Military bills moving on in the Wyoming Senate

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- On day 2 of the Wyoming Legislature over 40 bills were introduced and sent to committees. Some of those measures could directly impact the military community across Wyoming.

The first will provide additional protections for people who are deployed when they are terminating or suspending contract services. This would be things like cell phones, TV, or gym memberships which can be costly while military members are out serving the country in other places.

File 36 will place limits on the amount of time a military member or veterans can use special tuition rates for higher education. The bill would reduce the number of semesters the program covers.

Another bill would designate August 7 as Purple Heart day and designate Wyoming as a Purple Heart State. The measure is just one way to honor wounded veterans and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving.

Senate File 31, which is supported by Governor Mead, is also moving on and would creating a skilled nursing center for qualifying veterans and their spouses. The measure requests a loan to plan, develop and construct the center. The bill doesn’t specify where the center would be built. However, it says it will be designed to provide community living, care and treatment for Wyoming Veterans.

Governor Mead called on Lawmakers to support this measure in his State of the State address saying, "Wyoming needs a skilled nursing center for them (veterans). We are the only state that doesn't have this service. In my mind it's a benefit our veterans have earned and its time Wyoming delivered the service."

The nursing center measure heads to the General File, while the others are being referred to the Transportation Committee.

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