Bills of Interest- Updated 2/08/19

This is by no means a complete list of bills that are of interest. The following bills are still alive as of 2/18/19.



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.
1/10/2019 H Received for Introduction 2/4/2019 H COW:Passed 2/5/2019 H 2nd Reading:Passed
2/6/2019 H 3rd Reading:Passed 38-21-1-0-0 2/7/2019 S Received for Introduction 2/7/2019 S Introduced and Referred to S10 – Labor

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.
1/15/2019 H Introduced and Referred to H10 – Labor
1/24/2019 H10 – Labor:Recommend Do Pass 5-4-0-0-0
1/24/2019 H Placed on General File
1/30/2019 H COW:Passed
2/1/2019 H 3rd Reading:Passed 36-21-3-0-0 2/4/2019  S Received for Introduction 2/5/2019  S Introduced and Referred to S01 – Judiciary

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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.
1/10/2019 H Received for Introduction
1/23/2019 H Introduced and Referred to H01 – Judiciary
1/31/2019 H01 – Judiciary:Recommend Do Pass 8-1-0-0-0
1/31/2019 H Placed on General File
2/4/2019 H COW:Passed 2/5/2019 H 2nd Reading:Passed 2/6/2019 H 3rd Reading:Passed 54-5-1-0-0 2/7/2019 S Received for Introduction 2/7/2019 S Introduced and Referred to S01 – Judiciary


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
1/15/2019 H Introduced and Referred to H01 – Judiciary
1/22/2019 H01 – Judiciary:Recommend Do Pass 6-3-0-0-0
1/22/2019 H Placed on General File 1/30/2019 H COW:Passed 1/31/2019 H 2nd Reading:Passed 2/1/2019 H 3rd Reading:Passed 36-22-2-0-0 2/1/2019 S Received for Introduction 2/4/2019 S Introduced and Referred to S10 – Labor


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
1/17/2019 H Introduced and Referred to H03 – Revenue
1/18/2019 H03 – Revenue:Recommend Amend and Do Pass 9-0-0-0-0
1/24/2019 H Placed on General File 2/4/2019 H 2nd Reading:Passed 2/5/2019 H 3rd Reading:Passed 47-13-0-0-0

HOUSE BILL NO. HB0163 Child labor penalties.

Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly, Barlow, Brown, Hallinan and Sweeney and Senator(s) Gierau

AN ACT relating to employment of children; clarifying the penalties for violating child labor laws; clarifying an exemption; repealing a provision 1/17/2019 H Introduced and Referred to H01 – Judiciary 1/22/2019 H01 – Judiciary:Recommend Amend and Do Pass 8-0-1-0-0
1/22/2019 H Placed on General File 1/30/2019 H COW:Passed 1/31/2019 H 2nd Reading:Passed 2/1/2019 H 3rd Reading:Passed 33-25-2-0-0 2/4/2019 S Received for Introduction 2/5/2019 S Introduced and Referred to S10 – Labor



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
1/14/2019 S Introduced and Referred to S01 – Judiciary
1/18/2019 S01 – Judiciary:Recommend Amend and Do Pass 5-0-0-0-0 1/23/2019 S 2nd Reading:Passed 1/24/2019 S 3rd Reading:Passed 25-3-2-0-0
1/28/2019 H Received for Introduction

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 1/11/2019 S Introduced and Referred to S01 – Judiciary
1/23/2019 S01 – Judiciary:Recommend Do Pass 5-0-0-0-0 1/23/2019 S Placed on General File 1/24/2019 S COW:Passed 1/25/ 2019 S 2nd Reading:Passed 1/28/2019 S 3rd Reading:Passed 30-0-0-0-0
1/28/2019 H Received for Introduction
2/6/2019 H Introduced and Referred to H06 – Travel

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
1/16/2019 S01 – Judiciary:Recommend Do Pass 5-0-0-0-0

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

1/10/2019 S Received for Introduction 1/10/2019 S Introduced and Referred to S01 – Judiciary 1/16/2019 S01 – Judiciary:Recommend Do Pass 5-0-0-0-0 1/16/2019 S Placed on General File 1/17/2019 S COW:Passed 1/18/2019 S 2nd Reading:Passed 1/22/2019 S 3rd Reading:Passed 29-0-1-0-0
1/22/2019 H Received for Introduction
2/6/2019 H Introduced and Referred to H01 – Judiciary

SENATE FILE NO. SF0089 Death benefits- Wyoming Retirement Plans

Sponsored By: APPROPRIATIONS

AN ACT relating to retirement plans administered by the board of the Wyoming retirement system; amending death benefits paid under specified retirement plans for future nonvested members who are not employed by a participating employer at the time of death; specifying applicability; and providing for an effective date. 1/11/2019 Bill Number Assigned 1/14/2019 S Received for Introduction 1/14/2019 S Introduced and Referred to S02 – Appropriations 1/16/2019 S02 – Appropriations:Recommend Do Pass 5-0-0-0-0 1/16/2019 S Placed on General File 1/17/2019 S COW:Passed 1/18/2019 S 2nd Reading:Passed 1/22/2019 S 3rd Reading:Passed 29-0-1-0-0
1/22/2019 H Received for Introduction


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