Billings, MT – Montana wildlife officials are seeking public comment on a proposal to relocate several dozen Yellowstone National Park bison to an American Indian reservation in Wyoming.
The 41 bison would go to the Northern Arapahoe Tribe's Wind River Reservation in early April. The animals have been held in a quarantine facility north of Yellowstone for four years to make sure they are not carrying the livestock disease brucellosis, which causes pregnant cattle to abort their calves.
Cheyenne, WY – People who seriously hurt children could face up to 25 years in prison under a bill moving through the Legislature.
Yesterday the House recommended approval of the bill. It would create the new crime of aggravated child abuse, and set a penalty of up to 25 years in prison for anyone who intentionally or recklessly inflicts serious injury on a child.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate is debating whether to keep an effort to create affordable housing in place. The program is intended to provide grant money to get homes built. The house added rental property into the mix this year. While some in the Senate continue to question the wisdom of having the program, Jackson Senator Grant Larson says it will serve a need into the future.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill to increase state taxation of helium.
Wyoming last year imposed a severance tax on helium production.
The House voted 47-12 on Wednesday to approve House Bill 287. The bill would expand state taxation law to include ad valorem taxes, or taxes on the ownership of helium that is produced by energy companies on federal land.
Rep. Frank Philp, R-Shoshoni, sponsored the bill. He says it will produce about $2 million a year for Sublette County and Wyoming's schools.
Washington, DC – A New York congresswoman has again introduced a wide-reaching wilderness protection bill that would ban logging, oil exploration and other development on 23 million acres across Wyoming and four other states.
The bill would create five million acres of new wilderness in Wyoming, along with additional wilderness in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.