This is by no means a complete list of bills that are of interest. These are just some that have been filed by the posted date and that are of interest. My comments, if I make any, are in italics.
HB0067 – Sales tax revisions.
Sponsored by: Joint Revenue Interim Committee
This bill seeks to reduce the sales and use tax rate from 4 percent to 3.5 percent, and expands sales tax on certain services. It also seeks to repeal the sales and use tax exemption on food for domestic home consumption.
Our legislators are actively seeking ways to diversify the economy and minimize the negative consequences of boom and bust energy cycles. That is a good thing, however, the part of this bill which re-instates a food tax will inevitably impact the poor the most.
HB0103 – Reporting of abortions.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Clem, Edwards, Jennings, Salazar and Wilson and Senator(s) Steinmetz
Some have claimed that legislation which furthers protection for the pre-born is not necessary in Wyoming because, they claim, abortions do not occur in the state. The Guttmacher Institute conducted surveys in 2011, 2013, and 2014 showed a total of 380 abortions in Wyoming over that time period. Reportedly, the Wyoming Department of Health showed the number for that same period of time to be 5. Two abortion providers within the state have publicly admitted they do abortions but do not report to the state. Part of the reason for this is that there are no repercussions for not reporting, even though reporting is required in current statute. HB0103 adds penalties for not reporting.
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0145 –Death penalty repeal-2.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Olsen, Barlow, Brown, Burkhart, Connolly, Dayton, Flitner, Harshman, Lindholm, Miller, Pelkey, Schwartz and Wilson and Senator(s) Anselmi-Dalton, Boner, Landen, Pappas and Rothfuss
This one is self-explanatory. While it is a different question, for us, this is connected to the protection of all life including the pre-born. What is fundamentally at stake is whether or not the state will recognize that the value of an individual is inherent or whether the state believes that the value of an individual can be attributed.
I don’t like slippery slope arguments, but in this case, I find it applicable. If the state continues to enshrine the idea that an individual’s value is not inherent nor truly “unalienable,” but depends upon the attribution of “others,” then the only hope for individual security depends upon obtaining power. I think, our lack of legal protections for all life are what is driving the polarization of politics.
Furthermore, we understand that the values we enshrine in law, be they virtuous or vicious, have an instructive element to them. As we pray for an end to mass violence and preach about the value of all human life, our young people are learning from our laws. What they learn from this one (and from laws that permit the destruction of the unborn) is that the value of an individual’s life depends upon the perspective of the powerful. Anyone who has ever felt unwanted should recognize the danger here.
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0107-Sexual assault parental rights.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Blackburn, Clem, Henderson, Miller, Newsome and Pelkey and Senator(s) Case and Nethercott
AN ACT relating to termination of parental rights; including sexual assault as a factor that a court may consider to terminate parental rights as specified; specifying no reunification effort is required; and providing for an effective date.
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0129 –Civics proficiency examination.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Olsen, Brown, Clem, Flitner, Henderson, Lindholm, Miller, Northrup and Piiparinen and Senator(s) Agar, Bebout, Biteman, Boner, Case, Coe and Pappas
AN ACT relating to education; requiring passage of an examination on the principles of the constitution of the United States and the state of Wyoming to receive a high school diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate degree or high school equivalency certificate
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0140 -Abortion-48 hour waiting period.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Tass, Edwards, Gray, Hallinan, Jennings and Loucks and Senator(s) Biteman, Hicks and Steinmetz
AN ACT relating to health and public safety; requiring physicians to wait a specified period of time before performing certain nonemergency abortion procedures
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0160 Female genital mutilation.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly, Burlingame, Kirkbride, Pelkey and Sommers and Senator(s) Anselmi-Dalton and Nethercott
AN ACT relating to crimes and offenses; defining sexual intrusion to include female genital mutilation; specifying that transporting a minor for the purpose of female genital mutilation is a crime;
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0154 Restriction on public benefits.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Jennings, Miller, Pownall, Salazar and Tass and Senator(s) Kinskey
AN ACT relating to public benefits; conditioning eligibility for state or local public benefits on lawful presence in the United States; requiring verification of lawful presence in the United States upon application for state or local public benefits
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0151 Ban on sanctuary cities and counties.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Gray, Clem, Jennings, Laursen and Washut and Senator(s) Agar, Biteman, Driskill, Hicks, Hutchings, James and Kinskey
AN ACT relating to cities, towns and counties; prohibiting the implementation of immigration sanctuary policies by cities, towns and counties; providing penalties; requiring certification of compliance; requiring a report
HOUSE BILL NO. HB0127 Tax refund to elderly and disabled.
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Hallinan, Blake, Clem, Connolly, Edwards, Haley, Jennings, Miller, Pelkey, Pownall, Salazar, Sweeney and Zwonitzer and Senator(s) Anselmi-Dalton, Ellis and Pappas
AN ACT relating to taxation and revenue; amending eligibility criteria for the tax refund to the elderly and disabled program; providing an appropriation
SENATE FILE NO. SF0085 Wyoming Medicaid Fraud Control Act.
Sponsored by: Senator(s) Nethercott, Anselmi-Dalton, Baldwin, Boner, Kinskey and Perkins and Representative(s) Greear, Larsen, Pownall, Stith and Wilson
AN ACT relating to medical assistance; establishing the Medicaid fraud control unit within the office of the attorney general; specifying duties; requiring access to Medicaid records; creating criminal penalties relating to Medicaid; authorizing the aggregation of claims under certain circumstances; authorizing exclusion or suspension of Medicaid providers; making conforming amendments; authorizing the promulgation of rules; repealing provisions
SENATE FILE NO. SF0078 Archaeological human burial sites.
Sponsored by: Senator(s) Boner, Anselmi-Dalton, Case, Ellis and Hicks and Representative(s) Blake, Clausen, Clifford, Larsen and Lindholm
AN ACT relating to criminal procedure; requiring notification of law enforcement and the coroner when human remains are discovered; providing for exhumation and reinterment of human remains on state and private lands; providing for notification of the state archaeologist and others of archaeological human remains and burials; requiring development of a protocol for consultation, repatriation and reinterment or other disposition of Native American human remains; creating a misdemeanor; making conforming amendments; requiring county coroners to produce an inventory
SENATE FILE NO. SF0072 Sexual assault biological evidence reporting.
Sponsored by: Senator(s) Ellis, Anselmi-Dalton, Biteman, Driskill and Gierau and Representative(s) Duncan, Greear, Kinner, Lindholm, Newsome, Olsen, Salazar and Schwartz
AN ACT relating to criminal history records; requiring statistical reports relating to sexual assault biological evidence and the status of laboratory analysis; providing for publication; amending payment obligations for examination costs; prohibiting the destruction of evidence as specified; providing definition; making conforming amendments
SENATE FILE NO. SF0075 Repeal gun free zones and preemption amendments.
Sponsored by: Senator(s) Bouchard, Agar, Bebout, Biteman, Boner, Case, Dockstader, Driskill, Hicks, Hutchings, James, Kinskey and Steinmetz and Representative(s) Blackburn, Brown, Burkhart, Clausen, Clem, Edwards, Gray, Hunt, Jennings, Laursen, Lindholm, Loucks, Miller, Olsen, Piiparinen, Pownall, Salazar, Stith, Styvar, Tass, Washut, Western and Winter
AN ACT relating to concealed weapons; repealing gun free zones; providing for the carrying of concealed weapons as specified; clarifying that only the state legislature may regulate firearms, weapons and ammunition as specified; amending a definition