A plan to expand Medicaid for Wyoming’s Native American population has failed in the Wyoming House of Representatives.
A proposed bill would have allowed the state to go ahead with a demonstration program that was intended to help improve the health care of Native Americans.
Democrat Patrick Goggles of Fort Washakie was disappointed that the bill failed to get the 40 votes needed for it to move forward. But Goggles adds that 32 people voted for it which tells him that it could pass in the future.
The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by a Wyoming court, ordering Fremont County elections officials to implement a single-member elections system.
The decision is an attempt to remedy discrimination against American Indian voters.
In the past, Fremont county used an at-large system, wherevoters chose candidates for the entire county, rather than for smaller districts. That meant minority candidates didn’t have much of a chance. In contrast, a single-member system allows voters to choose candidates from their specific area.