill that would have banned discrimination against citizens on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The House voted 37-21 Wednesday to accept the bill, but the vote failed to meet the two-thirds necessary for introduction. Democratic Rep. Cathy Connolly, of Laramie, was the main sponsor of the bill. She says she intends to bring it back next year.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate is considering strengthening the state's seatbelt law. The bill would increase the fine for not wearing a seatbelt from $25 to $75. However, a driver still could not be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt.
Cheyenne, WY – The state Senate is once again debating a health care pilot project that is intended to help low-income people stay healthy. It creates a benefit package for patients that includes access to insurance. Patients would be required to pay into the program and would get state incentives for good health.
Cheyenne, WY – A Wyoming House Committee has approved a bill that could make it easier to convict people for underage drinking. The bill clarifies that someone under 21 drinking any type of alcohol is breaking the law, with some limited exceptions.
Jackson Republican Keith Gingery says the current law is so vague that some people have eluded convictions: "A judge ruled that you had to define what precisely they drank. Was it beer or was it hard liquor? Once they consume it we don't know. It was making it hard to get convictions."
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming legislature is considering a number of bills that would pit the state against the federal government.
The House has approved for introduction bills asserting states' rights and sovereignty. It also approved for introduction a bill that gives tools to the Wyoming Attorney General to sue the federal government for not properly following the Endangered Species Act or similar measures.