Cheyenne, WY – After three days of hearings, a legislative committee has agreed to pass a bill that would impose a statewide ban on smoking in public places. Committee members made one key change to the bill, removing bars and private clubs from the ban. Cheyenne Representative Lori Millen voted against the bill because she was disappointed with the change. But she adds that it will be interesting to see if the bill will actually be brought up for debate. Millen suspects that a compromise bill is the only measure that will pass.
Cheyenne, WY – A comprehensive drunk driving bill is on its way to the House floor, after a committee approved the measure. Committee members were told that 38 percent of Wyoming arrests were for drunk driving and Jackson Representative Keith Gingery says something needs to change. The bill packages a number of initiatives into one bill. Gingery says that is a change from past attempts to toughen Wyoming's DUI laws.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich – President Barack Obama's planned review of recent changes in federal regulations raises questions about whether gray wolves in the Great Lakes and Northern Rockies will remain classified as endangered.
The U.S. Department of Interior announced last week it would drop wolves in both regions from the federal list of endangered species because they have recovered from the brink of extinction.