Billings, Mont. – Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says the state will defy federal protections for gray wolves and kill packs that have been hurting elk herds.
Schweitzer also told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he is encouraging livestock owners north of Interstate 90 to shoot wolves that harass their animals. He says state game wardens would stop investigating wolf shootings in that part of the state.
Livestock owners in southern Montana already have authority to shoot wolves that harass their animals.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would say only marriages and civil unions between one man and one woman can be recognized in Wyoming may finally get a hearing on the Senate floor.
After delaying action on the bill, the State Senate may debate the measure as early as Wednesday. Senate Majority Floor leader Tony Ross says he fears the bill goes too far in barring recognition of civil unions between gay couples.
Laramie, Wyo. – A former state official and his wife plan to burn their marriage license on the steps of the Wyoming Capitol Building, to protest a bill moving forward in the Wyoming Legislature. If it's passed and signed by the governor, House Bill 74 would change Wyoming law to specify that the state only recognizes marriages between one man and one woman.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers began work on the $215 million supplemental budget on Monday. It would leave a little over a billion dollars in reserve. Some wonder if that is too much money. But Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Phil Nicholas told the Senate that the reserve should actually be much larger than it is.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers are questioning a decision to deny a request for several million dollars to help the state meet a possible shortfall in the Medicaid budget. The legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee discussed the cut on Monday, during a review of Wyoming's proposed supplemental budget.