Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal signed a bill today setting up an incentive program to attract movie companies to Wyoming. The proposal sets aside a million dollars in rebates for film companies that spend at least 500 thousand dollars during production in the state. Some say they hope the bill will attract film production to the state as soon as this summer.
Cheyenne, WY – This morning almost two dozen people told the state legislature not to change its law for managing wolves. The state House's wildlife committee met to discuss changing the wolf management policy. That policy would go into effect if wolves come off the endangered species list and the federal government approves the plan. Right now the state is suing to try and get the federal government to sign off on the law. The committee voted unanimously to leave the state law as it is.
Laramie, WY – The state Senate voted to fund a study for a light rail project in eastern Wyoming on Friday. The report would help lawmakers decide whether to move forward with a proposed rail system from Casper to New Mexico. During the debate, Cheyenne Senator Bob Fecht asked lawmakers to envision the future, where there might even be a train between Laramie and Cheyenne. The senate vote would put $240,000 into a study, although the House must approve the spending. The state of Colorado has already committed $1.2M to the effort.