Cheyenne, WY – The State Senate has given final approval to a controversial bill that would allow the public to see how much homes are worth in their neighborhood. It would allow people to see what a specific home sold for and how the county assesor has valued other homes in an area. Some Senators argue that this would violate privacy. But Kaycee Senator John Schiffer says it is a matter of fairness: "You have the right to know how your taxes are determined. Why did my taxes go up 40 or 50% in the last 2 or 3 years?"
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House of Representatives has voted against introducing a bill that would have banned discrimination against citizens on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The House voted 37-21 Wednesday to accept the bill, but the vote failed to meet the two-thirds necessary for introduction. Democratic Rep. Cathy Connolly, of Laramie, was the main sponsor of the bill. She says she intends to bring it back next year.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate is considering strengthening the state's seatbelt law. The bill would increase the fine for not wearing a seatbelt from $25 to $75. However, a driver still could not be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt.
Cheyenne, WY – The state Senate is once again debating a health care pilot project that is intended to help low-income people stay healthy. It creates a benefit package for patients that includes access to insurance. Patients would be required to pay into the program and would get state incentives for good health.