The Wyoming House of Representatives has approved a bill that would require school buses in the state to carry video cameras on the outside.
The cameras would help catch motorists who illegally drive by stopped buses, also known as fly-by's. Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau opposed the bill, saying that using cameras to spy on people would make him uncomfortable. Other opponents complained that it should be a local control issue and not something that the state should mandate.
The Wyoming House of Representatives failed to introduce the second of two committee-sponsored Medicaid Expansion bills, essentially ending the chance that lawmakers will approve an expansion this session.
The bill was based on the Medicaid fit program that was created by the Wyoming Department of Health. Cheyenne Republican Sue Wilson urged the House to debate it.
Efforts to raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to nine dollars an hour failed to gain traction in the Wyoming House of Representatives. They voted down the bill Tuesday, 51 to 9. The wage mainly impacts service workers.
Cheyenne Democrat Jim Byrd was the sponsor. He said that he was attempting to help people earn a living wage. He also said that it wouldn’t hurt business owners, but it would help the local economy.
The Wyoming House of Representatives defeated a pair of amendments during the second day of debate on a bill that would remove some duties from the State Superintendent and give them to a governor-appointed Director of Education.
Jackson Republican Keith Gingery asked for $20,000 to be set aside to allow State Superintendent Cindy Hill to fight her loss of power in court. During that discussion Gingery expressed disappointment about the tone of the debate on the issue.