Laramie, Wyo. – Despite some disappointments, Governor Dave Freudenthal says this year's budget session is going well.
For the most part, the governor says lawmakers have heeded his advice to reign in spending.
"I think in general we have stayed within revenues," Freudenthal told reporters. "I say that cautiously because obviously there are still some bills running around up there that may or may not make it."
Cheyenne, WY – The ability to defend your property with deadly force and not retreat from an attack will be debated on the Senate floor.
A senate committee last night approved the so called Castle Doctrine on a 3-2 vote. The measure allows someone to defend their home and get immunity from prosecution if a death occurs. It also says that people do not have to retreat from an attack outside the home.
Cheyenne, WY – A senate committee gave unanimous approval to a bill that would make it a felony after driving under the influence three times in seven years.
Currently it is a felony if there are four convictions in five years.
Prosecutors and members of law enforcement told the committee that while they are getting a handle on DUI's, they still see increased numbers. The head of the highway patrol, Sam Powell says it's an issue that does not go away.
Cheyenne, WY – Some groups say that a bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature to cut some state services to illegal immigrants would disrupt families and scare even legal immigrants from seeking help when they need it.
House Majority Floor Leader Colin Simpson says thousands of illegal immigrants in Wyoming now receive benefits. His bill would block them from services ranging from driver's licenses and non-emergency health care to post-secondary education and food assistance.
Laramie, WY – A major reason ethanol isn't widely used as fuel is that the cost is too high - and one University of Wyoming researcher is hoping to change that.
Engineering Professor Patrick Johnson has received nearly half a million dollars to look for a cheaper way to make ethanol. He's focusing on enzymes, a very expensive ingredient that helps turn corn into fuel.
Johnson's strategy is to recycle those enzymes to lower costs.