Cheyenne – Governor Dave Freudenthal has signed the first few bills passed by the state legislature into law. But with just over two weeks left in the 2005 Session, there are still some major issues to be resolved. Roger Adams speaks with Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck about what remains.
Cheyenne – When the proposed Medical review panel bill left the house last week, some in the medical community thought it was tilted a bit in favor of attorneys. That's no longer the case after the Senate Labor committee reworked some key provisions and completely removed attorneys from the panel. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Laramie, Wy – The group Trout Unlimited says oil and gas development is happening way too fast in the Rocky Mountain West. The organization today released a report that finds the region's petroleum development is guided by scant science with respect to the well-being of fish, wildlife and people. Trout Unlimited is calling for more study, before there's irreversible damage, and has the backing of more than 50 professionals in the fish and wildlife fields.
Cheyenne, Wy – Some state legislators still believe that 16 year old drivers should be allowed to have more then one passenger in their car, even if they are to have an intermediate license. That was part of the second day of debate on the Graduated Drivers License bill. The bill as it is currently written does not allow more then one passenger under the age of 18, if a 16 year old is driving. This led to an attempt to amend the bill to allow three passengers.
Cheyenne, Wy – Despite complaints that the system used to place the new medium security prison was flawed Torrington remains the site of choice. During debate several Senators questioned the selection process. Senator Cale Case of Lander says the scoring system was very flawed and nobody that picked the site knew anything about business or economics. He also says there will be economic leakages to Nebraska that should be considered.
Laramie, Wy – The last two members of the sheep-eating Lone Bear Wolf pack have been killed south of Livingston, Montana. The pack, which roamed around the northern part of Paradise Valley, killed 38 sheep over the course of a year on two adjoining ranches along the Old Yellowstone Trail Road. The US Fish and Wildlife Service says the alpha male and a female were killed this past week. And the wolf recovery coordinator for Montana, Ed Bangs, says the control action for the Lone Bear Pack is over. The wolves were shot by federal agents in a helicopter.
Laramie, Wy – The Equality State Policy Center says so far the legislature has done some good work this year, but they also have some concerns. The organization is a governmental watch dog group and Sarah Gorin is Research Director. She says so far this year they are pleased the legislature is moving ahead with some plans for the future, like a wildlife trust fund and a higher education endowment. On the flip side Gorin says lawmakers could do more planning for the future, because right now there is no ten year plan for where the state should be.
Cheyenne, WY – Despite concerns that the bill could put unnecessary burdens on young people; the house gave initial support to the Graduated Drivers License bill Monday. The measure requires 15 year olds to get several hours of supervised training. They would then get an intermediate license at 16, and must follow a number of rules for a year. Among those rules, 16 year olds would generally only be allowed one passenger under the age of 18. Representative Elaine Harvey of Lovell says this aspect would hurt good kids.
Cheyenne, WY – Senators are set to take on the issue of where to put the new Medium Security prison. Lobbyists from Torrington, the site picked by the Department of Corrections, and Rawlins have been lobbying Senators on the issue. Senator Curt Meier, who represents Goshen County, defends the Department of Corrections choice of Torrington, saying their workforce is set up for the prison. Senators say they hope the issue does not get political, but they expect some politics to crop up during initial discussion of the bill Tuesday.