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CASPER — A Joint Conference Committee will be brought together to bridge the $1.1 billion gap between the House of Representatives’ and Senate’s budget.    The House of Representatives passed 70 amendments to the budget and the Senate passed 63 last week. The gap in the budget is due to the House...

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The Budget Session of the 67th Wyoming Legislature is halfway over, and work on the budget is going strong, according to local legislators Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett; Rep. Allen Slagle, R-Newcastle; and Senate President Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower — but none of them appear entirely satisfied...

Gov. Mark Gordon speaks to reporters during the Western Governors' Association's winter meeting Nov. 6, 2023 in Teton Village. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

 
FROM WYOFILE:    A Senate amendment would block or otherwise ‘sweep’ some $400 million back into savings and budget accounts due to concerns over spending authority. It comes amid far-right backlash over the governor’s energy policies.   When the Wyoming Energy Authority’s review committee for the...

A climber ascends a route in the popular Powers Wall zone of Tensleep Canyon in July 2022. (Katie Klingsporn/WyoFile)

FROM WYOFILE:    Student lobbyists worked to counter confusion about the bill in committee. They hope lawmakers get educated before they consider it on the Senate floor.   An outdoor recreation funding bill sailed out of a Senate committee Tuesday after lawmakers and residents heaped praise on it....
CHEYENNE - After convening Feb. 12, the Wyoming Legislature has passed the midway point for the 2024 Budget Session. Tuesday marked the crossover period for the body, meaning it was the last day for third reading in the house of origin. Any legislation that did not successfully pass third reading...

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ROCK SPRINGS — Independently- owned hemp shops are in jeopardy as the Wyoming Legislature looks at strict regulations.   Senate File 32, Hemp Limitations on Psychoactive Substances, would wipe out anyone’s ability to sell hemp products containing delta-8, delta-10, HHCo and other products with...
SHERIDAN — Delta-8 THC, a hemp-derived cannabinoid that is legal in Wyoming, has gained popularity since 2018 as an alternative to delta-9 THC. But it’s largely unregulated and may pose health risks to the community, a Wyoming prosecutor said.   Delta-8 vs. Marijuana   Marijuana is a type of...

Rep. Jon Conrad (R-Mountain View) addresses the Wyoming House of Representatives during the 2024 legislative session. (Ashton J. Hacke/WyoFile)

FROM WYOFILE:    This year’s 988 lifeline funding bill failed to meet a procedural deadline. But a budget amendment lawmakers adopted last week could keep funding alive through the session.   This year’s 988 suicide lifeline funding bill is moot. But funding for the lifeline could still survive the...

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CHEYENNE — Appropriations committees in both chambers of the Wyoming Legislature had a first look at the opposite chamber’s budget on Monday, and conversations about the possibility of a special session have already begun.   There is a $1.1 billion difference between the two chambers’ budgets, the...
POWELL — Two bills that would further the cause of eliminating schools as gun free zones, Senate File 86 and House Bill 125, passed their respective committees of the whole Friday to stay alive in the quick legislative session.    If they are made into law, they would provide funding for schools to...

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