Cheyenne, WY – It is still legal in Wyoming for passengers to have an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle. A bill to outlaw this narrowly died Wednesday in the state legislature. The bill banning open containers of alcohol needed just one more vote in the House of Representatives to become law. But, for now it is dead. The sponsor of this bill, Senator Tony Ross, says this is the angriest he's ever been. Those voting against the bill say there are other laws on the book that focus on drunk driving and this bill would go too far.
Gillette, WY – Developers of the new Cam-plex Multi-Event Center in Gillette are hoping to sell the naming rights to the facility. But general manager Dan Barks says it won't be easy to find a big-name, big-money sponsor because of Gillette's remote location and low population. Barks says it might prove easier if the facility was along Interstate 90, which it is not. Barks says he's heard estimates that the facility might get two (M) million dollars for naming rights. That revenue would come in handy.
Cheyenne, WY – Following several amendments and a reduction of funding a quality child care bill barely passed the Wyoming Senate Wednesday. The bill was intended to try and improve child care services in the state, but opponents thought government was treading where it did not belong. On the final day of debate in the Senate .the funding was cut from 14 million down to a million dollars. That and other changes frustrated Senator Mike Massie, who says the bill was gutted. Massie does not understand the opposition to early childhood programs in the State.
Cheyenne, WY – Governor Freudenthal is expressing serious reservations about a bill to allow legislators to keep private communications with staff. The measure, which has passed both the State House and Senate, would make discussions about potential laws and information from paid consultants off-limits to the public. The Governor says the bill is too broad and not well-thought-out. Freudenthal thinks it may be appropriate to look at this type of legislation. But he says it shouldn't be rushed into.
Cheyenne, WY – No one film dominated Sunday night's Oscar awards. But, the state of Wyoming did quite well. Brokeback Mountain, which was set in Wyoming, won a couple of awards. Also a commercial featuring Wyoming tourism ran in seven major markets during the broadcast. State Director of Tourism Diane Shober says this was the first time that she knows of that Wyoming has had an ad run during the Academy Awards in this many markets. Shober says the ad is part of television campaign that costs about one point three million dollars.