CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Mon., March 3, the 16th day of the 2014 Budget Session:
BUDGET: Both houses of the Wyoming Legislature approved a conference committee report on the budget that included calling for the state to investigate the possibility of reaching an agreement with the federal government on how to expand Medicaid. The budget bill now goes to Gov. Matt Mead.
80 MPH SPEED LIMIT: The Senate for the second time approved a bill that would allow increasing the speed limit to 80 mph on some sections of highway. It already has passed the House.
TAXIDERMISTS: The Senate gave final approval to a bill to require licensure of taxidermists before they may receive wildlife specimens.
WIND RIVER RESERVATION: A bill that sought to specify the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation died in committee. The state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are facing off in federal court over the agency’s determination that an act of Congress early in the last century that opened lands around Riverton to settlement by non-Indians failed to terminate the land’s legal status as Indian Country.
EPINEPHRINE: The Senate for the second time approved a bill that would allow schools administer epinephrine to students. The drug can help students who are allergic to bee stings and similar things.
GRAND TETON: The House gave initial approval to a bill that would authorize state officials to trade two state parcels in Grand Teton National Park for federal property elsewhere.
UNEMPLOYMENT: The House gave final approval to a bill that would specify that workers who lose their jobs for misconduct would not be eligible for unemployment benefits.