Legislative session begins

By: 
Alexis Barker, NLJ News Editor

The 67th Wyoming Legislature convened on Tuesday, Jan. 10, for a 37-day General Session. 

“The Wyoming Senate and House of Representatives will hold opening ceremonies as their first order of business and new members of the Legislature and legislative leadership will be sworn in at this time,” a Jan. 5 press release says. “The bodies will begin introducing legislation in their respective chambers after a brief recess Tuesday afternoon.”

Weston County will be sending one new member to the legislature this year in Rep. Allen Slagle, R-Newcastle. He will be joining veteran lawmakers Rep. Chip Neiman, R-Hulett, and Sens. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, and Cheri Steinmetz, R-Lingle.

On Wednesday, the Legislature will convene in a joint session with both the Senate and the House receiving the State of the State message from Gov. Mark Gordon. After Gordon’s address, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Kate M. Fox will deliver the State of the Judiciary message.

Residents are encouraged to participate in the session by visiting the legislature’s website at  wyoleg.gov, which will be continually updated as each bill moves through the legislative process.

“Wyoming residents are encouraged to use the Wyoming Legislature’s website to track legislation and participate in policy making during the 2023 General Session,” a Jan. 9 press release states. 

Constituents can use the site to access legislation text and amendments, as well as track the status of any bill. 

“The status for bills in the House and Senate can be tracked via the legislative website by clicking on the ‘View and Track Legislation’ link on the homepage, or the 2023 General Session Bills link under Legislation in the lower portion of the website. Additionally, residents can find information about how their legislators voted by clicking on the “Votes” tab on each individual bill page. The results are posted after each roll call vote is taken,” the release says. 

Also available on the website are the dates and times of standing committee meetings and daily floor schedules for both bodies. 

Those interested in what is happening during each step of the process have access to the Wyoming Legislature anywhere through the Legislature’s YouTube page. 

“The public can watch live and archived video of House and Senate floor proceedings and committee meetings on the Legislature’s YouTube channel. Users can access videos by clicking the YouTube icon on the Legislature’s Website, or by searching “Wyoming Legislature” on YouTube,” the release says. 

And for those who want to take it one step further and share their opinion on certain topics with their elected officials, the Legislature’s website can help you with that too. Contact information — including email addresses — for all representatives and senators can be found at wyoleg.gov. 

 

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