First set of bills pass Legislature and work continues on the budget

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- The Wyoming Legislature is sending the first set of passed bills to the Governor for consideration to become law.

On Friday, the Senate passed 6 bills on third reading and since those are from the House, it was the last approval the measures needed for this session.

The 6 bills on the consent list are:

HB19 Wyoming Money Transmitter Act – a bill relating to digital currency tax exemptions
HB23 Audit requirements for conservation districts
HB40 Election code revisions – a bill addressing rules and rights of write-in candidates
HB72 Ad valorem tax collections
HB76 Supplemental security income program – a bill transferring this program from the Department of Family Services to the Department of Health
HB88 State Construction department – a bill that amends the Department’s budget allocations

One bill on the consent list for Friday that addresses the use of Blockchain technologies for corporations was laid back until Monday so an amendment could be added.

This set of bills is the first to fully pass both chambers and both parties in the Senate feel like it sends a message.

Minority Floor Leader, Senator Rothfuss says, "We want to be the first state in the country that puts together a thoughtful forward-looking package of legislation that enables corporations to utilize Blockchain technologies."

Majority Floor Leader, Senator Perkins agrees saying, "Wyoming continues to be a place that we want to foster an atmosphere for entrepreneurs...for young people to come here and realize and work with new technologies and expand here and that we don’t intend to over regulate it or tax it."

As for the most important bill this session, the budget, differences in the two chambers’ versions are starting to be reconciled. However, each budget is 145 pages long and numerous amendments on both sides were made; so it could take a while to comb through everything and come to an agreement.

Sen. Rothfuss says, "There are a lot of differences between the 2 chambers and different philosophies on where we can get the money from that we need to cover...different philosophies on what we should be funding. There is going to be a lot of good in the budget. We putting back in place some programs that had been cut for example, substance abuse, mental health programs things along those lines that we had cut in the past. So, that will be positive. But there is still a lot to be worked out. Education funding, for example. There are differences between the two chambers and I'm hopeful that we don’t end up cutting substantial amounts of funds from our education system in the state."

Once a final bill is put together, each chamber will vote to approve before it will being considered by the Governor.

The deadline for the Joint Conference to submit their final report on the budget is Friday March 9.

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