LX Bar Bill, Legislative Recap

LX Bar Bill, Legislative Recap

The House passed legislation concerning the LX Bar Ranch (SF36) on third reading Monday with its funding in place, $280,000, and the bill to make the area a state park is on Gov. Matt Mead's desk. Representative Rosie Berger.

Sen. Bruce Burns was on the committee that introduced the bill asking the Department of Parks and Cultural Resources to preserve the ranch started by John B. Kendrick in the 1900s. She said there were different discussions Monday as to how it would be funded but the the bill sent to the governor ended up back at the initial amount.

Public assistance drug testing bill fails, Redistricting signed, Wolf bill next

Berger added that HB82, dealing with drug testing those applying for public assistance, failed in the Senate Monday.

Legislative wrap from the Associated Press

Wyoming passes wolf bill while lawsuits loom

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Legislature has sent Gov. Matt Mead a bill to change the state's wolf-management law.

The measure complies with an agreement the state and federal governments reached last year over how to end Endangered Species Act protections for the animals.

Wyoming wants to allow trophy hunting for wolves in a flexible zone around Yellowstone National Park beginning this fall. The state plan would classify wolves as predators that could be shot on sight in the rest of the state.

Wyoming officials say they're hopeful Congress will enact legislation specifying that the delisting action can't be challenged in the courts. Congress earlier extended such protection to wolf delisting actions in Idaho and Montana.

Environmentalists and state lawmakers all say they expect legal challenges to Wyoming's plan without the congressional action.

State House passes education reform legislation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state House has passed a bill that continues efforts to help make Wyoming public school students better prepared for college and careers.

Representatives approved Senate File 57 on a 54-4 vote Tuesday. The bill goes back to the state Senate for consideration of changes made by the House.

The proposal details the tests Wyoming students will be taking from third grade through high school. It sets up a process for measuring the academic progress of students over their school careers and how well schools are doing their jobs in educating their students.

Lawmakers say the bill is another step in a long education reform process that will require additional work by the Legislature next year.

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