- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Feb. 17, the eighth day of the 2016 budget session:

BUDGET: Both the House and Senate reviewed the general government appropriations bill on its second reading. Both houses heard scores of proposed amendments. Both houses will hold a third reading of the bill likely later this week.

TRIBAL LICENSE PLATES: The House for the second time voted to approve developing license plates to honor the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Indian tribes.

WOLVES AND BEARS: The House for the second time voted to approve a resolution requesting Congress to enact legislation to remove the gray wolf and grizzly bear populations from listing under the Endangered Species Act.

BIKES AND PEDESTRIANS: The House introduced a bill that would create a task force to study the benefits and opportunities of bicycle and pedestrian pathways and natural surface trails in the state. The bill already has passed in the Senate.

WORKERS COMPENSATION FUND: The Senate received for introduction a bill that would authorize the state treasurer to determine how much of the state’s worker’s compensation fund to invest in the stock market. The bill already has passed in the House.

AG OPINIONS: The House received for introduction a bill that would expand the responsibility of the state attorney general to provide formal opinions on matters of law to legislators.

RAILROAD QUIET ZONES: The Senate for the second time voted to approve a bill that would require the state transportation department and transportation commission to administer a railroad quiet zone program to minimize the sounding of horns in residential areas.

PURPLE HEART CITATIONS: The Senate placed on the general file a bill that would authorize people who have received the Purple Heart medal in military service to receive lifetime bird, small game and fishing licenses without charge.

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