Legislative Report

Cheyenne, WY. (KGWN) - The Wyoming Legislature moves through more introductory bills today.
Lawmakers also spent part of the day doing committee work and even voting on bills for a second time.
NewsChannel 5’s Robert Geha reports from the State Capitol.
A substance abuse bill earns the necessary two-thirds vote to move forward.
House Bill 55 would divert 2 ½ million of the 16 million dollars in excise taxes on alcohol each year which go into the general fund.
That 2 ½ million would go the Wyoming Health Department for long-term substance abuse treatment.
The bill’s sponsor says he’s not in favor of raising taxes on beer, wine and liquor for treatment programs.
Representative Matt Teeters, who chairs the House Education Committee, says House Bill 3, which garnered enough votes to be put into play, would allow local school districts to form schools for at risk students.
Those are students who don’t have the advantages of average students.
A bill to allow six million of Medicaid money to flow into the Indian Health Service failed.
We asked Representative Pat Goggles why many in the legislature refuse federal money for healthcare for the poor.
He says the money comes with conditions.
Republican candidate for Congress Jason Senteney dropped by the State Capitol today.
The Yoder Republican is challenging three term incumbent Cynthia Lummis for Wyoming’s lone congressional seat in Washington.
He says he’s pro-life on abortion and says the states, not the federal government, should decide whether to recognize same-sex marriage.
Senteney says if elected to Congress he’ll push to get rid of the income tax and replace it with a national sales.
Look for a couple of gun rights bills to be introduced in the next day or two.
We’ll let you know how they turn out.

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