The Wyoming Senate on Friday voted to overturn a decision by the Joint Appropriations Committee to remove future funding from the state’s Environmental Quality Council.
The funding was removed over the fact that the EQC opposed a coal mine in Sheridan County. Senator Cale Case says the issue was clearly payback.
“And Mr. President you and I both know that’s not the best way to handle an appellate agency that has such an important role in our state.”
Case later suggested that maybe the next step is to remove funding from the Supreme Court if lawmakers didn’t like a decision the court made, which elicited laughter from the floor. The Senate restored the funding and the issue may have to be negotiated in a conference committee.