House Bill 26, introduced by the Joint Judiciary Committee, would give the Fourth Judicial District, Sheridan and Johnson Counties, a second judge to sit in Buffalo.
The bill has already been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been sent to the House Appropriations Committee for their consideration.
HB26 was read and approved on first reading on Friday, after Johnson County Commissioner John Gibbs, as well as others, spoke in favor of the move at the Capitol in Cheyenne.
Johnson County Attorney Ken DeCock has supported the addition of another judge to the district, and at the last county commission meeting, he asked for the commissioners' backing for the bill.
He explains one reason why he feels it is necessary.
Current Fourth Judicial District Judge John Fenn is currently performing the work of nearly 1.7 judges, according to DeCock, who cited statistics compiled by the Wyoming Supreme Court.
The bill get its second reading Monday by the Appropriations Committee.