Wyoming lawmakers are concerned with a provision in the bipartisan budget agreement that would cost the state money for mineral development.
Wyoming stands to lose around twenty million dollars annually from the budget deal that overwhelmingly passed the House. It includes a provision that makes permanent a law that charges states like Wyoming for costs associated with their mineral leases. The state hasn’t received that money since 2008, but Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis and other officials thought that was just temporary.
Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis will be involved in the latest attempt to reform the Endangered Species Act. Lummis will take testimony on how the law might be reformed during a hearing in Casper on September 4th. Lummis says the goal is not to get rid of the Endangered Species Act.
“Our goal is to make the endangered species act work. And we have a law where only one percent of the species that have been listed have been de-listed. To me that indicates a law that is failing,” says Lummis.
Lummis says too many species have ended up on the list due to court cases.
The Violence Against Women Act has now passed both the Senate and House of the US Congress.
The law seeks to address violent crimes against women, to aid in the prosecution of offenders, and to provide resources for victims. But Wyoming’s three congressional lawmakers all voted against renewing the bill.
Representative Cynthia Lummis says for her, the provision allowing tribal courts to prosecute non-Native people who abuse Native women on reservations was the deciding factor.
In preparation for President Obama’s announcement proposing gun control legislation last week, Wyoming lawmakers acted fast to propose bills making any such law unenforceable in the state. Wyoming’s Congressional delegation has also said that this legislation is not the way to go.
Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis has said that it would be better to focus on services for mentally ill people.
HOST: The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has rekindled the gun-control debate in Washington. Matt Laslo reports that Wyoming lawmakers are either staying mum, or oppose some of the proposals being unveiled.