Phil Nicholas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Grand Teton Land Swap Bill Heads To Conference Committee http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grand-teton-land-swap-bill-heads-conference-committee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would set up a land swap with the federal government for state-owned lands inside Grand Teton National Park is still a ways from being resolved.&nbsp; Senators are leery that the state may not get fair value for state trust lands inside the park.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:14:45 +0000 Bob Beck 54915 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grand Teton Land Swap Bill Heads To Conference Committee Budget Goes To The Governor And The Senate Debates Medicaid http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/budget-goes-governor-and-senate-debates-medicaid <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wyoming House and Senate have agreed to changes in the state budget bill. &nbsp;The bill gives public employees a roughly 2.4 percent pay hike, provides money for improvements at community colleges and the University of Wyoming, and $175 million for local governments. &nbsp;Senator Eli </span>Bebout<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> called it a responsible budget.</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:41:37 +0000 Bob Beck 54806 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Budget Goes To The Governor And The Senate Debates Medicaid Senate Debates State Park Fee Distribution http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-debates-state-park-fee-distribution <p>The Wyoming Senate has given initial support to a bill that would allow State Parks to use entrance fees on things besides major building projects.&nbsp; But not everyone loves the idea.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br />Senate Majority Floor Leader Phil Nicholas of Laramie said it&nbsp;was difficult to raise park fees to pay for important capital construction and major maintenance&nbsp; projects&nbsp;and argued that it would be wrong to use the money for another purpose.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:54:27 +0000 Bob Beck 53901 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Debates State Park Fee Distribution Senator Nicholas rips tactics of pro-gun lobbyists http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senator-nicholas-rips-tactics-pro-gun-lobbyists <p>After receiving threats and attacks concerning Senators’ patriotism and support of gun rights, Senate Majority Floor Leader Phil Nicholas decided that the Senate would not debate a pair of gun rights bills.&nbsp; One bill would allow local law enforcement to arrest federal officials enforcing federal gun laws in the state and the other gave the state power to keep local officials from developing their own gun regulations.&nbsp; Nicholas says the bills were poorly drafted and gave one example:</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 01:21:55 +0000 Bob Beck 37086 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senator Nicholas rips tactics of pro-gun lobbyists Gov. Mead reiterates need to grow 'rainy day account' during State of the State speech http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-reiterates-need-grow-rainy-day-account-during-state-state-speech <p></p><p></p><p>In the State of the State address today, Governor Mead reiterated his proposal to redirect more money from severance taxes into the ‘rainy day account.’ One percent of severance taxes currently goes into the permanent mineral trust fund, but Governor Mead wants it to go into a legislative savings account instead.&nbsp;</p><p>House Minority Leader, Mary Throne, has spoken out against having a rainy day fund so large, noting that it currently contains $5 billion. She says they need to determine how much they actually need to save.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:36:24 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35059 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead reiterates need to grow 'rainy day account' during State of the State speech Wyoming officials say proposed AML fund cuts are dire http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-officials-say-proposed-aml-fund-cuts-are-dire <p>Top Wyoming officials say congressional action to block about $700 million in federal Abandoned Mine Land payments to the state over the next 10 years threatens to be devastating to the state budget.<br>&nbsp;<br>Gov. Matt Mead and Sen. Phil Nicholas, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Wyoming Legislature, say the loss will leave the state hard-pressed to continue to pay for coal research and other programs it has covered with the AML dollars.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:10:13 +0000 The Associated Press 30592 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming officials say proposed AML fund cuts are dire Nicholas and Alexander face off in primary for Albany County seat http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/nicholas-and-alexander-face-primary-albany-county-seat <p>In Albany County,&nbsp;Republican Phil Nicholas is the incumbent for Senate District 10, but will need to win a primary election if he wants to return to the state legislature.&nbsp; Nicholas is in line to&nbsp;become&nbsp;the Senate&nbsp;majority floor leader if he wins&nbsp;his re-election.&nbsp;&nbsp;His Republican primary opponent is&nbsp;Anne Alexander,&nbsp;who&rsquo;s&nbsp;an economics professor at University of Wyoming.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 23:27:22 +0000 Irina Zhorov 28232 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Nicholas and Alexander face off in primary for Albany County seat Changes Made To Shell Corporation Regulation Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/changes-made-shell-corporation-regulation-bill <p>The State Senate continues working on a pair of bills intended to give the Secretary of State more power to regulate shell corporations or those who operate without significant investments or operations in the state.&nbsp; Senator Phil Nicholas successfully lowered possible penalties for people in Wyoming who act as registered agents, and says that&rsquo;s because they are not the people likely to commit fraud.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 23:27:44 +0000 Bob Beck 19705 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Changes Made To Shell Corporation Regulation Bill Nicholas Backs Off Of Aquifer Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/nicholas-backs-aquifer-bill <p>Senator Phil Nicholas has decided to remove himself from sponsoring a funding request for the Laramie Aquifer leaving Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss to oversee that effort.&nbsp; Nicholas was accused of having a conflict of interest in brokering a land deal for his client, former legislator Doug Samuelson.&nbsp; The proposal was to have the state buy Samuelson&rsquo;s land and turn it into a state park.&nbsp; Laramie citizens then could have access to the property and it would prevent development from occurring above the Laramie aquifer.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:37:13 +0000 Bob Beck 19580 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Nicholas Backs Off Of Aquifer Bill Wyo. lawmakers say brace for budget cuts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyo-lawmakers-say-brace-budget-cuts <p>Top Wyoming lawmakers are directing state agencies to brace for possible budget cuts.</p><p>Republican Sen. Phil Nicholas, of Laramie, and Republican Rep. Rosie Berger, of Big Horn, are co-chairmen of the Joint Appropriations Committee. They wrote a letter telling state budget officials that agencies should be prepared for cuts ranging up to 8 percent in the coming two-year budget cycle.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 02:05:08 +0000 The Associated Press 15373 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyo. lawmakers say brace for budget cuts