Crunch Time

Crunch Time

There are 4 days left until the 2019 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature is finished. Sheridan Media’s Rustin Burr checks in with his report from day two in Cheyenne.

Day two of my adventure with the 65th Legislature started out with a meeting with local Representative for House District 29 Mark Kinner in the Joint Appropriations Meeting room at the Jonah Building. Then it was right to work for the group as they were tasked with a new deadline.

Wednesday, all bills that did not report out of committee are now effectively dead. On Thursday, the committee of the whole in both the House and the Senate were tasked with getting all bills read on General File or first reading. Those that did not get passed or addressed before adjournment, have now officially failed. Two bills that the Senate discussed in length were House Bill 66, Statewide Lodging Tax, and House Bill 103, Reporting of Abortions. Both bills passed. On the House side, Senate File 104 regarding chancery court and Senate file 149 which talks about Capitol complex oversight both held the floor discussion for several minutes. They both moved on as well.

Some local members of the Leadership Wyoming class were able to stop by for a photo as they were in town to host a special lunch with some of the Legislature. I also was able to take an extensive tour of the Capital Construction Project that is due for completion in a matter of months. Once back at the Jonah, I met for a discussion with Senator for District 22 Dave Kinskey and a lobbyist that was in attendance.

We will have more detailed stories on my journey to the 2019 Session in later stories.

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