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.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has issued its first ozone advisory in more than two years for Sublette County's Upper Green River Basin. The DEQ says it expects that ozone levels could exceed federal standards within the next couple of days. That's based on the presence of so-called "precursor emissions," along with current weather conditions, which include low winds, snow cover and bright sunlight.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate has given final approval to a bill that will prohibit those suspected of driving drunk from refusing blood alcohol tests.
The Senate passed the measure despite many attempts to weaken the bill. Law enforcement officials say the change in policy would allow them to better combat repeat DUI offenders who have learned it is better to refuse a blood alcohol test and take their chances in court.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – After much debate, the Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill that makes strangulation of a family member a felony. The bill was the top priority of groups that advocate for victims of domestic violence.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate has killed a bill intended to enhance Wyoming's open meetings law, which has been rated as one of the worst in the country, in terms of transparency.
The controversial portion of the bill required the recording of closed meetings, known as executive sessions. Those session can be held for discussions of legal and personnel matters and the purchase of land.
Casper , Wy – Robert Barnes has resigned as president and CEO of the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, two weeks after he was suspended with pay. Barnes' resignation follows criticism over an evaluation process last year that deemed out-of-state companies the most qualified to manage the construction of a business incubator.