In light of Wyoming’s high suicide rate, the state Legislature’s Joint Education Committee has voted to draft legislation that would implement the Jason Flatt Act in the cowboy state. It would require all school teachers to participate in a two-hour suicide prevention training every year to maintain their licenses.
Wyoming had the highest suicide rate in the country in 2012. Joint Education Committee co-chairman Senator Hank Coe says it’s an especially tough issue in his district. Six people in Park County have taken their own lives so far this year.
The State Senate has approved a bill that allows Wyoming to enter into a multi-state lottery. Senators amended to move money that would be generated from the lottery from cities and counties to a fund that benefits schools. Opponents of the lottery say it will hurt the poor. But Senator Hank Coe says there is a lot of support for the measure.
“The citizens of this state want this bill. I saw a poll in the last 12 months, 62 or 63% of the people in that poll support this lottery,” says Coe.
The Wyoming Senate has revived a school finance measure with onesignificant change:The bill removes the controversial regional cost adjustment known as the hedonic model that caused the measure to fail in the house.
That provision would remove funding from communities with amenities and could have cost Teton County four million dollars.