Cheyenne, WY – Thirty protesters sang in front of the state Capitol in opposition to a bill that seeks to bar Wyoming from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The Rev. Dee Lundberg of the Unitarian Church of Christ in Casper organized Monday's protest.
The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Tuesday hearing on the bill. The bill would let Wyoming voters decide whether to amend the state constitution to ban the recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
Cheyenne, WY – A legislative committee has approved a bill that says people cannot be discriminated against due to their sexual orientation. Laramie Representative Cathy Connolly says such protection is lacking in Wyoming law.
The department of employment says that roughly ten percent of the complaints filed in their office have something to do with sexual orientation. The bill now heads to the House floor.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming House of Representatives is debating a bill that would provide property tax relief to all state citizens.
Cheyenne Republican Pete Anderson says the bill provides every Wyoming citizen a tax break on the first $4400 of their assessed valuation. He says most people should save a few hundred dollars on their property taxes.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate is considering making the killing of a pregnant woman an aggravating circumstance in a death penalty case.
Two years ago the Governor vetoed a bill that made it murder when a pregnant woman was killed and another murder when the unborn fetus was killed. Senator Ken Decaria of Evanston is trying to narrow the focus. But he told the Senate that there still appears to be some controversy surrounding his intent.
Cheyenne, WY – An attempt to cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases was killed last night in the House Judiciary Committee.
Medical groups came out in force asking the legislature to help them reduce the high cost of medical malpractice insurance. They claim that the high insurance premiums have made it difficult to both recruit and retain doctors.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Legislature plans to consider bills on the polarizing social issues of abortion and same-sex marriage this week.
House Speaker Colin Simpson, R-Cody, says the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear a bill on Tuesday that would let Wyoming voters consider whether to amend the Wyoming Constitution to specify that the state wouldn't recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.