wyoming legislature http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Hill Report Could Be Fodder For Impeachment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-report-could-be-fodder-impeachment <p>A special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill released a scathing report Tuesday concluding she failed to follow legislative funding directives and demanded rank-and-file education department staff to demonstrate personal loyalty to her.</p><p>Hill has 15 days to respond before the committee will issue its final report, probably before the end of the month.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:02:54 +0000 Associated Press 60707 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Report Could Be Fodder For Impeachment Wyoming Stories: A Future Legislator's Childhood Trip To Cheyenne http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-future-legislators-childhood-trip-cheyenne <p></p><p>Dan Kinneman is from Rawlins. His father was one of Wyoming’s longest-serving legislators. In this story, Kinneman—himself a former legislator—describes a childhood visit to Cheyenne during a treacherous winter.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:51:11 +0000 Adrian Shirk & Micah Schweizer 59529 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: A Future Legislator's Childhood Trip To Cheyenne What do you want Wyoming legislative candidates to discuss during the campaign season? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-do-you-want-wyoming-legislative-candidates-discuss-during-campaign-season <p>What do you want Wyoming legislative candidates to discuss during the campaign season?</p><p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p><p>By contributing your comment, you consent to the possibility of having it read on the air.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:49:28 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 59525 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What do you want Wyoming legislative candidates to discuss during the campaign season? Mead Urges Shift In Conversation About Carbon http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-urges-shift-conversation-about-carbon <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Governor Matt Mead says it’s time to move past the argument over climate change, and start finding solutions that will allow the continued use of fossil fuels, including coal. Thu, 15 May 2014 16:28:20 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58326 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Urges Shift In Conversation About Carbon Park County Commissioners Vote To Help Acquire Federal Lands http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/park-county-commissioners-vote-help-acquire-federal-lands <div class="_rp_i allowTextSelection" style="position: relative;"><div aria-label="Reading Pane" class="_rp_j allowTextSelection scrollContainer" role="region" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; height: auto; width: auto;" tabindex="-1"><div class="_rp_k" tabindex="-1"><div style="margin:0 0 10pt 0;"><span dir="ltr"><font color="black" face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3">Park County Commissioners have unanimously voted to give $5000 to an organization that is trying to get federal lands in state hands.</font></span></div></div><div aria-label="Conversati Thu, 08 May 2014 04:28:27 +0000 Penny Preston 57976 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Park County Commissioners Vote To Help Acquire Federal Lands StoryCorps: How The Hathaway Scholarship Came To Be http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/storycorps-how-hathaway-scholarship-came-be <p>Bill Schilling is the president of the Wyoming Business Alliance. He was instrumental in getting the Hathaway scholarship passed through the legislature, and he says it’s one of his greatest accomplishments.</p><p>The Hathaway allows students to get money for college if they meet certain academic criteria. Here, Schilling talks with former dean of the UW Business School Brent Hathaway. (In case you were wondering – no, the scholarship is not named after him.) Schilling recalls how the Hathaway scholarship came to be.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:33:04 +0000 Willow Belden 57656 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org StoryCorps: How The Hathaway Scholarship Came To Be Mead Says Legislative Committee Should Focus On Education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-says-legislative-committee-should-focus-education <p></p><p>A Wyoming legislative committee will decide if it wants to reconsider the powers and duties of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction this Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>State Superintendent Cindy Hill returned to lead the Department of Education this week, after the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that a law stripping her ability to oversee the department was unconstitutional.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Matt Mead says he doesn’t know what the legislative committee will try to do.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:20:19 +0000 Bob Beck 57227 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Says Legislative Committee Should Focus On Education Board of Ed Opts To Delay Decision On Science Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/board-ed-opts-delay-decision-science-standards <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The State Board of Education has decided to hold off on making any decisions about how to move forward with development of science standards. A footnote in the state budget bill that the governor signed earlier this month prohibits the Board from adopting, or even considering, a set of national standards that it had been reviewing for more than a year. Some legislators objected to the standards’ treatment of climate change and evolution.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:33:32 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 55819 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Board of Ed Opts To Delay Decision On Science Standards Representative Patrick Goggles Reflects On His Time In The Legislature http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/representative-patrick-goggles-reflects-his-time-legislature <p>Patrick Goggles has been serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives since 2005. But at the end of the recent budget session, he announced that he won’t be seeking reelection in 2014. Goggles is a democrat from House District 33, which includes a piece of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:28:43 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55689 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Representative Patrick Goggles Reflects On His Time In The Legislature Legislators Halt Consideration Of Controversial Science Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislators-halt-consideration-controversial-science-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Right before the close of the session, the Wyoming Legislature slipped a small amendment into the budget bill that’s proving to have some big implications. The footnote prohibits the State Board of Education from considering a set of national&nbsp;science&nbsp;education&nbsp;standards&nbsp;that it had been reviewing for more than a year, and as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, it raises questions about whose role it is to establish those&nbsp;standards.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:14:14 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 55603 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislators Halt Consideration Of Controversial Science Standards Science Standards Create Rift Between Board of Ed, Legislature http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/science-standards-create-rift-between-board-ed-legislature <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2014/Enroll/HB0001.pdf#AcroJS_DesignerJS.pdf%23page=55" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">tiny footnote</a>&nbsp;in Wyoming’s budget bill is causing a big stir. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:47:48 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 55352 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Science Standards Create Rift Between Board of Ed, Legislature How would you rate the Wyoming Legislative session? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-would-you-rate-wyoming-legislative-session <p>How would you rate the Wyoming Legislative session?</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:00:48 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 55085 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How would you rate the Wyoming Legislative session? Lawmakers Reflect On The 2014 Legislative Session http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lawmakers-reflect-2014-legislative-session <p>The Wyoming legislative session wrapped up this week and three issues dominated.&nbsp; One was the state budget.&nbsp; Another was the legislature’s decision to reject federal dollars to expand Medicaid, and the final issue was the Supreme Court Decision that said that it was unconstitutional for the legislature to demote State Superintendent Cindy Hill. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck asked lawmakers about some of those issues and has this report.</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:01:33 +0000 Bob Beck 55019 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lawmakers Reflect On The 2014 Legislative Session Capitol Onlookers Say Budget Session Was Fast, Controversial http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/capitol-onlookers-say-budget-session-was-fast-controversial <p>We just heard legislators discussing some of the issues of the past session, but we also chatted with some who attended the session.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio intern Erin Jones got some reaction from a variety of onlookers.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:56:11 +0000 Erin Jones 55018 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Capitol Onlookers Say Budget Session Was Fast, Controversial Speaker Of The House Tom Lubnau Speaks Out http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/speaker-house-tom-lubnau-speaks-out <p>Outgoing Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau says he is wrapping up his legislative career.&nbsp; The Gillette Republican is a fierce advocate for coal and the extractive industries.&nbsp;</p><p>Speaker Lubnau also has had some strong views recently about the University of Wyoming and got national attention over his reaction to the infamous Carbon Sink sculpture that was placed near old main. He speaks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:49:13 +0000 Bob Beck 55017 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Speaker Of The House Tom Lubnau Speaks Out Legislature Passes Grand Teton Land Swap Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-passes-grand-teton-land-swap-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After&nbsp;considerable&nbsp;discussion, the Wyoming legislature approved a bill that would let the state and the federal government move&nbsp;forward with finalizing&nbsp;a deal to swap state owned land in Grand Teton National Park&nbsp;with&nbsp;the federal government.&nbsp; Some senators&nbsp;expressed&nbsp;concern that the federal mineral land&nbsp;won't match the estimated $100 million value of the state's park land, but Jackson Senator Leland Christensen says the bill was changed&nbsp;to ensure the trade will be fair.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:42:45 +0000 Bob Beck 54966 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislature Passes Grand Teton Land Swap Bill Legislative Session Wraps Up http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislative-session-wraps <p></p><p>Members of Wyoming's Republican leadership raved about&nbsp;the legislative session that wrapped up Thursday, praising&nbsp;the state budget and lawmakers' support of business.&nbsp; The GOP leaders said the budget will do a lot for the state, but they noted that they were also able to put a lot into savings.&nbsp; Although the Senate Appropriations Committee was criticized for focusing too much on saving, Chairman Eli Bebout says in fact they probably spent too much. He says the energy industry could face tough times in Wyoming and it's important to be prepared.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:25:03 +0000 Bob Beck 54965 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislative Session Wraps Up 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 DNA Compensation Bill Hits A Snag http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dna-compensation-bill-hits-snag <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A conference committee is trying to resolve differences&nbsp;between&nbsp;House and Senate versions of&nbsp;a bill that compensates&nbsp;people&nbsp;wrongly convicted of a crime.&nbsp; The House version of the bill says that someone exonerated of a crime via DNA, still&nbsp;has to&nbsp;return to court and prove their innocence in order to get compensation.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:10:42 +0000 Bob Beck 54914 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DNA Compensation Bill Hits A Snag Lawmakers Approve Cody Loan Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lawmakers-approve-cody-loan-bill <p><span style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: calibri, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">A bill that establishes a new large state loan program and also benefits a Cody business has passed the legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:04:34 +0000 Bob Beck 54913 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lawmakers Approve Cody Loan Bill Legislature Frees Up $7M For Game And Fish http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-frees-7m-game-and-fish <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Grizzly bear management and Wyoming Game and Fish employee health insurance will be covered out of the state’s general fund in future budget cycles. The Legislature passed a bill that sidesteps their refusal to raise hunting and fishing licenses fees by allowing the agency to request state funding for those programs. Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott says it will free up about $7 million.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:15:03 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54865 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislature Frees Up $7M For Game And Fish Proposal To Increase Speed Limits Passes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposal-increase-speed-limits-passes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wyoming Senate has given final approval to a bill that will allow people to drive 80 miles per hour legally on certain sections of the state’s highways. &nbsp;Speaker of the House Tom </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lubnau</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the idea came to him from a constituent who noticed similar laws had been approved in Texas and in Utah.</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Bob Beck 54862 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposal To Increase Speed Limits Passes Senate Gives Final Approval To Cameras On School Buses http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-gives-final-approval-cameras-school-buses <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wyoming Senate gave final approval to a bill that sets aside $5 million for school districts to place cameras on school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped buses. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several senators opposed the bill saying &nbsp;the focus should be on prevention. &nbsp;One idea was to add more lights to the buses, so that motorists can't ignore them, but Sheridan Senator Bruce Burns says that won't do much.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:49:03 +0000 Bob Beck 54808 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Gives Final Approval To Cameras On School Buses House Gives Initial Approval To Economic Loan Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-gives-initial-approval-economic-loan-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wyoming House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill that sets up a state loan program and also helps fund the expansion of a Cody business.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:45:36 +0000 Bob Beck 54807 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House Gives Initial Approval To Economic Loan Bill 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 House Begins Debate On Sobriety Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-begins-debate-sobriety-bill <p>The Wyoming House is considering a bill that would set up a program to test those who have been arrested for substance abuse misdemeanors at all hours of the day.&nbsp;</p><p>House Judiciary Chairman Keith Gingery says&nbsp;24/7 sobriety programs&nbsp;like this&nbsp;are&nbsp;currently working in some select Wyoming counties and in other states.&nbsp; The bill funds a program where the substance abuser is tested regularly, sometimes twice a day, for drug or alcohol use.&nbsp; Gingery says not only will the legislation help people, it could reduce crime.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:12:02 +0000 Bob Beck 54714 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House Begins Debate On Sobriety Bill Budget Committee Votes In Favor Of Medicaid Expansion Proposal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/budget-committee-votes-favor-medicaid-expansion-proposal <p>Lawmakers finishing up work on the state budget have accepted a compromise amendment that encourages the Governor and other members of state government to figure out a way to expand Medicaid under Wyoming terms.&nbsp;</p><p>Conference Committee members accepted a version of a House amendment that now says the state may work with federal officials on an expansion plan, as long as Medicaid Expansion doesn't harm Wyoming businesses.&nbsp; Dan Neal of the Equality State Policy Center credits the public for convincing lawmakers to do something.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:26:30 +0000 Bob Beck 54669 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Budget Committee Votes In Favor Of Medicaid Expansion Proposal Game And Fish Funding Bill Survives Another Day http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/game-and-fish-funding-bill-survives-another-day <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives again discussed whether to provide money to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for health insurance and for management of grizzly bears.&nbsp;</p><p>Wednesday the House voted down an attempt to remove the Grizzly funding and Thursday the House defeated an amendment that would have removed health insurance funds.&nbsp; House Floor Leader Kermit Brown says the additional money is needed because lawmakers won't approve license fee increases.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:14:14 +0000 Bob Beck 54667 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Game And Fish Funding Bill Survives Another Day House Approves Data Safety Legislation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-approves-data-safety-legislation <p>Many parent groups across the nation are expressing concern about the data school districts collect on students and how it’s used.&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming’s House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring the development of a plan that would help keep data confidential.&nbsp; Laramie Democrat Cathy Connolly said that parents have expressed a number of concerns.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:55:44 +0000 Bob Beck 54666 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House Approves Data Safety Legislation Money Restored To Add Cameras On School Buses http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/money-restored-add-cameras-school-buses <p>The Wyoming Senate gave initial approval to a bill that would place cameras on school buses. The idea is to capture motorists who illegally pass buses while they are stopped.&nbsp; The bill allocates $5 million to purchase and install the cameras, an expense the Senate Appropriations Committee opposed.&nbsp; Senate Appropriations Chairman Eli Bebout suggested that money be spent on prevention and not enforcement.&nbsp; Education Chairman Hank Coe, of Cody, says prevention hasn't worked.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:51:59 +0000 Bob Beck 54665 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Money Restored To Add Cameras On School Buses