Legislative Report

Cheyenne, WY The Wyoming Legislature runs up against a major deadline Thursday.
And the budget bill waiting in the wings for a final vote Friday.
NewsChannel 5’s Robert Geha is live at the State Capitol with more.
Lawmakers move a step closer to a special session this spring to deal with the fallout from a Wyoming Supreme Court decision in the Cindy Hill case.
You’ll recall last month, the state high court found last year’s Senate File 104 unconstitutional.
That bill removed the Superintendent of Public Instruction as head of the Education Department and replaced the position with an appointed director.
On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved 50,000 dollars to fund the special session.
Senate File 106 still needs to be approved by both houses.
A House budget amendment which passed Wednesday would manage and treat suicide prevention and substance abuse the same way it was managed and treated before it was changed two years ago.
By giving all 23 counties local control rather than a centralized Prevention Management Organization.
The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs oppose the amendment saying the present PMO system is working fine.
Senator John Barrasso stopped by the Capitol Tuesday and spoke to both the House and Senate.
He says the coal industry is under attack which is bad for Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal producer.
Wednesday night we said Medicaid expansion is not dead yet… it’s not.
Look for two to three budget amendments Friday dealing with Medicaid.
Bu hard to tell if any will pass.
I’m Robert Geha reporting from the State Capitol back to you.

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