Events on the 26th day of 2013 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature: Tues., Feb. 12:
BUDGET: A conference committee began meeting Tuesday afternoon to begin resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the supplemental budget bill.
COURTS-GUNS: A bill that would ban deadly weapons in Wyoming courtrooms received initial approval in the state Senate. House Bill 216 faces two more votes in the chamber. It has already passed the state House.
FUEL TAX: The state Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would raise state fuel taxes from the existing rate of 14 cents a gallon up to 24 cents. The bill already has cleared the House and faces two more rounds of debate in the Senate.
HUNTING SILENCERS: The House of Representatives advanced a proposal to allow silencers for hunting predators and small game but not for big-game species. The bill faces one more vote in the House.
UW TRUSTEES: House of Representatives approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow nonresidents to serve on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. The state Senate must agree to changes the House made to the resolution.
BILL SIGNINGS: Gov. Matt Mead signed a number of bills into law, including the following: House Bill 12, Contagious and infectious diseases among livestock; HB17, School capital construction-enrollment methodology and HB4, Cattle brands.