Legislative Report

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The 20 day budget session ends in 19 as the Legislature agrees with some line item vetoes the Governor made.
The 3.3 billion dollar state budget and Medicaid expansion was the common core of this session.
Lawmakers killed several Medicaid expansion bills in February. The only vehicle to survive was a budget amendment I call a Medicaid exploratory option.
It allows the Governor, State Health Director and Insurance Commissioner to explore a Medicaid expansion system that fits Wyoming.
But to some that doesn’t go far enough.

The debate over savings versus spending continues through the last day. It’s a debate that’s been going on for the last half-dozen years and one the state should be glad to be able to have.
The Legislature broke new ground on early childhood education, increasing workforce skills and both parties agreeing that the mineral extraction industry has to be protected, because 75 percent of tax revenues come from energy production.
Another area of agreement is what to do about a special session to deal with the fallout from the Wyoming Supreme Court decision in the Cindy Hill case.
In January, the State High Court decided the Legislature acted unconstitutionally last year when it removed Hill as head of the Education Department and replaced her position with an appointed director.
We’ll be here Friday to look at some of the high-profile bills which passed and the ones which didn’t.
And we’ll have a long-time reporter’s take on how the session went.
I’m Robert Geha reporting live from the State Capitol, back to you.

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