Senate Appropriations Committee

SHERIDAN — Wyoming Senate Vice President Dave Kinskey was removed from his position as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.   Kinskey, R-Sheridan, was chair of the committee for the previous two sessions and was slated to continue as chair until Senate President Ogden Driskill, R...

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As the Wyoming State Legislature’s general session approaches its end, local legislators are mourning bills that are essentially dead as "shenanigans" continue at the state capitol.    “We had two bills on ESG (environmental, social and governance) from Senator [Bo] Biteman, of which the House...
CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon issued 21 line-item vetoes to the supplemental budget bill passed by the Wyoming Legislature this general session. The vetoes — outlined in a letter sent Friday evening to House Speaker Albert Sommers, R-Pinedale — balanced applauding the successes of lawmakers and...
CODY — The first bill from a Park County legislator to successfully pass both the House and Senate this session will allocate millions of dollars to a pension plan for over 2,300 volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians and search and rescue team members across the state.   But it...
CHEYENNE — The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would extend Medicaid postpartum coverage for mothers for 12 months after a child is born until 2027.   Members of the committee voted 3-1-1 to send House Bill 4 to the Senate floor, and it was re-...
CHEYENNE — An unprecedented $1.4 billion will be placed into savings by the Wyoming Legislature upon the governor’s final approval of the supplemental budget bill. The 2023-24 supplemental budget was carefully assembled by the Joint Appropriations Committee throughout the interim, and final...

Sen. Larry Hicks (R-Baggs) responds to criticism about a bill he conceived that would send $5.25 million from Wyoming's rainy day fund to states that share a border with Mexico. (Mike Koshmrl/WyoFile)

 
CHEYENNE — Sen. Larry Hicks (R-Baggs) doesn’t consider himself a racist, bigot or xenophobe.    In the majority floor leader’s office just off the Wyoming Senate gallery last week, he said that part of the promise of the United States is what it offers to immigrants: “the freest country in the...
CHEYENNE —The Wyoming Legislature kicked off the first week it will work through the 2023-24 supplemental budget on Monday.   Since the state operates on a two-year budgeting process, this is an update halfway through the biennium to address unexpected costs, inflationary concerns and agency ...
CHEYENNE —A bill that would allocate $10 million for school crosswalk improvements and pedestrian bridges was advanced unanimously Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. This was the second time Senate File 35 was considered by a committee during this year’s general session, after it was...
Between the funding for K-12 schools in the general budget bill and Senate File 67 – State funded capital construction, this week the Legislature signed off on $362 million in spending on construction, renovation and maintenance of state-owned buildings. All projects sailed easily through both the...

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