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Mon March 10, 2008
Legislative committees will take up several issues between now and next session
Cheyenne, WY – Legislative committees will study a range
of issues in the interim between now and the next session in January.
Among the topics for discussion are smoking in public places, promoting tourism and increasing penalties for drunken driving.
The Legislature's Management Council approved the list of topics for interim study.
The idea of a statewide smoking bans and instituting electronic voting in the Legislature made the list after being passed over in recent years.
Rep. Tom Lubnau is a Gillette Republican and a member of the Management Council. He says that smoking is an important
issue with many people, but says that doesn't mean that any statewide ban will pass.
Marguerite Herman of American Cancer Society says that including a smoking ban on the study list marks progress toward statewide smoking restrictions.
Dan Neal is executive director of the Equality State Policy Center. He says that the Legislature's consideration of electronic voting shows lawmakers are interested in ensuring accountability.
Wyoming is one of the few states in the nation that still casts voice votes.