Legislative Report


Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Governor Mead has until Thursday to act on the 3.3 billion dollar budget. Lawmakers won’t be able to head for the exits until they agree with any line-item vetoes, if there are any.
Meanwhile the Sage Grouse bill passes the Senate on a final vote.
House Bill 102 would give duties and respsonsibilities to the state for the management of Sage Grouse besides what the Governor already has.
Supporters say if the Sage Grouse were to be listed as an endangered species , it would be a disaster for Wyoming industry.
The Senate did not agree to House changes in the 24/7 sobriety bill.
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 would cut down on jail costs, provide an incentive for offenders to stay off alcohol and drugs and help good citizens who make foolish mistakes.
The Senate version would apply to second offenders, the House version to both first and second offenders. Lawmakers accepted the Senate version
Some would say that workers and lower income folks didn’t fare well this session.
They lost the fight on minimum wage, Medicaid expansion and employee misclassification.
The Legislature is scheduled to wrap up sometime Thursday.
The Governor will give closing remarks to both chambers and the leaders will have their joint news conference.
We’ll have all of that for you.
I’m Robert Geha reporting from the State Capitol, back to you.


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