The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee will introduce a bill that would modify bonds for seismic exploration for oil and gas on private land. If passed, companies doing any seismic exploration would have to put up a $5,000 bond for the first 1,000 acres being explored, with increases for acreage beyond that. The outgoing chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Kermit Brown of Laramie, said there have been complaints about the current regulations.
The Wyoming legislature will consider asking voters if the State Superintendent should be an appointed position instead of an elected one.
Lawmakers will consider a Joint Resolution that would place the proposed constitutional change on the ballot. If approved it would turn the State Superintendent into an appointed position by 2015.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Kermit Brown says there is a benefit to having an expert run the office instead of a politician, especially with the importance lawmakers have placed on the Department of Education.