Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says it will take him some time to sum up this year's legislative session, which is set to end Thursday. The Governor admits he is very disappointed that the House defeated an expansion of the Children's Health Insurance program, along with a health care pilot program. Freudenthal says the House has puzzled him many times during the session because there was more ideology. Freudenthal does think the legislature did a responsible job on the state budget. He hopes to sign that bill Thursday.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming lawmakers have passed a budget that they say addresses the state's needs. Legislators remain hopeful that budget will not have to be cut. Wyoming's revenue is down, thanks to depressed natural gas prices -- the biggest issue surrounding the budget. The bill now goes to Governor Freudenthal for his approval.
Cheyenne, WY – A supercomputing center set to be built near Cheyenne has a design team. Representatives of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the center's managing organization, and the University of Wyoming made the announcement at a ceremony at the state capitol. The center will advance the understanding of climate and weather. State officials say it will put Wyoming on the scientific map.
This week Governor Freudenthal signed a bill that will help pay for the facility. The center is scheduled to open in 2011.
Cheyenne, WY – Some convicted drunk drivers would have to use in-car breathalyzers under a bill approved by the Wyoming House. The bill applies to those with multiple DUI offenses and those who have already been convicted of driving with a high blood alcohol level. The breathalyzers would keep a car from starting if a driver has alcohol in her system.
Worland Representative Debbie Hammons says that if a person attempts to drive while drunk, that information will be passed on to authorities.
Wyoming – In other states, legislatures are making massive budget reductions in response to the spiraling economy. In December, Wyoming officials were slightly concerned, and revenue forecasters were conservative with their revenue estimates. Now, two months later, forecasters say the numbers are worse than they ever imagined. Some officials are starting to come to grips with the fact that there might actually be budget cuts in Wyoming this year. Bob Beck reports.