Katie’s Law, a bill that would have allowed the state to collect DNA of people arrested for certain felonies will not move forward in the Wyoming House.
A committee voted 5-3 to kill the bill, which is named after a 22-year-old New Mexico resident whose killer was identified based on DNA matching. Proponents of the bill argued that DNA is the modern equivalent of a fingerprint.
Worland High School administrators are trying to bar a student from using the photo he has chosen for the yearbook.
Matt Jolley is an openly gay student who submitted a photo of himself holding a rainbow flag. The teacher sponsoring yearbook and the school principal say the photo was too political. But Jolley says many students submit photos with accessories that represent who they are and he should be allowed to do the same.
The provider of the Jackson Hole Rodeo has agreed to change the event’s opening prayer to be non-sectarian.
Jackson Mayor Mark Barron says the rodeo used to open with a prayer that mentioned Jesus, and his office received complaints about that.
“We have contestants that don’t follow that faith,” Barron said. “We have attendees that come from around the world. And so there were some people who didn’t appreciate the Christian element of the prayer.”
The town’s new concession agreement specifies that the opening prayer will be non-sectarian.
The Wyoming Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says that most complaints surrounding state prisons and jails involves improper medical of mental health care. Much of that has to do with inmates not getting their necessary medication.
The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by a Wyoming court, ordering Fremont County elections officials to implement a single-member elections system.
The decision is an attempt to remedy discrimination against American Indian voters.
In the past, Fremont county used an at-large system, wherevoters chose candidates for the entire county, rather than for smaller districts. That meant minority candidates didn’t have much of a chance. In contrast, a single-member system allows voters to choose candidates from their specific area.