Cheyenne, Wyo. – As the Wyoming legislature continues to discuss legislation to strike back against the federal health care law, Governor Matt Mead is watching their actions closely.
During a news conference, the governor admitted that he is nervous about language in one of the bills, that would say that Wyoming does not have to follow rules established in the Affordable Care Act. "We don't want to put our citizens in a position where they think they don't have to follow federal law," he said. "Because we cannot do that."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – An effort to help Wyoming attract what are known as mega data centers is being debated in the Wyoming Senate. One mega data center alone can create several hundred jobs, and supporters say the centers will lead to additional high-tech jobs.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House will soon get to vote on a pair of constitutional amendments that deal with hot-button issues.
The House Judiciary committee has approved one resolution that specifies that marriage is between a man and a woman. And it has also approved another measure that essentially says that Wyoming citizens are in charge of their own health care, not the federal government.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Saying that teachers need protection from arbitrary termination, the Wyoming Senate on Tuesday responded to concerns from teachers across the state and killed a bill that would have eliminated teacher tenure from the K-12 system.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House has voted down a proposal to change the way wind energy is taxed in the state. It died on a 29-29 vote.
The bill would have removed a sales tax on equipment used to build wind farms and instead raised the upcoming wind generation tax from one dollar a megawatt to three dollars a megawatt. The belief was that would increase revenues from the wind energy industry while lowering upfront costs for wind developers.
CHEYENNE, wyo – The State Senate has given initial approval to a bill that sets up a process to better assess education in Wyoming. The idea is to reach student achievement targets through testing. Testing and other accountability measures will be determined by a design team. Senator Chris Rothfuss of Laramie says they will first have benchmark tests at various grade levels and after that lawmakers and the design committee will determine what schools should achieve
CHEYENNE, wyo – The University of Wyoming's head mens basketball coach has been fired. Heath Schroyer will be replaced by Wyoming's current Associate Head Coach, Fred Langley for the remainder of the season. Schroyers was hired in 2007, and his contract was slated to expire in 2014, and the University will pay him 160-thousand dollars per year for the next three years. No reason was given for the sudden termination.
CHEYENNE, wyo – The Senate Judiciary committee passed a bill that would dramatically reform driving under the influence laws in the state. Currently those accused of drunk driving can refuse a blood alcohol test. But the bill supported by law enforcement would change that. Senator Bruce Burns of Sheridan notes that a person would have to submit to a forced blood test if they insist on refusing, and has a concern about that.