As the legislature finishes another week in their process of forming a two-year budget for the state of Wyoming, legislators complete work on the school construction bill and the abandoned mine lands bill.
Representative Rosie Berger says that the difference in community college funding between the House and Senate will hopefully be addressed in conference committee later today.
Among several other school projects in the state, the bill would fund Coffeen Elementary school in all three phases. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin once construction of Meadowlark Elementary is complete. That bill moves on to Governor Matt Mead for his review and signature.
Berger tells us the other big bill related to the budget they've been working.
The House proposed $8.8 million for community colleges in amendment while the Senate instead allocated money for developmental disability waivers. Berger said earlier this week that they hope tor reach a compromise between the two issues in conference committee. She said that a possible number for colleges could be around $4.4 million.
Senate File 26 will be in House Appropriations Committee today on first reading - the bill would allocate $950,000 for space to add an extra judge in Sheridan and Johnson Counties. Look for more on that this weekend.
The redistricting bill, which has seen little opposition in either chamber, passed third reading in the Senate yesterday and moves on for Mead's final approval and signature.
All bills must pass third reading by Wednesday, March 7. The budget session concludes next Friday, March 9.