Cheyenne, Wyo. – The legislature has likely ended the discussion on gay marriage for the session. The State Senate voted down a conference committee report that would have kept gay marriages from being recognized in Wyoming. Senate President Jim Anderson says he does not plan to appoint another conference committee, and that essentially kills the bill.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming residents will soon be able to carry concealed guns without a permit. Governor Matt Mead signed the measure into law, saying that it was a good bill for Wyoming citizens.
It makes Wyoming the fourth state to enact such legislation. Casper Senator Kit Jennings says he believes more states will vote to do the same. "I think this is a historic bill," he said. "I think a lot of states will follow us. As usual, Wyoming is a trend setter."
Laramie, Wyo. – Libyan students studying at the University of Wyoming gathered today on campus to stand in solidarity with protesters in Libya, who are calling for the end of Muammar el-Qaddafi's regime. Waving Libyan flags and signs that read "We want freedom" and "No more blood," the students chanted "No more war" and "Qaddafi must go." About ten Libyan students turned out for the event.
Cheyenne, Wy – In an effort to keep the bill from dying, proponents of a measure to bar recognition of gay marriages in the state agreed to a compromise that must now be considered by the State Legislature.
A conference committee working on the bill removed all references to civil unions, so that it only addresses gay marriages. Some believe that restores access to the courts for those who have entered into civil unions in other states. That was a sticking point for both the majority of the State Senate and the governor.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The legislature is one step away from passing a school funding measure and sending it to the governor. The House on Tuesday agreed to a compromise that centers on two issues. One is classroom size, and the other is whether the state should continue to pay for all school transportation costs, such as bussing.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – It wasn't the most important vote of the session, but the State Senate has voted down a bill that required public school students to stand before the flag and say the pledge of allegiance each day.
Senator Cale Case of Lander objected to that requirement. "We lead those children by example," he said. "The symbols, the pledge, patriotism, it comes from the heart and not from the law. We can't dictate it. Once we begin to dictate it we undermine the very things that this country stands for."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A conference committee is having a difficult time reaching an agreement over a bill that would keep same-sex marriages from being recognized in the state. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, the controversial measure may die.