State Representative Mike Madden will be giving updates throughout this Legislative session. This week he discussed a number of topics from the local government funding model to this week's budget work.
Madden said one highlight last week was the re-establishment of the “traditional” funding model for local governments.
He explains what happened.
The other happening he mentioned is the striking of the amendment to HB001, which would have negated funding for the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, located in Buffalo, which is overseeing all substance abuse and suicide prevention programs in the state. The amendment would have basically cancelled the state's contract with the organization. The house struck the amendment and funding from the state will continue to the PMO as usual.
Madden said this week is “crossover week,” where successful House bills will end up in the Senate and Senate bills will go to the House.
He said his Revenue Committee already has their bills to the Senate, having passed them early in the Legislative Session.
One bill he is watching for out of the Senate pertains to uniform appeal process for local Boards of Equalization (BOE). It creates an equal ground and outlines the process in each county for citizens to appeal their property taxes to the local BOE, usually the county commissioners.
The bill came in response to the fact that not all counties were handling their appeals as a BOE in the same manner from one county to the next.
Representative Madden will update us further later in the week.