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.