A bill that would legalize the practice of tip sharing has failed after a conference committee of House and Senate members could not reach agreement on the bill. Sponsor Ruth Ann Petroff of Jackson says lawmakers also heard a lot of negative feedback on the bill, so conference committee members agreed to drop it for the year.
The Wyoming Senate has given approval to a bill that will allow restaurants to set up a system where servers will turn in tips, so that they can be redistributed to other service workers at the establishment. Senator Ogden Driskill of Devils Tower says it will allow all service employees to make a greater wage. Driskill says such pooling already takes place in Wyoming, but it isn’t legal. He says workers and employers want it legalized.
A state lawmaker from Jackson is proposing some changes to Wyoming's tipping laws.
One bill introduced by Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff would make all tips exempt from sales tax. Currently tips automatically added to a bill, usually for large groups, are subject to sales tax.
Another bill from the Republican would allow restaurants to pool tips from everyone waiting on tables and then split the money among its employees. However, an employee couldn't be forced to contribute more than 15 percent of their tips to a tip pool.