Legislative Report

By: Robert Geha Email
By: Robert Geha Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - A big win for the Game and Fish Department in the Wyoming House. Computer hackers beware. And Cameras on school buses moves another step to becoming law.
NewsChannel 5’s Robert Geha is at the State Capitol with Friday's legislative report.
Senate File 45 passes the House on a final vote.
The measure includes 4.7 million dollars a year to help Game and Fish pay for rising health care costs and two million a year for Grizzly Bear management.
The money would come from the general fund because Game & Fish says there’s not enough revenue from license fees to pay for the increased costs.
The bill is the same as it came out of the Senate, so it heads straight to the Governor.

The measure to create a 24/7 Sobriety Program passes the House on a first vote.
Senate File 31 allows folks arrested for alcohol or drug-related crimes to take a morning and evening breathalyzer test each day instead of staying in jail while they wait for trial.
Representative Keith Gingery says the program is already working in a few Wyoming counties.
He says it would cut down on jail costs and provide an incentive for offenders to stay off alcohol and drugs.
The bill to allow cameras on the outside of school buses passes the Senate on a second vote.
Supporters says House Bill 5 uses the law to collect images of people passing school buses when they shouldn’t be doing it, putting kids in danger.
Opponents claim it’s another way for, quote, Big Brother, to keep his eye on us.

The bill to raise the speed limit to 80 miles an hour on sections of Wyoming interstates passes the Senate on a first vote. WYDOT would determine on what stretches the higher speed limit would apply.

Also passing the Senate on a first vote is the post-dated checks bill.
House Bill 88 is one of those bills that’s good for consumers seeking pay day loans and the pay day loan industry.
Under the measure, consumers will have the right to rescind a post-dated check, can enter into an installment plan and will be notified of state laws dealing with pay-day loans.
Laura Lewis says the industry recognizes it has an image problem and is supporting the bill to do something about it.
She also says Wyoming has addressed predatory lending over the years.
Second Senate vote on both those bills Monday.
The computer trespass bill has been laid back in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Phil Nicholas says the bill is not in trouble, just some technical questions on it.
House Bill 178 would make it a crime to electronically harm another’s computer or network.
Hackers beware of the double whammy here, this bill also allows the harmed party to sue for damages.
Lawmakers moving rapidly through bills. Monday is the last day for bills to be voted on in the opposite house or they die.
I’m Robert Geha reporting live from the State Capitol, Back to you.


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