Representative Botten on Wyoming Guard Bill

Representative Botten
Representative Botten

Representative Jon Botten checked in with Sheridan Media Thursday afternoon, to discuss a bill on which he'd proposed an amendment. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has the story.

House Bill 124, is a National Guard bill that would allow guardsmen to perform their duties without compliance with licensing laws when responding to state emergencies. Botten elaborates.

As presented by Committee, Botten voted no on the bill, because he read and understood the wording to mean allowing anyone in the Guard to perform any licensed profession, with or without any professional training. On a drive home for the weekend, he formulated an idea for an amendment, passed the idea on to Colonel Romero, who made the amendments “even better.”

The bill passed all three readings in the House, in fact getting a unanimous “yea” vote Friday. It now heads to the Senate. Representative Botten, bolstered by the support, is in awe of being part of the legislative process.

With a legislative update for sheridanmedia.com news, I'm Mary Jo Johnson reporting.
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The two HB124 amendments read as follows:

"(d)  Any member of the Wyoming national guard who possesses a license or credentials to practice a trade or profession in another jurisdiction may perform that trade or professional service in Wyoming without first being licensed or otherwise possessing credentials under any Wyoming licensure laws during those times that he is serving in the Wyoming National Guard in a state active service status.
 
(e)  Any member of the Wyoming National Guard who has been trained and qualified in a particular occupational specialty may perform assigned duties within the member's occupational specialty while he is serving in the Wyoming National Guard in a state active service status without first being licensed or otherwise possessing credentials under any Wyoming licensure laws."

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