Salaries for judges could go up substantially under a bill being debated by the state Senate.
Senator Phil Nicholas says judicial salaries have lagged behind those in state government and higher education… and is proposing a nearly 34-thousand dollar increase for those on the Supreme Court, a 25 thousand dollar increase for District Court Judges, and Circuit court judges would see a pay hike of roughly 7-thousand dollars.
However,Senator Charles Scott of Casper fears such increases could take away much needed dollars from important programs like Medicaid.
Governor Matt Mead says low natural gas prices and a declining revenue forecast was behind his thinking in denying pay hikes for state, University of Wyoming and Community College employees this year. Mead was concerned about committing to a long term spending item and thought that it was wiser for the state to focus on one time spending.
The legislature’s Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee is sponsoring a bill that would allow hunters to bait big game animals. The bill is meant to help lure deer herds away from towns where they could be killed safely. Republican Senator Bruce Burns of Sheridan is co-chair of the committee. He says having too many big game animals near towns and along the highway is dangerous for drivers and animals.
A Wyoming program that helps the disabled has a long waiting list, but a state bill to be introduced next year could help.
Jackson representative Keith Gingery is the sponsor of the bill to be introduced during the upcoming legislative session would provide $28 million in state and federal funding for Wyoming's Home and Community Based Waiver Program.
Lawmakers charged with redrawing Wyoming's legislative districts say they expect to hash out competing proposals at a two-day meeting early next week.
Republican Sen. Cale Case, of Lander, and Republican Rep. Pete Illoway, of Cheyenne, are co-chairmen of the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee that meets Monday and Tuesday in Cheyenne. The Legislature will consider the committee's final plan in the session starting in February.