Laramie, Wy – Wyoming voters rejected a proposed constitutional Amendment that would have allowed legislators to cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association President Kent Spence was delighted, saying that voters were not fooled by insurnace companies. Doctor Robert Monger of the Wyoming Medical Society says high insurance rates will continue to be a problem and now they need to try another avenue to solve it. He says they are willing to consider all options, including self insurance.
Laramie, Wy – Barbara Cubin has won re-election by the narrowest margin since she was first elected to Congress. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Cubin had 55 percent to 42 percent for Wilson businessman Ted Ladd. Libertarian Lewis Stock (stuke) claimed three percent. Cubin won Wyoming's lone House seat by a 12-point margin in 1994. She was re-elected by margins from 1996 through 2002, including by 38 points in 2000. Cubin says she's NOT surprised that this year's race was so
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming voters have approved a constitutional amendment dealing with local government spending for economic development projects. With 89 percent of precincts reporting, Amendment B had 66 percent "yes" votes and 34 percent "no" votes. The measure allows the Legislature to give local governments more leeway in spending money on job-creation projects. A separate ballot measure was also ahead but was close. With 89 percent of precincts reporting, Amendment A had 56 percent yes and 44 percent no.
Wyoming – Wyoming voters decided against changing the constitution and allowing legislators to cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. It was a crushing defeat for doctors who argued that it was a critical tool in their effort to fight skyrocketing medical malpractice rates. Voters have given tentative approval to Amendment C, which would allow lawmakers to set up a pre-screening panel in order to weed out frivolous cases. But the main focus over the last several weeks has been on the pros and cons of capping damages.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming voters are following the national trend of voting absentee. State Elections Director Peggy Nighswonger says state law allows Wyoming voters to request an absentee ballot without giving a reason. She toured northern Wyoming last week and found absentee balloting was up in several counties. Nighswonger says Sheridan county has seen over three thousand absentee ballots cast while Johnson county has recorded over 700 absentee ballots. She says elections officials are reporting the highest absentee numbers they've ever had.
Laramie, Wy – Four years ago voters in Casper defeated an effort to ban smoking in restaurants. Now in Laramie voters will have their say on a plan to prohibit smoking in restaurants and bars. The Chair of the Laramie Clean Air Coalition, Larry Deal, says it was important to also include bars in this effort. One bar owner, says people should not take the job if they have a problem with second hand smoke, or they should look for work at one of the two bars in Laramie that are already smoke free.
Laramie, WY – Voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to change the way money is distributed to Wyoming school districts. Supporters say it could prevent future lawsuits and make education funding more equitable. But about three school districts would lose money under the proposal. Pinedale School District Business Manager Vern McAdams says his district gets more money than average. McAdams opposes the amendment and would even it he was still in his old job in rural Laramie county.