Senate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-versus-courts <p>This week’s Supreme Court ruling on the EPA and its ability to regulate carbon is a mixed bag for Wyoming officials and energy producers. It sets the stakes even higher for Republicans in the state who are determined to derail a pending EPA rule on climate change. &nbsp;</p><p>Like most all things here in Washington these days, the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the EPA is being read along party lines. But Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says it’s not just partisanship. He says your opinion also hinges on where you’re reading.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:05:21 +0000 Matt Laslo 60530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts 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 24/7 Sobriety Bill Passes General File http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/247-sobriety-bill-passes-general-file <p>The 24/7 Sobriety Program Bill has passed general file in the Wyoming Senate.</p><p></p><p>The bill would create the option for people who have been arrested for substance abuse misdemeanors to be tested regularly for drug or alcohol use instead of staying in jail.&nbsp;&nbsp; If the offender fails to complete or pass a test, he or she would be arrested and appear in front of a judge.&nbsp;</p><p>The program would mainly be funded by fees paid up-front by the offenders themselves.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:46:59 +0000 Erin Jones 54326 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 24/7 Sobriety Bill Passes General File Senate Debates Increasing Bonding For Oil And Gas Drilling http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-debates-increasing-bonding-oil-and-gas-drilling <p>The Wyoming Senate began debate on a bill that would increase bonding requirements for oil and gas operators on split estate properties.</p><p>The bill would increase the bond for operators drilling on land where they don't own the surface rights from two-thousand dollars to ten thousand.&nbsp; Supporters say that operators are causing surface damage in excess of ten thousand dollars.&nbsp;<br /><br />Senators voted down an amendment to reduce limit the bond to six thousand dollars.&nbsp; Kaycee Senator John Schiffer says the higher bond helps protect landowner rights.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:00:22 +0000 Bob Beck 54299 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Debates Increasing Bonding For Oil And Gas Drilling Legislature Kills High Profile Bills http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-kills-high-profile-bills <p>Wyoming lawmakers killed a number of high profile bills Tuesday that&nbsp;failed to meet the requirement that legislation receive two-thirds support&nbsp;before it can be considered.&nbsp;<br /><br />One of those bills would have decriminalized marijuana.&nbsp; Casper Representative Steve Harshman strongly opposed the bill.&nbsp;</p><p>"What’s going on south of us with an all cash business, and with cartels moving in, this is a real serious issue," Harshman said. "I’d vote no on this, I’d say no on this, I’d send the right message to our kids. "</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:56:54 +0000 Bob Beck 53902 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Democrat Hardy Kicks Off US Senate Campaign http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrat-hardy-kicks-us-senate-campaign <p></p><p>A former Roman Catholic priest who's running for U.S. Senate in Wyoming calls for raising the minimum wage and creating jobs through infrastructure projects.</p><p>Democrat Charlie Hardy, of Cheyenne, formally kicked off his campaign Tuesday by speaking to a couple dozen supporters at his campaign office in Cheyenne. Hardy says he's running because many parents in Wyoming worry about not having enough money to provide for their children.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:28:09 +0000 The Associated Press 53547 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Democrat Hardy Kicks Off US Senate Campaign The Budget Committee Sen. Enzi Disdains http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/budget-committee-sen-enzi-disdains <p>Wyoming’s senior Republican Senator Mike Enzi is on a special budget conference committee that he says has already become a moot point. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on why he’s given up on the group before its really gotten to work.</p><p>MATT LASLO: Senator Mike Enzi, along with seventeen Senate Republicans, voted against the final deal to reopen the federal government and avoid a potential default on the nation’s debt.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:40:05 +0000 Matt Laslo 49993 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The Budget Committee Sen. Enzi Disdains Senate Committee defeats guns in schools bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-committee-defeats-guns-schools-bill <p>The Senate Education committee killed a bill that would have allowed those with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in schools and on Wyoming College campuses.&nbsp; The bill died after nobody made a motion to consider it.&nbsp; A number of educators at all levels testified that the legislation was a bad idea and that such ideas should be left to local school districts to consider.&nbsp; University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan testified that the allowing guns on campus could lead to problems.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:12:04 +0000 Bob Beck 36422 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Committee defeats guns in schools bill Senate passes seismic exploration bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-passes-seismic-exploration-bill <p>The Wyoming Senate defeated a bill dealing with seismic exploration, reconsidered it, and then passed it.&nbsp;</p><p>Supporters say that the goal of the legislation is to set tiered bonding for seismic exploration.&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming Stockgrowers Association Executive Vice President Jim Magagna says the bonding will be based on the size of the acreage being accessed.&nbsp; &nbsp;He says that the bill was amended to say that when seismic</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:31:35 +0000 Bob Beck 36053 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate passes seismic exploration bill Senate continues to debate overhauling the State Superintendent's office http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-continues-debate-overhauling-state-superintendents-office <p>The State Senate continues working on a bill that would change the way education is governed in Wyoming.&nbsp;<br /><br />The bill would lead to the appointment of a State Education Director, who would oversee such things as education accountability and school funding.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:32:29 +0000 Bob Beck 35287 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate continues to debate overhauling the State Superintendent's office Senators push to restore mine land funding http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senators-push-restore-mine-land-funding <p>A group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation seeking to restore hundreds of millions of dollars to Wyoming and other states that receive federal payments to restore abandoned mine lands.</p><p>The bill would repeal a provision in the recently passed federal transportation funding law that put a cap on how much abandoned mine land payments states can get.</p><p>The bill caps Wyoming at $15 million a year, down from about $150 million a year currently. Other states currently receive less than Wyoming, the nation&#39;s largest coal-producing state.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 23:51:39 +0000 The Associated Press 27950 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senators push to restore mine land funding Roberts drops bid for U.S. Senate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/roberts-drops-bid-us-senate <p>A University of Wyoming history professor is dropping his bid to run as an independent for U.S. Senate.</p><p>Phil Roberts says there is no room in this year&#39;s Senate race for him because in order to be successful he would need support from a number of Republicans. But as his petition drive to gather signatures progressed, it became clear that most of his support was coming from Democrats and independents.</p><p>Roberts was a Democratic candidate for governor in 1998 and lost the primary to John Vinich, who then lost the general election.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 23:55:18 +0000 The Associated Press 27565 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Roberts drops bid for U.S. Senate Senate approves education accountability measure http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-approves-education-accountability-measure <div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">The State Senate gave final approval to a major Education Accountability measure.&nbsp; It provides testing and other procedures to keep students, teachers</span></font><font color="#1F497D" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">,</span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt; Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:04:48 +0000 Bob Beck 20246 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate approves education accountability measure Senate committe kills Laramie aquifer legislation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-committe-kills-laramie-aquifer-legislation <div style="margin: 0pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#1F497D">After hours of testimony, t</font><font color="black">he Senate Minerals committee killed a bill that would have allowed the City of Laramie to acquire a parcel of land to protect the community&rsquo;s water supply.</font></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="black">The city said it wanted the state to spend 15 million dollars to </font><fon Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:05:11 +0000 Bob Beck 20004 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate committe kills Laramie aquifer legislation