Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The higher speed limit bill is a step closer to becoming law. And motorists beware, school buses will soon be equipped with cameras.
NewsChannel 5’s Robert Geha is at the State Capitol with those stories and more in tonight’s legislative report.
The bill to allow cameras on the outside of school buses passes the Senate on a final vote 19-11.
The cameras collect images of motorists passing school buses when they shouldn’t be doing it, putting kids in danger
The cameras in House Bill 5 will cost the state five million dollars.
Opponents claim it’s too much money and would not prevent accidents.
Students from Pavillon, Wyoming have been lobbying for the bill for the last year.
They say the five million dollar cost is worth it, if it saves even one life.
House Bill 5 heads to the Governor.
The bill to raise the speed limit to 80 miles an hour on sections of Wyoming interstates passes the Senate on a second vote. WYDOT would determine on what stretches the higher speed limit would apply.
Also passing the Senate on a second vote is the post-dated checks bill.
Under House Bill 88, 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.
The computer trespass bill passes a second vote in the Senate.
House Bill 178 would make it a crime to electronically harm another’s computer or network.
A successful amendment would make it a felony if the damage is more than a thousand dollars.
You’d be facing up to a $10,000.00 fine or up to 10 years in prison or both.
This bill also allows the harmed party to sue for damages.
Final Senate vote on those three bills Tuesday.
The measure to create a 24/7 Sobriety Program passes the House on a second 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.
Supporters say the program is already working in a few Wyoming counties.
They say it would cut down on jail costs and provide an incentive for offenders to stay off alcohol and drugs.
And Tuesday is the last for bills to be voted on for a second time in the opposite House or they die.
It appears both chambers should get through all second reading bills without that happening.
I’m Robert Geha reporting from the State Capitol, back to you.