Steve Harshman en Mead Calls State Strong, Pushes Water Policy <p>Governor Matt Mead said that Wyoming is strong and getting stronger.&nbsp; During his annual State of the State address before the legislature, Mead urged lawmakers to invest in Wyoming.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:56:12 +0000 Bob Beck 53844 at Mead Calls State Strong, Pushes Water Policy Education Accountability Nearly Wrapped Up <p>The Wyoming House is wrapping up work on an enormous education accountability bill.&nbsp; During second reading debate on the bill, Casper Republican Steve Harshman added a massive amendment that clarifies a number of standards lawmakers want students to meet including writing.&nbsp; Harshman says it also notes that the ACT will be the way the state will track students who are high school juniors and, overall,he says the bill has clear goals.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:58:04 +0000 Bob Beck 20598 at Education Accountability Nearly Wrapped Up House Approves Schoool Construction Funding Bill <p>A bill that funds the construction of new schools in the state has received final approval in the Wyoming House of Representatives.&nbsp; This despite an effort by the House Education Committee Chairman to remove some money from the bill.&nbsp; Lingle Republican Matt Teeters complained that lawmakers are building some schools too big and have obligated too many schools to be built.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:11:12 +0000 Bob Beck 20417 at House Approves Schoool Construction Funding Bill Retirement Bill Fails <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives has defeated a bill that would have changed the state retirement system.&nbsp; Cheyenne Republican Bryan Pedersen wanted those hired after July first 2014 to be entered into a 401K style retirement plan versus the current defined benefit plan.&nbsp;</p><p>The reason for the defeat is because Pedersen believes the current state plan will run out of money.&nbsp;</p><p>However, opponents questioned Pedersen&rsquo;s numbers and his timing,&nbsp;and Casper Republican Steve Harshman says it&rsquo;s too big of a change in a short budget session.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:37:42 +0000 Bob Beck 19701 at Retirement Bill Fails Bill To Enhance Graduation Requirements Fails <p>An effort to enhance graduation requirements has failed.&nbsp; Lingle Republican Matt Teeters, who chairs the House Education Committee, offered a bill that would have added some graduation requirements for those in high school.</p><p>&ldquo;This bill would suggest that we would have four years of math and four years of science added to those requirements.&nbsp; Just the fact that of having that student enrolled in those extra classes &nbsp;their senior year, prevents that institutional loss that we see when seniors take their senior year off.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:12:12 +0000 Bob Beck 19583 at Bill To Enhance Graduation Requirements Fails