Legislative Report

Cheyenne, WY. (KGWN) - A Medicaid expansion bill and a measure to shorten the school year survive in the Senate, while a higher speed bill wins introduction in the House.
NewsChannel 5’s Robert Geha reports from the State Capitol.

Senators barely say yes to more debate on a Medicaid expansion bill… the only one of several which didn’t meet an early demise.
Senate File 118 works in stages. Stage one allows for a year of traditional Medicaid expansion. Under stage two, the state would negotiate a Medicaid waiver with the feds, which would last for three years then expire. It could be extended again if the Legislature sees fit. The bill now goes to the five- member Senate Labor, Health & Social Services Committee where there are already enough votes to kill it.
Supporter Dan Perdue says if the Medicaid expansion bill survives, it could look much different coming out of the committee then when it went in.
Another high-profile senate bill moves successfully through introduction. Senate File 32 moves in-service teacher training days to the summer months or when school is not in session…which would shorten the school year by 10 days.
Opponents say that delays the benefits of professional training.
The bill’s sponsor says parents and small business owners have told him they would like a shorter school year. Senator Bill Landen also says the state pays 40 million dollars for teacher training and believes three or four day blocks of intensive training might generate better results than a day here and a day there.
When you look at the sentiment against Medicaid expansion, higher minimum wages and other unfavorable bills toward workers… we had to ask the AFL-CIO’s Kim Floyd why the deck is so stacked against the little guy.
Just want to mention that the bill to increase the speed limit on stretches of Wyoming Interstates passes introduction while a bill to elect the Attorney General of the state does not.

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