Legislative Report

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Legislative leaders make a major decision Friday afternoon just three days before the 62nd Wyoming Legislature kicks off its budget session Monday morning with Governor Mead's State of the State Address.

There are plenty of high-profile bills to cover which will need a two-thirds vote to be put into play, but first the Legislature's Management Council - made up of mostly House and Senate leaders - is hedging its bets on whether the Wyoming Supreme Court will reopen the Cindy Hill case.

The state high court ruled last week Senate File 104 unconstitutional.
it replaced the State Schools Superintendent as head of the Education Department with an appointed director.

So now the Management Council has decided to have a special session this spring to draft new legislation dealing with how the Education Department will be run. This has to be approved by the full legislature next week.

Back to those high profile bills.

One would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Another would decriminalize small amounts of pot.

There's a bill to reduce the school year by 10 days placing teacher in- service days in the summer months or when school is not in session. Expect a lot of fireworks on that one.

One measure would raise the speed limit to 80 mph on certain stretches of highways.

There's a bill to use firing squads for executions and another gun rights bill is on the way.

Senator Chris Rothfuss thinks many of them are dead on arrival.

And since this is a budget session, we asked Appropriations Co-Chair Senator Eli Bebout what he thinks of the $3.3 billion dollar budget.

Monday morning at 10 a.m. Governor Mead will give his 4th State of the State Address. We'll have a full report on that and the legislative response on NewsChannel 5 at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday night.

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