Cheyenne, Wy – The wildlife trust fund bill has passed the legislature. Despite some hard feelings by senators over the unwillingness of the House to compromise on their version of the bill, Senators adopted the bill which will fund enhancements to wildlife in the state. Two main points of contention were that the bill puts 15 million dollars into the wildlife trust .versus the 30 million dollar amount the senate wanted. It also limits the amount of money that can be spent in a year on projects.
Cheyenne, Wy – By all accounts education was the big winner during this year's legislative session. Funding addressing teacher salaries, health care, incentives and endowments were approved by lawmakers. Following the lawsuit over education funding in the 90's such a session would be unthinkable, but House Education Chairman Jeff Wasserburger says the budget surplus has cured most ills. State Superintendent Trent Blankenship called a press conference to praise legislators, calling this the most significant legislative session for improving schools.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's ties to the hate group associated with two murders in Chicago are severed. The husband and mother of a judge in Illinois were found dead this week. That judge made a ruling against the World Church of the Creator and its leader Matt Hale. Following the decision in 2002 it was announced the headquarters of the group were moving to the home of Thomas Kroenke in Riverton. But, the director of fact finding for the Anti-Defamation League, Mark Pitcavage says that never really happened and was only a move to try and deceive authorities.
Washington, D.C. – THE U.S. SENATE HAS VOTED 52 TO 46 TO OPPOSE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ON REOPENING THE BORDER TO CANADIAN CATTLE UNDER 30-MONTHS AND BONE-IN BEEF FROM SUCH YOUNGER ANIMALS. WYOMING'S TWO SENATORS VOTED AGAINST THE WHITE HOUSE. THE VOTE CAME ONE DAY AFTER A MONTANA FEDERAL JUDGE GRANTED A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST A USDA PLAN TO REOPEN THE BORDER MONDAY--AFTER 3-MAD COW CASES IN CANADA AND ONE OF A CANADIAN COW IN THE U-S.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal's two vetoes this session will stand. The Wyoming Senate voted Wednesday to uphold both vetoes. One struck down a bill that would have given more power to the state Land Board. The House voted to override, but the Senate fell far short of the two-thirds necessary to override the governor. That means the governor still retains authority to hire and fire the state lands director.
Cheyenne, Wy – A committee of representatives from the state House and Senate has adopted the House version of the wildlife trust fund bill, but it's possible there could be more work to do. Senator Bruce Burns says they agreed to the house bill because there was no room to compromise. He says the House version of this bill is weak, but he thinks it is better than no bill.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge in Montana today ordered the U-S border to remain closed to Canadian cattle imports. The U-S Department of Agriculture planned to open the border to fuller trade beginning Monday. U-S District Judge Richard Cebull, in Billings, granted a temporary court order preventing that. His ruling came after a lawyer for a livestock group said it would be insane to resume imports with so many unanswered questions about mad-cow disease.