Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would strip the Environmental Quality Council of its ability to declare areas of the state "very rare or uncommon" continues to move forward.
Non-coal surface mining is prohibited on lands given the designation. The State Senate on Thursday rejected an amendment by Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss to have legislative oversight over lands the EQC wants to protect.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House is debating whether the legislature should mandate that student athletes be better protected when they suffer concussions.
The bill is sponsored by Dave Bonner of Powell who says it is a serious concern. "[It] would require that school districts, coaches and athletic trainers, receive training to understand the nature and risk of concussions," he said. "And to recognize signs and symptoms of such injuries."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – It will be a while before the legislature approves a number of education-related bills. Among other bills, a teacher accountability bill and a school funding bill are headed to a conference committee.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate has taken a major step toward eliminating a driver's right to refuse a blood alcohol test in cases of suspected DUI. Currently, when a driver is suspected of driving under the influence he or she can refuse such a test. Law enforcement officials say that can make it difficult to prosecute repeat offenders who are savvy about the law.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has been elected to the board of directors of St. Louis-based Arch Coal.
The company announced Wednesday that Freudenthal joins the board effective immediately.
Arch Coal sold more than 160 million tons of coal last year, much of it mined from the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming. Wyoming produces about 40 percent of the nation's coal, more than any other state.